All this has now changed, as the International Table-Soccer Federation has brought rulemakers from all major traditions together to formulate a universal set of Official Rules of the game, which have been adopted worldwide, and on all types of table, in 2007. These run to a total of 17 pages, and can be found at:
The following is a simplified set of rules, based on the ITSF rules, which should cover play in non-official circumstances, e.g. at home, school/college, pub/club or workplaces. For official tournaments players should familiarise themselves with the official rule book.
Basic Foosball Rules
1 No Spinning it is a spin if the rod rotates more than 360