A foosball table is a table-top game that is loosely based on soccer. The game, also known as table football, was invented by Harold Searles Thornton in 1922. Mr. Thornton’s inspiration for the toy was his avid support for British association football matches and he aimed to make a smaller version that could be played at home. Eventually, his uncle took table football to America where its popularity grew steadily.
Generally, foosball consists of eight rows of players, made out of wood or plastic, which are mounted on metal bars. Either two or four players can compete against each other, although some tables are built to accommodate more. The goal of the game is to use the horizontal bars to control your «team» and score more goals than your opponent. Each team controls a goalie, defense, midfield, and attack players.
Table football games are extremely popular fixtures as well. Having one in your home ensures that you and your friends will never have to worry about being bored. And apart from their entertainment value, the tables are also sought after decoration pieces. The different colors, sizes, and types of football tables ensures that you will be able to find one that works with your home’s interior. The older foosball tables are especially popular with enthusiasts and collectors. If you are lucky enough to own one of these items, make sure and take special care of them.
These objects are unfortunately prone to quite a bit of wear and tear and will occasionally require a bit of maintenance. First you will need to take apart the playing field. This includes unscrewing the metal bars which hold the players. To help yourself remember, later, how to reassemble the bars, consider taking a picture of the field beforehand.
You will next have to check all of the game’s moving pieces for damage. The foosball players, whether they are made out of plastic or wood, will most likely require a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. Other aspects of the game, such as the playing field and ball, will likely require some paint as well.
If one or more of the players is damaged beyond repair, you will have to order new ones. Many hobby shops and specialty websites sell replacement parts and cleaning supplies aimed at foosball tables. These include replacement balls, rubber bumpers, stop rings, and goalie nets. If any part of the game can’t be repaired, you can consider replacing them altogether.
Pay close attention to the legs and bottom of the football table and determine if these areas require any maintenance. If they are loose or wobbly, you may have to tighten or replace them. Depending on the state of the bottom, it may need a bit of sanding or reinforcing.
After all the cleaning is finished and the paint has dried, you can finish the refurbishment project by reassembling the fixture. Using the photograph you took beforehand, put the game’s playing field back together and reattach the players. Then, all that’s left is to start enjoying your toy once again.