How to Play Foosball

Table soccer or Foosball is a game of both skill and accuracy. Being fun and fast paced it is a game that can be played with friends socially as well as with children of all ages. It really is a game that delivers fun for hours but to play you have to have the right equipment, or more specifically the right table to play on.  But even with a table you have to know how to play foosball properly if you want to get better at the game.

How to Play Foosball

Learning to play foosball may sound like an easy take but to actually master the game can take hours of practice and dedication. Foosball isn’t as easy as simply spin the handles as quickly as you can, in fact this is actually against the rules in most places you will play the game.

Instead you need to be able to play the game with skill if you really want to improve but that can be done if you learn to defend and attack in the right way. Attacking in particular is an area where you can learn many new skills including different types of shots which can help when it comes to scoring creative and wonderful goals.

Finding the Right Table

If you want to play foosball properly than the one thing you need is a high quality foosball table. This really is the ingredient for any successful foosball player and is an important purchase because there are so many different types of tables available. Whatever style you’re looking for you will find a table that can suit the environment it will be placed in with modern options right through to tables that are designed to look antique and old.

This means the choice really is yours and you can also choose tables designed for the players who will be using it most, if the table is going to be used mostly be children than a smaller size table may be the best fit. If you’re a skilled player than a table designed to tournament standards may be your best option. The guide shown above compares and reviews the best foosball tables around meaning you can make an informed decision which is the right thing to do as some tables can reach quite high costs. As with any purchase that means a lot of outlay you want to get the best product for your money and the same goes for foosball tables as well.

What is the Best League in the World?

Now this is a question that will get brought up many times in chats between soccer fans so we thought we would try to tackle it ourselves. The standard of soccer around the world has never been better, we are now seeing better players and better teams each and every season but one question still remains answered: What is the Best League in the World? There have even been statistical looks at this question but it is still no easier to answer.

This question is usually a head to head between the Premier League and La Liga. Although in the mid 1990s Serie A would have been a main contender, in recent season the level of the league just hasn’t been up to where it usually is. Although Juventus reached the Champions League final in 2015 they were well beaten by Barcelona and quite frankly they just aren’t challenge in the domestic league which makes it not too fun to watch.

However another real contender has risen in the place of the Italian league, the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich have been a European Super Power for years but the re-emergence of Dortmund in the league means the Bundesliga has heated up in recent years, attracting some of the best managers in the world and hosting some of the most entertaining games played.

One area where the German Bundesliga does rise above the rest is with the fans. Dortmund fans in particular are revered around the world for their unwavering support and non stop singing. Known as the yellow wall  they turn up week in week out to urge their team on and in recent years they have had a lot to cheer about.

However in terms of quality week in week out, even La Liga struggles to compete with the Premier League. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletico may be three of the leading teams in Europe but really below them the quality ends very quickly. We are treated to at least two el classico’s a season and these really are a spectacle in themselves, the best players in the world going head to head, and two of the best ever in Messi vs Ronaldo pitting their wits against each other to see who comes out on top. But these two teams often cruise to results against everyone else in the league, not having to get out of second gear to get results such as 3,4,5 nil which is another reason why Messi and Ronaldo finish with such high goal scoring figures every season.

That is why the Premier League, overall when weighing up all factors and taking everything in to account is pound for pound the best league in the world. Yes, English clubs may have struggled in recent years in the Champions League but everything does go in cycles and in time they will be back to dominate again. There is just too much quality in the English Premier League for this not to happen.

There is a reason the league is watched in so many countries around the world and the fan base continues to grow. People want to see the best players in the world be competitively tested every single game they play and that is the case in the Premier League which can’t be said for every league in Europe.

The Emergence of Women’s Soccer

In celebration of International Women’s day, it is only rightful and timely that we recognize the milestones women have achieved in the sport of football.

Despite the stereotypical notion in sports, which prefers men over women as the more superior athletes, this did not hinder women to pursue their passion for the beautiful game. The bias towards men in the field of sports may have hovered over the development of women’s football since time immemorial. But at this point, it is becoming more apparent that female footballers are becoming more empowered as exhibited by a numerical augment in league participation domestically and internationally.

In a report published by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) entitled Women’s Football Across National Associations for the 2014-2015 season, it has been noted that the number of registered female players across Europe has grown to 1,208,558. An increase by 46,000 players from 2013-2014 and by 5% from its record in 1985 and accounts for 0.3% of the continent’s aggregate population with six  countries hosting at least 60,000 female players (Norway, England, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Germany).

Catering to the continuously growing population of women’s football in Europe, the report likewise noted that 51 countries currently have a league established exclusively for them. On the other hand, the report added, there are 54 other countries that have their own national team, which competes in friendly matches and international competitions sanctioned by FIFA.

Outside of being a player, women still showed dynamic involvement in the development of the game. The same report stated that there are 21,164 qualified coaches and 7,461 referees. In the league’s office, 30% of its employees are women with 19% of them occupying managerial positions.

From a global perspective, the numbers representing the progress women’s football has made over the past two decades are even more impressive.

