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How to play football table

The game consists in scoring more goals than the opposing player or team with the number of balls you have from the beginning. These can be made out of cork or plastic.

The official is the only authority during a football table game, and his decision cannot be challenged. If a player has an unsportsmanlike behavior, or tends to ask for frequent time out, the official may require a penalty point to be added or a temporary exclusion.

regles-du-babyfoot To start a match
A football table game starts with a coin flip. The player that wins the flip has the choice of table side. The first ball is thrown against the wood of the table.
At the end of each game, players must switch sides. The player serving is the one that did not serve the previous game.

Switching positions
In football table, switching positions can only take place during a time out, between points and before the ball is put into play.

Ball off the table
If the ball leaves the playing area, a time out is called and the ball is put into play from the closest corner where it left the table.

Dead ball
If the ball is declared dead between the midfields rod, the ball is served once again from the middle.
If it stops its motion and is inaccessible for both teams, it is put back into game from the backfield where it remained blocked. The same rule applies if the ball is declared dead in a goal. If any doubts remain, the official will flip a coin.

Ask "Ready?"
Before serving you always have to ask "Ready?" and a confirmation from the other players is required.

Les pissettes
A pisssette is the act of scoring with lateral strikers while the opponent's defenders are offset to the maximum on the same side. Judge too easy, this shot is forbidden by football table rules in arcades…but authorized in competition!

Spinning consists in a rotation of more than 360° of any figure before or after striking the ball.

The midfield shot
Shooting and scoring with the midfield rod (voluntarily or accidentally) is considered as a goal in the following cases:
- if the opposing team deflected the ball with it midfield rod
- if the midfield rod scores against its own team
- if the ball moves towards the goal, bounces against the opposing defenders and then finishes in the goal.

Le contre des demis
A contre des demis cannot lead to a goal unless the player held the midfield bar at the crucial moment.

The dish
Very famous in football table, the dish occurs when a ball enters and then leaves the goal. It is considered as a goal. The ball is put back into play as normal.

Going fishing
Going fishing is a forbidden action that consists of recovering the ball in the goal before it falls into the table. Either the player takes a point away from their opponent or they add one.

A lob is when the ball passes above the goal bar and scores, will count for two points. In defence, only the goalie has the right to turn upside-down to counter a lob.

Dead ball
A ball is dead when there are only two balls to play and there is a tie. The team that scores with the dead ball wins the match.

Forbidden baby foot behaviour
The rules for baby foot forbid the following behaviours: annoy your opponent, distract them – blow on the ball or keep it under a bar for more than 10 seconds – violently move the table – hit the posts – score the last goal with midfielders. This takes two points away from the player.