It all started with a box of matches in England.
Harold S. Thornton invented and patented foosball as it is known today in 1923, although some patents exist as far back as the 1890s.
Thornton got the idea for foosball from watching his favorite soccer team, the Spurs. He wanted to create a game that in some way mirrored soccer but could be played at home.
It doesn’t stop there.
He gained inspiration for the game when he lay individual matches across the box of matches.
Thus, the idea of foosball was born.
Thornton’s uncle took his nephew’s idea to the United States to have it patented there in 1927.
The name foosball was later derived from the German word for “football,” a sport better known as soccer in the U.S.
Alejandro Finisterre thought this game would be fun for children who couldn’t play soccer, so this form of recreational game was created as a result.
The game is growing more now than could have ever been imagined.
In fact, it’s better known for being a sport than a game.
In 2002, the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) was established in France to promote the sport of foosball and regulate international competitions.
Another of its goals was to establish the game with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have it become an official Olympic sport. However, it has not yet been recognized as such.