According to FIFA’s Women’s Football Development portfolio, there are 29 million women and girls all around the world that plays football up from 22 million players recorded in 2000, and comprising 12% of all youth players. 134 teams have been given a ranking by the governing body. The number of participating teams went up from 45 in 1991 to 428; the number matches simultaneously increased from 110 to 398 in 2015.

In the 2015 World Cup, there were 24 teams who participated in the tournament, up from 12 in 1991 during the inaugural version of the tournament.

As the recent developments yield to rising popularity, the coverage of women’s football matches have suddenly bloomed. In Europe, UEFA reported that 75% of the member countries render coverage to women’s football matches with 11 countries offering it on a regular basis. The larger portion of the exposure is allotted to the national team.

But there would never be another better indicator of women’s football’s surging prominence than the 2015 World Cup in Canada. The tournament garnered its highest amount of audience for its Round-of-16 stage with match between the host nation and Switzerland watched by 2.6 million viewers.

The match between China and Cameroon earned an average audience of 5 million, exceeding the coverage for a round-of-16 match up during the previous edition. The finals match between US and Japan was the most-watched football match in the US, with 25.4 million viewers.

In its totality, the 2015 Women’s world cup was the most watched version of the tournament, with a record-shattering 750 million viewers. Becoming the second most-watched sports event, next only to the Men’s world cup.

It is becoming gradually apparent that women with god-given kinesthetic prowess are enabling great developments in sports that are usually dominated by men. Women’s football has come a long way from obscurity. It is now enjoying a kind of exposure only male athletes in the sport once exclusively enjoyed. With the consistent guidance and the steady and effective implementation of development programs by FIFA and other football organizations, the sky is the limit for women’s football.

How Soccer is Becoming Popular in USA

 Soccer shows growing popularity in the USA. A few decades ago, basketball has dominated the American sports scene. Likewise, baseball and American football enjoyed the attention from the public.

When the 1994 World Cup was hosted in the US, it became a turning point for soccer fans in America. After all, they knew the game and was excited to see its roster of star players. Major League Soccer (MLS) was eventually formed, setting the rise of the sport in motion. Today, soccer has become a favorite sport among the kids, with some even joining or forming Youth Soccer leagues.

But the growth of soccer as well as the garnering of admiration from the American sports community doesn’t happen overnight. It would take the same time as basketball and other renowned American sports to gain the same success.

Major League Soccer

MLS is a major professional sports league in the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1996, two years after the United States hosted the FIFA World Cup. Its first season started with ten teams.

Despite the league’s slow start, it was able to secure the good number of advertising and television contracts, all of which gave soccer an exposure in the American sports media. Fifteen years since its inception, MLS is attracting more people. Recently, the league was able to get sports coverage from Univision, Fox Sports, and ESPN.

While soccer received interest through MLS, its fame didn’t seem to grow until 2007. MLS signed an eight-year contract with ESPN starting that year, which sparked the league’s first national TV coverage. Also, the English star player, David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007, paving the way for MLS’ designated player rule and the trend of international players joining the league.

In 2015, MLS has an average of 21,574 fans per game, a significant 12.7 percent increase from the previous year, even more than the NHL or NBA. 2015 also marked the extension of MLS’ deal with ESPN, as well as contracts with Fox Sports and Univision. Currently, the league gained TV deals all over the globe and is being broadcast in 140 countries.

US Soccer Facilities

There are a number of world-class sports facilities and youth programs in the United States. Overland Park Complex in Kansas is one of the best. But the demand for tournament facilities certainly grew. Now, several states such as Arizona, North Carolina, and Kentucky built sports facilities, amounting to over 10 fields.

Facilities provide the means to create better soccer players, and it also increases the excitement of the fans toward the sports along with the growth of soccer leagues.

Soccer in Professional Sports Scene

Different communities in the United States gave their effort to supply the demand for better players in the professional sports scene. Leagues such as MLS, USL, and NASL looked forward for expansion. Cities wanted to place their soccer teams in the MLS roster someday. It has been successful for cities like Atlanta and Orlando. The latter’s MLS team has an average of 34,393 fans per game, the second place in MLS, only behind Seattle Sounders FC’s fanbase of 40.236.

Investors also began to notice the presence of minor league teams like Google’s proposal of new soccer facilities in different parts of the country.

American soccer fans will see more growth in the years ahead. After all, the United States represents the largest license fee-paying country in the World Cup. Global soccer leagues might start to spend more time and effort to engage with the U.S. and Canadian markets in the near future.

Though MLS has faced challenges, it has made huge leaps over the past years. Eventually, soccer will leave a mark in American sports as it constantly gains popularity.

The Beautiful Game

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Whether you play the game yourself or just watch soccer is hard to beat when it comes to drama, even if you’re basketball fan who loves 3 pointers a last gasp equalizer to tie up the game really is hard to beat!

What about the World Cup final back in 2014. The pure intense, spectacle of Germany vs Argentina, nothing could separate the two world class sides until a moment of magic saw the Germans steal the game with an almost over head kick worthy of winning any major final. It is moments like this that keep us coming back for more and that ultimately led to us starting this blog. We hope you come on this journey with us we would love it if you subscribe and bookmark our page, even tell your friends and get them to tell their friends!

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