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06 - Passe

Overview of Foosball Passing:
One of the most important steps in becoming an advanced foosball player is to learn to pass the foosball. It is not essential to know how to pass to your teammate if you are playing doubles, but it is crucial to know how to pass from the 5 bar to the offensive 3 bar in order to make the most of the serve and maximize your opportunities on offense.

Learning to Pass from the 5 Bar to the 3 Bar:
There are many styles and variations that foosball players use to pass from the 5 bar to the 3 bar. Below will explain the two most popular passes used in tournament play and what we feel to be the most effective foosball passes. 

The Brush Pass - 
a brush pass is typically performed on the 5 bar by tilting your man back and so you are barely brushing the ball against the table in order to move it side to side. You brush the ball to another man on the 5 bar and then pass it up to your 3 bar.

The Tic-Tac Pass - 
The tic-tac pass is different from the brush pass because you are not tilting your men back. You simply pass the ball back and forth in a rapid motion so your opponent cannot follow your motion. Then, at the right moment, you kick the ball forward to the 3 bar. 

Learning To Pass Laterally (Along the Same Bar):

The next step you will need to master is being able to pass it back and forth laterally (side by side) between your offensive 3 bar foosball men without losing the ball. This is extremely important so you can set up your foosball shots properly without losing the ball to your opponent. You will also use this foosball passing technique so you can properly fake a pass and shot the ball unexpectedly.

Overview of Foosball Catching:
A foosball catch is when you successfully stop a pass or a loose ball on the table and obtain control of the ball. Foosball catching is an important part of the game to maximize your offensive opportunities and limit your opponent's time of possession. Learning to catch will help improve your overall foosball game because it will teach you ball control and help you overcome many situations where you may have previously fumbled the ball to your opponent. You will be surprised at how many loose balls you start to pick up with the right foosball catching techniques you can learn below.

Foosball Catching Techniques and Tips:
The key to foosball catching is tilting your bar at an angle so you can cushion the ball from bouncing right off your man. It is ideal to tilt your man at about an angle of 35-40 degrees. The diagram below will show you how to do this properly. You can always test your angle by making sure a ball does not fit under your man when it is tilted. If you simply leave your men straight up and down, it is much harder to catch a foosball pass. Even if your men are tilted at the right angle to receive the pass, you may need to swing your foosball man back around the other side of the ball in order to stop its momentum from rolling back to your opponent. 

Foosball Catching Diagram: 


Foosball Technique - Learn to stop or "catch" the foosball - One of the keys to foosball is catchingbecause it allows you to maximize your amount of possessions and ball control. The key to foosball catching is tilting your bar at an angle so you can cushion the ball from bouncing right off your man. It is ideal to tilt your man at about an angle of 35-40 degrees. The diagram below will show you how to do this properly. You can always test your angle by making sure a ball does not fit under your man when it is tilted. If you simply leave your men straight up and down, it is much harder to catch a foosball pass. Even if your men are tilted at the right angle to receive the pass, you may need to swing your foosball man back around the other side of the ball in order to stop its momentum from rolling back to your opponent. 

Other Foosball Catching Tips:
  • Another tip is to pin the ball against the wall of the foosball table.This is just another method of absorbing the impact of the ball in order to catch the foosball. This method is typically used when doing a wall pass from your 5 bar to your 3 bar.
  • Remember that you don't need a pass in order to catch. Use these techniques outlined on this page when your opponent has the ball, just in the opposite tilted angle on your foosball men. This will help you catch a lot of loose balls and even some shots. Take this foosball catching strategy a step further and learn how to foos your opponent.

Passing series:

  1. moving wall
  2. moving lane
  3. chip pass
  4. brush pass
  5. tic-tac
  6. fakes
  7. hesitation
  8. tricks
  9. rules
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