Foosball Aerial Shot
Overview of the Foosball Aerial Shot
The aerial shot is a foosball trick shot taken by the defensive men where the ball is lifted between two defensive men and caught on the back of the 2 bar man. The 2 bar man, held at a horizontal position, is moved toward the center of the table in order to get in position for a shot. In order to complete the aerial shot, the foosball is then flipped in the air over the field toward the opposite goal.
Foosball Aerial Shot Level of Difficulty
Learning to Set Up the Foosball Aerial Shot
The aerial shot is the one shot in the game where the set up is actually harder than the techniques and methods of completing the shot itself. Getting the ball in position on the back of the 2 bar defensive man will take you a lot of time and practice before you can lift the ball in the air.
The first step in setting up an aerial shot is to align your 2 bar defensive man directly in front of your 3 bar goalie man. With both of these bars tilted back at a 35-40 degree angle, quickly pass the ball from your goalie 3 bar into the back of your 2 bar man. If you flick your wrist with just enough power (just hard enough to slightly lift the foosball) and you have all of the angles down in terms of tilting your men, the ball should lift in the air. When the ball is in the air you will have a short window of time to catch the ball between your two defensive men before it drops back on the table.
Once you have the ball caught between the two defense men in the air, you will need to then roll your goalie rod so the foot of the man actually kicks the foosball onto the back of the 2 bar man. You will need to practice this because the force of the kick will have to be just right so the foosball does not roll off the side of your men. There is a little groove the ball will sit in on the back of your foosball man if you do this just right. You may want to watch the aerial shot video in order to make sure you are doing all of these steps properly.
Learning to Place the Foosball Aerial Shot
The aerial shot does not have as critical of placement as many of the other types of foosball shots because it is more of a foosball trick shot than an actual shot people use consistently during a game. The key to shooting the aerial shot is learning how to flick the ball with just enough force in the air and aim it properly towards the opponent's goal. You can either aim the ball straight in or drop it slightly in front of the goal and bounce it the rest of the way into the goal. Just make sure the ball does not touch the top of the table including the rails or on top of the back of the goal as this will become an illegal shot.
Reading the Foosball Aerial Shot Defense
The only thing you can do to read your opponent while doing an aerial shot is to see if they are positioning their defensive men in the air or on the ground. If they have both of their defensive men upside down to block your aerial shot, Foosball Soccer suggests shooting the ball to land right in front of the goal versus going straight in from the air. Alternatively, if they are covering the ground like a standard foosball position, try to launch the aerial shot over their heads and straight into the goal.