Table Football, Table Soccer and Foosball, are regional names of a table-top game based on association football (EUR) or soccer (USA). The name "foosball" comes from the German word for football, "fussball" or "fußball". Both a recreational game and a serious sport, the game can be played by two (singles) or four (doubles) players.
Tables are broadly defined as professional or home-grade. The tables function the same, but just like pool tables, vary widely in features.
Home-grade tables are great for kids and casual players. A professional grade table in a home game room is a sign of a serious player.
Foosball is played world-wide and professional grade tables reflect unique characteristics of their country of origin.
Serious players need the additional ball control, weight and strength the professional-grade products feature to handle four adult players.
Currently the game of Foosball is again expanding in popularity. For serious players there are local, state, regional, national and international tournaments.