Kids at a Wyoming high school got to play Foosball while employing educational skills one day this past March. After all, building a life-size game of table soccer involves a whole lot of geometry.

But besides the learning potential, the game comes equipped with its own set of fun facts.

Don’t believe me? Read on, and we guarantee some of the points will surprise you.

10 Fun Facts About Foosball

Without further ado, here are some interesting facts concerning the game with about 10 names . . . but more on that later.

1. Its creator remains a mystery

There are many deliberations about who, exactly, invented table football. Some say it was the French engineer Lucien Rosengart, who created a similar game to keep his grandchildren occupied in the 1930s.

Others claim the honor belongs to poet and publisher Alexandre de Finesterre, who asked for a table to be made while he recovered from injuries obtained during the Spanish Civil War.

What is known is that the first patent belonged to Harold Searles Thornton, whose uncle brought the idea to the Americas.

2. Even today, this sport does not have a single name

Honestly, it’s much worse than the old debate over “football” or “soccer” because this particular game has a plethora of names.

In Turkey, it’s called langirt. In France, it’s known as jouer au baby-foot. It’s called csocso in Hungary, cadureguel-schulchan in Israel, table football in the UK and fussball in Germany.

And that, of course, leads to its name in America: Foosball.

3. The longest game lasted 61 hours and 17 minutes

And this didn’t occur decades ago; in fact, it happened in 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Just to clarify, that’s two and a half days of playing.

4. The longest table ever recorded was almost 400 feet long

This monster was created by Marco Berry Onlus to win the record in 2015. It was so long, it could host 424 players.

5. That little ball can travel up to 30 miles per hour

Pro players are serious, and table soccer today is largely about speed. During competitions, that ball can travel fast.

Getting hit by one of those would definitely leave a mark.

6. The Mafia used these tables

. . . to hide drugs. When table soccer’s popularity hit its peak, it wasn’t uncommon to find a table being used as a container.

7. Table soccer was popular

No, really. It wasn’t for “geeks” or “nerds.”

In fact, it became so popular in the 1970s it was featured in ABC News, Sports Illustrated and 60 Minutes. Tables could be found everywhere.

8. Some tables cost thousands of dollars

Take the 11 The Beautiful Game, for instance. It is priced at almost $60,000.

9. Human Foosball is gaining traction

That’s right; those kids in that Washington school aren’t alone.

Life-sized “tables” are now being manufactured to have real human players. It’s becoming popular for birthdays and other parties.

Soccer without all the running? Yes, please.

10. Pac-Man murdered Foosball

Pac-Man didn’t just eat Pac-Dots; he also consumed table soccer’s popularity.

The game enjoyed its heyday in the 1970s, but after the introduction of arcade games, the tables were left empty.

Shame on you, Pac-Man.

It’s True

See? Behind the table are a bunch of cool facts.

Are you ready to play? Read all about the different rules at our website and become a professional at table soccer, langirt, jouer au baby-foot, and so on.

Well, you get the picture.

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