Foosball tables come in all shapes and sizes, meaning that the number of players per team can vary greatly depending on how much space there is to take up. It also means that player configuration can change depending on whether there is one dedicated goalie player, or three players lined up the goalie line. This difference between the one-man goalie configuration and the three-man goalie configuration is ultimately what determines how many players per team are on a foosball table field.
On a standard foosball table, there can be either twenty-six players or twenty-two players. Tables with twenty-two players have two teams of eleven, made up of one goalie, two defensemen, five midfield players, and three strikers. Tables with twenty-six players have three goalkeepers, two defensemen, five midfielders, and three strikers.
What is a Player?
When referring to a foosball player, people may become confused with the actual people playing the game. In foosball, the little figurines on the rods used to hit the foosball around are known as “players.” They’re also known as foosball men. However, for the purposes of this article, they will be referred to as players, and the actual humans playing the game will be referred to as “people” or “teams.”
Most modern players are made of plastic with flat bases or “feet” to better propel the foosball along the table’s surface. More traditional foosball tables made of wood will also have wooden players, but these versions tend to wear down faster over time without proper maintenance. Wooden players are also more difficult to replace because many have custom painted faces, while plastic players can easily be purchased in bulk from retailers.
Twenty-Six Player Foosball Table
Foosball tables with twenty-six players tend to be one of the more common models found at bars, arcades, and home entertainment areas. With four rods for each person to control, these standard-sized tables are perfect for one-on-one matches. There may even be enough room to allow for two-on-two games, with each person controlling two rods. The average twenty-six player foosball table measures 2.5ft wide (0.76m) by 5 ft in length (1.5m).
It should also be noted that the twenty-six-player foosball table is what’s used in standard foosball competitions. If you’re looking to have as close to the real foosball game experience in your own home, consider buying a twenty-six-player foosball table!
Twenty-Two Player Foosball Table
The twenty-two-player foosball table is the next most common model. Reflecting the configuration and numbers of an actual football team, it’s easy to understand and to play along. Again, these foosball tables have four rods, meaning that they’re ideal for one-on-one or two-on-two games.
It is possible to have four people on one team, each manning their own foosball rod, but it can become quite crowded if the foosball table is smaller on average. A competition-regulated foosball table’s size is 2.5ft (0.76m) wide by 4.7ft (1.4m) long by 3ft (0.9m) tall.
Specialty Foosball Tables
Foosball Tables for Four People
As mentioned before, not all foosball tables are made in the same sizes and therefore can have a varying amount of field players. Some tables have been designed with playfields that are much longer, allowing for more players and an extended number of rods.
Foosball tables for four people are designed to allow each person to control up to four rods for two-on-two matches. These tables are designed to comfortably allow four people to play together without taking up too much if each other’s room.
Foosball Tables for Six People
Three-on-three matches are relatively uncommon, but not impossible with the right foosball table. With twelve total rods with three players each, a foosball table designed for six people can host up to eighteen players per team. Measuring 2.5ft (0.76m) in width by 4.42ft (1.35m) in length, these tables can host teams for a one-on-one and up to three-on-three games.
Foosball Tables for Eight People
It’s not uncommon to find foosball tables designed for eight people at the local pub or arcade, These tables are made significantly longer to accommodate for more people playing. Measuring 2.5ft (0.76m) wide by 8.5ft (2.59m) long.
With sixteen rods in total, these types of foosball tables can host games played one-on-one to four-on-four. There are twenty-one players on each team, meaning that there are forty-two players on the entire length of the playfield. Foosball with seven other of your friends is both fun and chaotic, so definitely don’t pass up the chance to play on one of these longer foosball tables.
Human Foosball Table
Everything’s more fun when it’s super-sized! Human foosball table takes foosball to the extreme. Not quite soccer, not quite a bar game, human foosball table takes a bit more setup to get the ball rolling (figuratively and literally). Human foosball table requires an inflatable base.
Once inflated, people in teams of up to eleven can step into the playfield, hold on to plastic poles (rods) and kick a ball around with their own two feet. It’s just like traditional football, but literally, anyone can play and there isn’t as much running around. Of course, in the case of the human foosball table, the more is definitely the merrier!
Coffee Table Foosball
This is exactly as it sounds: coffee tables designed with built-in foosball tables. These tables are a great way to relax and can easily fit into anyone’s living room without taking up too much space. They’re compact and still function as a table surface when not in use.
Because these tables are quite small, there may only be enough room for two to three rods with up to three players on each. They don’t typically follow the standard configuration of one-goalie or three-goalie lineups as there usually isn’t enough space. There are usually up to eighteen players, but this can obviously vary depending on the coffee table’s size.
The World’s Largest Foosball Table
A Guinness World Record was set in Italy for the world’s longest foosball table on September 24th, 2015. Measuring 398ft (121.4m) in length, it hosted up to 424 people, 212 people on each team. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever come across a foosball table this long at your local arcade, but it’s definitely a feat to behold. Each rod had three players, meaning that there were 1,272 total players on the field!
While this foosball table was created for a one-time charity event, it definitely sets the expectation that the world record can be broken. If you have enough time and motivation to make an even larger foosball table, you and your friends could be the next world record holders for the longest foosball table.
Mini Tabletop Foosball Tables
The internet has an odd fascination with things made miniature. There are currently several novelty foosball tables that are small enough to fit on the surface of your office desk. There’s really no skill required to play these tiny versions, as the rods are too small to really offer a lot of control, but it’s a nice little decoration to have to add a pop of color to your work area. The number of players on these mini foosball models can range greatly depending on how much space there is and how small the players are.
Foosball Table Styles
A lot of people don’t know that foosball tables can vary in style depending on where it was manufactured. Many people tend to think about the American-style, as this format has dominated a lot of mainstream foosball. But there are significant differences between foosball tables made in the French-style, Germany-style, Italian-style, and even Spanish-style.
The biggest difference between each style primarily comes down to the foosball table’s materials. Depending on the table’s style, the players can be made of different material and have an entirely different feel when playing. Players can range from being made of wood or plastic, and the table’s surface can vastly change the gaming experience.
Once again, the number of players is entirely determined by the size of the foosball table. In general, most tables follow a similar configuration to an actual football team, gearing towards eleven players for both teams to reflect a real game of football.