Many factors go into selecting the right table. You will find countless models online from various different manufacturers, all at different price points, but which exactly is the best for you? The choice can be overwhelming, but taking just a few things into account – what you want in a table, budget, intended location etc – can make selecting your table much, much easier.
The International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) has five Official Tables. All are manufactured to the highest standards, being robust and durable as well as supporting a technical and precise style of play.
- The classic design of the French style Bonzini table hasn’t changed since the table was first manufactured more than 50 years ago.
- Since the early 1970s, the most popular tables in the UK are made in the Italian style. Garlando and Roberto Sport tables can be found in all kinds of locations across the country.
- Germany-manufactured Leonhart tables are well made and tremendously accessible, supporting all styles of play.
- The USA has a thriving foosball scene, central to which is the Texas-manufactured Tornado table.
Depending on which model you want, prices range between £800-£2000.
In previous times coin-operated tables were more popular however with fewer people carrying cash (and less tables in bars and pubs) freeplay or homeplay tables are increasingly the norm.
If you’re simply looking for a table to have fun with the family with, there’s just as wide a range of tables to choose from, many of which can be had for very modest prices – as little as £100.
Bear in mind that there may be tables available which may be great fun to look at and play, but may not be best suited for the more serious players. For instance, as impressive as an 11-a-side football table may be (yes – such a thing exists!), it may not be the greatest choice for a discerning professional, or indeed for most living rooms. Likewise the very cheapest tables are produced to low specifications and you may find it’s not long before something is irreparably broken.
Important features to look out for are telescopic rods or solid rods – serious players prefer solid rods, but if the table will be used by children telescopic rods are far safer and can avoid serious injury. Consider whether you would like leg levellers to avoid the ball rolling annoyingly to one corner of the pitch. Also ask yourself whether you would like to use the table outdoors as there are some tables specifically designed for this; if you keep an indoor table outside, even with a cover, damp can cause major problems.