If you have a game or recreational room in your home that seems to be missing that one piece that makes the place a truly fun place to be, consider adding a foosball table as a focal point within the area. While you still want a large table with copious seating for card and board games, and possibly even a pool table to one side, finding room for a foosball table adds a dimension of fun the other pieces don’t bring.
Card games, board games, and even a game of pool can take time. Pool also is usually best suited for just two players. A foosball table on the other hand is instant gratification for two people playing one on one or even four people playing two on two. The cool thing is that if someone is particularly good, they can play by themselves against a pair of opponents, so that a group of three can get a game going for some fun.
Foosball is very simple to play, as a ball is dropped in and players maneuver lines of stick figures on rolling bars, pulling and pushing them back and forth and flipping or tilting them to move the ball across the field, trying to score soccer goals against their opponent.
Games are usually to 10 points, but opponents can set their own score goals, or just get in a few quick points before having to go out, while waiting on dinner, or just while the real game of the night is set up. It is quick simple fun that teenagers and tall enough kids love, while parents might be more likely to hang out at the game table or pool table.
Foosball tables are not overly expensive, and are relatively light to move around, so it is something that can be easily set aside to make room for large parties or groups of people. Having said that, it’s also easy to put up two or more of them and have a foosball tournament of sorts if you invite enough people over to your home.
Check your local recreational store for what models they might have. You can also order online, but keep an eye on shipping and handling given the size of the item in question. Also keep an eye out on local ads, as downsizing households whose kids have moved on occasionally have them for sale.