Foosball Rules

Human Foosball

The Game

  • Human Foosball is like the classic table top Foosball, however, it is played with real people, a soccer ball and in a large enclosed arena.
  • Two teams compete against each other to score the most goals in the allotted time.
  • Each team consists of 6 players in 3 different rows that must face the opposing teams goal at all times: 1 goalie, 3 mid-fielders and 2 forwards.
  • Teams are allowed up to two (2) spare players, who may only substitute at the intermission during any game.
  • 6 poles are laid cross the arena with a sleeve over each. The sleeve allows the players in each row to move laterally along the pole, but not forward or backward.
  • The game is played in two 10 minute halves, with a 5 minute half-time between each.
  • Teams change sides after half-time.

Human FoosballGame Play

  • Players will be positioned at the appropriate places in the arena.
  • Players must keep both hands on their respective handles at all times, and one foot must be touching the ground. Shoulders must be kept above the bar at all times.
  • The game starts by the ref rolling the ball into play from the mid-field area.
  • Play continues until a penalty occurs, a goal is scored, or the timer runs out.
  • Players can only move laterally from side to side. Mid-Fielders and Forwards must work together to move side to side. Teamwork is key.


  • Once a penalty occurs, the non-offending team gains possession of the ball in the mid-field position. Penalties occur when:
    • Any player or goalie takes their hand off of their handles.
    • The foosball hits or goes over the other side of one of the poles or an object above the pole.
    • The ball goes out of bounds.
    • Any delay of game incident (as determined by the ref)

Restarting the Game

  • When a goal is scored, the game is restarted by giving possession of the ball to the scored on team in the mid-field area.
  • When the ball goes out of bounds (sides or ends), the game is restarted by giving possession of the ball to the non-offending team in the mid-field area.

How the Game Ends

  • The game is over when the time expires.
  • The game officials will provide the final score.
  • Ties after the 20 minute playtime will be determine by a shootout:
    • Each team will choose 1 player to shoot on the opposing goal keeper from anywhere on the forward position.
    • Away team shoots first.
    • If game is still tied after each team shoots, teams must choose another player to shoot.
    • Shooters cannot shoot again until all 6 players on the team have attempted a shot (including goal keepers), after which any player can re-shoot.
    • Winner is determined after any round in which one team scores and the opposing team does not.

Tournament and Other Matters

  • Teams are responsible to ensure they are at their correct location and ready to compete at the scheduled beginning of the round. ┬áThe organizers reserve the right to disqualify any team who is not ready to play. ┬áThis rule is imposed to not to delay the programming for the event.
  • Absolutely no hanging off of the poles, one foot must be on the ground at all times, and shoulders not allowed below the bar.
  • Protective cups are recommended. Protective soccer shin pads and face protection may also be worn by players.
  • Proper footwear is mandatory. Footwear must cover the entire foot and hard covered (steel toes) footwear will not be allowed.
  • A random draw will determine the order in which the games are scheduled and the order of team seeding.
  • The organizers reserve the right to alter the championship order if necessary.
  • The organizers reserve the right to add or delete rules prior to the start of the championship. Please check this website prior to starting play.
  • The organizers reserve the right to prohibit any player or team from participating if they are deemed to cause safety concerns.
  • The organizers reserve the right to reject any entry.
  • All matters not dealt with in these rules should be referred to the organizers, whose decision on such matters shall be binding.

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