Overview of Playing Foosball Defense
There are numerous defense styles you will see different players use in the game. Foosball Soccer recommends learning all of these styles in order to be able to change up your defensive style during each game. This will throw off your opponent and give you an advantage of predicting their next move and timing it properly. Also, as you begin to learn more about the different foosball shots and offense, you will become more versed in the defensive side of the game. This is why every one of our shots pages have a section called, "Reading the Defense" before you can completely master a shot.
Learn the Basic Foosball Defense
The most basic style of defense is a technique that will work against any beginner or intermediate player is extremely simple and easy to learn. The two diagrams below will show you how this basic foosball defense formation works. Basically, the idea is to tilt your defensive bars so your men are angled inwards toward one another. Just remember not to tilt your defensive men so much that a ball can slide under your toe. The diagram below on the left will show you how this basic defense formation will cut off diagonal angles from common shots like bank shots and spray shots. Simply leaving your men straight up and down vertically like the diagram shown on the right will allow more shots to score on your defense at an angle.
Tilted Men Foosball Defense vs. Straight Foosball Defense Formation
Other Foosball Defense Tips
You don't need to cover the entire goal technique. This is sometimes also referred to as a zone formation defense. The goal is a total of 5.8 widths of the ball, but this defensive tip will show you that you don't need to completely defend all 5 holes. Think about it while looking at the diagram below. Please also note that your man's toe is the same width as a ball. If you have a defensive man covering 50% of hole 1 and 50% of hole 2, a straight shot towards either hole will still be deflected. What is the point in covering all of hole 1 and none of hole 2 with this man? The only disclaimer to this tip is for spray shots and bank shots that come in at angles that can take advantage of this zone defense technique. Watch your opponent to see if you can take advantage of this tip.