Foosball is a fun and competitive game that requires skill, strategy and teamwork. But there is one rule that many players tend to break or ignore: no spinning. Spinning is when you rotate the rod more than 360 degrees before or after hitting the ball.
In this article, we will explain why spinning is illegal in foosball, how it affects the game, and what you can do to avoid it.
What is Spinning?
ITSF( international table soccer federation) has defined Spinning as ” the rotation of any soccer figure greater than 360 degrees before or greater than 360 degrees after striking the ball”.
Can You Spin in Foosball?
No, If you are playing professional in any tournament its considered as Major Foul and If you are playing with your friends or family than spinning is not a problem.
Amateur people who do not know the game of foosball often opt to go for a powerful strike which ends up in a 360 rotation of the figure. They aim to hit the ball with a powerful strike, hoping it ends up as a goal against the opponent. This is one of the most major conducted fouls of the game.
People opt for Spinning during the game as it gives them a thrill, whereas they are unaware that Spinning takes the professionalism element out of the game. We also might see violence in this rule if it is a formal game. People often go spinning to score faster than the opponent in casual games of foosball among friends at a party or in an arena.
If we want to play this game adequately as it is supposed to, we must immediately stop ourselves from this spinning habit and learn to strike without spinning or committing any other fouls.
Why Spinning is Illegal in Foosball?
Foosball is considered a game of high skill and control, in which players show expert wrist movement on their rods to strike and win the game by scoring five (5) goals first. This game is all about skill, not unpredictable, aggressive, impulsive shots coming from spinning.
Spinning takes away this game element as such shots may end up exiting out of the table. Such uncalculated, uncontrolled attempts may upset the game in many ways; they might halt or hurt any player. So, therefore, ITSF (International Table Soccer Federation) has given the illegal status to Spinning.
Does Spinning give the Player Any Favor?
NO, is the answer to this question. Spinning gives no favor to the player committing this foul. This is one of the myths of the game that Spinning can help us win, but it is far from the truth.
Spinning is nothing but unpredictable shots based on sheer luck. Spinning only causes trouble during the game for both players and slows down the learning experience for the player. Sooner or later, people start relying on Spinning, which is one of the primary reasons they fail to reach the high stages of this game, as their playing foundation is based on Spinning, which is a foul.
How to Know if Someone is Spinning?
We often find ourselves in a situation where we are uncertain if someone is spinning during the game or not. This question can be answered if we closely look at the opponent’s shot and see if his soccer figure is making a rotation of more than 360degrrees.
If the rotation is more than 360 degrees, it is spinning and a foul, but if it is less than 360 degrees, it is not spinning and a legal shot.
Foosball Spinning Rule:
Since ITSF came into being, all the foosball rules have been observed in every level of gameplay, which means spinning is prohibited on every level of professional to amateur gameplay. However, since 2012 the players have been allowed two complete 360-degree rotations by the annual world championships and even the world cup federation.
In conclusion, we understand that Spinning is prohibited during gameplay and must be discouraged. If any player wants to learn how to play the game of foosball, they must first drop the habit of Spinning.
Spinning would take the competitive element from the game and make it unpredictable, as the winners would be decided through sheer luck and power thrust shots.
To give justice to this fantastic game of foosball, Spinning was declared an illegal move by ITSF. The solution to drop this Spinning is to learn proper power shots through experience or learn it from other good players who have a grasp of the game.
In this way, we can adapt to a game style that discourages spinning and prompts proper gameplay and sportsmen ship.