One of the most important steps in becoming an advanced foosball player is to learn to pass the ball. It is not essential to know how to pass to your teammate if you are playing doubles, but it is crucial to know how to pass from the 5 bar to the offensive 3 bar in order to make the most of the serve and maximize your opportunities on offense.
Learning to Pass from the 5 Bar to the 3 Bar
There are many styles and variations that foosball players use to pass from the 5 bar to the 3 bar. Below will explain the two most popular passes used in tournament play and what we feel to be the most effective foosball passes.
The Brush Pass - a brush pass is typically performed on the 5 bar by tilting your man back and so you are barely brushing the ball against the table in order to move it side to side. You brush the ball to another man on the 5 bar and then pass it up to your 3 bar.
The Tic-Tac Pass - The tic-tac pass is different from the brush pass because you are not tilting your men back. You simply pass the ball back and forth in a rapid motion so your opponent cannot follow your motion. Then, at the right moment, you kick the ball forward to the 3 bar.
Learning To Pass Laterally (Along the Same Bar):
The next step you will need to master is being able to pass it back and forth laterally (side by side) between your offensive 3 bar foosball men without losing the ball. This is extremely important so you can set up your foosball shots properly without losing the ball to your opponent. You will also use this foosball passing technique so you can properly fake a pass and shot the ball unexpectedly.