Despite the fact that similar games have been patented as long ago as the 1890s, the game of table football, or Foosball as it is more commonly known in the US was invented in the UK in 1921 and patented two years later. The inventor of the game, got the idea from watching a football (soccer) game and then designed both the players and the playing table. Four years after it was patented, his brother Louis brought the game to the US in 1927. Today, there are numerous retailers and websites the offer Foosball tables for sale.
The Foosball tables for sale today vary in size as well as the number of men or players that the tables are equipped with depending on what country you call home. Tables are designed to accommodate either 2 or 4 players. However, the city of Berlin, Germany is the home of the Leonhart table, table so large that it will accommodate 11 players per side. Obviously, you are not going to want a Foosball table that large in your game room (and neither is your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife).
However, for the man who has everything including the game room space for it and loves his indoor activities or sports, Foosball tables for sale make an ideal gift. As with any other type of consumer good, you definitely do get what you pay for where these gaming tables are concerned. So the first rule of thumb is that saving money is always good, but buying too cheap is another story, especially when you are shopping for a Foosball table to give as a gift.
The first thing you want to do is measure the space where the table is going to be set-up. Most of the Foosball tables for sale today need about 36 square feet of space with about a two to three foot lane around them to accommodate both or all 4 players. Remember, there are different sizes available should you have to purchase a smaller two-player table. Just be sure you measure that space as accurately as possible.
Determine what features you want when you start searching through all of the different Foosball tables for sale. If there are certain players numbers that you want or if you want the table and players made from a specific wood, you should consider paying a little extra and get a customized table if those numbers or woods are not available in regular stock. Just be sure to keep options open as customized tables can be extremely expensive.
In closing, make sure that you have established a budget for the Foosball tables for sale that you may be interested in purchasing. You can pay as little as $100 to as much as $500 or $600. Obviously, you are going to want to do a lot of comparison shopping before making your decision, especially if it is a gift. Remember that there are always good quality Foosball tables for sale that are previously-owned (used) if you have a skinny budget to work with.
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