Foosball is an impressive and unique game, as compared to other table games. It is straightforward to play, but you sure will still need to know how to defend better in foosball to stand a chance of winning your opponents. Though the history of foosball is misty; its origin can be retraced to the industrial eras of the 19th century in Europe.
As the fame of football increased in Europe over the years, A British fellow known as Harold Searles Thornton from the United Kingdom thought it wise to bring this outdoor sport a lot closer to the people in-house. So he designed the game and called it “Foosball”; after the original football. It’s patent application dated 14 Oct. 1921, No 205,991 UK patent, and was accepted on 1 Nov. 1923.
Although they have been debates about the actual creator of this sport, and other claims state that it originates from France in 1930 from a man known as Lucian Rosengart and other varsity claims state that it originates from Spain and was invented by a man called Alexander de Finisterre.
Either way, the most important fact is that the patent was registered in Harold’s name. However, foosball started almost simultaneously in three different countries, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom.
The inspiration for the foosball table was born out of a matchbox, with the stick of matches lying over the box as the rod extending across a traditional foosball table. However, the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) was established in France in 2002, with a goal to developing the game with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and General Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF), act as the organizing body for foosball, and most importantly regulate international Foosball competitions.
Why is Lucien Rosengart mentioned in Foosball history as the inventor of the soccer table game?
There’s been a lot of talk that the reason Rosengart is mentioned is, that he kept it as a way of keeping his grandkids occupied, at some time towards the end of the 1930s. He was a great inventor, but never put any patent application to live, and that is why none thinks he was the first. To design and make a relatively simple foosball table was well within his capabilities, and he is regarded as the patriarch of baby-foot – at least in France.