Rules to play Foosball
A pinned ball on the 5 man cannot be directly advanced to the 3 man rod of the same team. It must touch at least two player figures as it is put into the motion of a pass (Except an accidental stub or squib pass SEE 21.1c). A pinned ball is on that is pinned to the wall or playfield.
A ball whose motion has clearly stopped may be legally passed if this pass if immediate. Any hesitation befor the pass and the pass shall be declared illegal. Once a ball has clearly stopped and is not immediately passed it must then touch at least two player figures before it can be legally passed.f
Changing the lateral speed or direction of the ball from the front or back of the man prior to passing the ball is considered to be an adjustment and is illegal. Changing the speed or direction of the ball from the side of the man is legal.
An accidental stub or squib pass is legal. However, if a ball is stubbed or squibbed by a player figure, released, and then passed by that player figure before striking another player figure on that same rod, it is illegal.
A pinned or stopped ball may be shot on goal, to be considered a shot, the ball must either go into the goal, be blocked by the opposing goalies men, or hit the back wall. If the atte[Bmpted shot is blocked by the opposing five man rod and then caught by the shooters three man, It shall be declared an illegal pass.
If a pinned or stopped ball from the five man is shot on goal, and the ball hits the shooters three man row, then the shot would be legal, provided the ball was not caught by the three man.
A caught ball is defined as a ball that is in the possession of a rod long enough for a controlled pass or shot to be attempted (examples: pick up and quick shots).
Before attempting a pass from the five man rod, the player cannot make the ball strike the side wall of the table more than twice. It makes no difference which wall the ball touches a total of two times is all that is allowed. If the ball goes to the wall a third time, it must be advanced in the motion of a pass or shot.
Defensive trap if an opponents pass or shot is stopped by trapping it against the side wall, that does not count as one of the two times allowed to touch the wall by the player who made the trap and is now in possession of the ball on his five man rod.
Once the ball has touched the wall, it will not be counted as hitting the wall again until the ball has rolled off the side strip (if present on the table).
Passing from the two man and goalie rods rule 21.1 also applies to a pass from the two man or goalie rod to the same teams five man rod. However, once a ball is forwarded from either the two man or the goalie rods, if it should strike an opposing teams player figures, that ball is no longer considered a pass but a live ball that may be legally caught by any player.
Rule 21.2a also applies here for a stopped shot from the two man touched by the five man.
It is legal to have just one hand on the rods when playing defensive (example: right hand on defensive five man). It is also legal to use two hands to move a rod (example: defensive five man).
Penalty for an illegal pass if a team violates the above rule of passing, the opposing team has the option of continuing play from the current position or re serving the ball.