The Best Foosball Balls For Your Table: Play Like The Pros

By Mike W / March 23, 2017
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Finding the best foosball balls is no easy task, you need to put real thought into your decision. There are also many different types of foosball balls, you’d be surprised at just how many, what makes them different, how they are made, what they are made with is all more than you’d expect.

What I will do is help you understand them better so that you can make the right choice that fits you personally, allowing you to purchase the best foosball ball for your needs.

So, for starters what are foosball balls made of? Because there are many different types of foosball balls it means that they are all made of a variety of materials.

The different variations of foosball balls also vary according to location. For example, in Europe, the foosball balls are generally made of cork, whereas in America they’re made from plastic, or a mixture of cork but with a slick, smooth and glossy finish.

The difference in location also has something to do with the way different places play foosball, which is another determining factor when discovering which is the best foosball ball. Europeans play foosball a little more strategically and it's a little more advanced than in America where it’s fast paced, rougher and louder.

Types of Foosball Balls

There are four main types of foosball balls; textured, cork, traditional and smooth. Textured foosball balls – which are more commonly found in the US – have a dense and rigid feel thus allowing it to be pinned down between the table and the little man. They are best suited for high-speed travel and aggressive play but does make it louder when bounced off the walls.

Cork foosball balls, as previously stated, are common in Europe due to their more strategic style of playing. It’s more advanced than that of an American table; perfect execution as well as deception. It makes a more muffled sound and travels quicker.

Traditional Soccer ball foosball balls are more for the low end, cheaper foosball tables. These foosball balls, unfortunately, don’t give an authentic experience that foosball has to offer and this is due to the fact that tables that use this type of foosball balls are more often used as toys.

The biggest disadvantage is that this ball isn’t a great performer due to the inset lines which means it keeps the ball rolling, creating a concern that the table is not leveled. Their extremely slick coating also adds to its downfalls making it harder to pin, grip or control it. It also creates a loud noise when playing. Its main advantage is that it’s cheap

Last, but not least is smooth foosball balls; they are similar to traditional but with slight improvements. One of its biggest differences is the lack of inset lines, which means it’s easier to predict how they will roll, but they are hard to control however due to its slick coating. It is also difficult to pin it down. Out of all the options, this one creates the loudest sound.

Other Factors To Consider

When you consider your options, the other things to consider are size, weight and your friction factor. Foosball tables can support different sizes of foosball balls, thus making it important for you to ensure that ball you select will fit the openings in your table. If the ball is smaller than the entry it may become harder to control.

Weight is another important factor as it makes a difference; the lighter the ball, the faster it moves, but with speed becomes unpredictability and a lack of control. A ball with more weight is obviously completely the opposite, making it easier to dictate the pace of the game but this does sacrifice some of the fun, making it slow and dull. When it comes to friction it’s all about that finishing touch, the outer layer. A plastic ball or a ball that’s smooth to touch is not as easy to pin down, that’s why it’s more advisable to find a ball that’s stickier and provides adequate grip, these balls are easier to control.

So now you see just how many things there are to consider when purchasing a foosball ball, it isn’t nearly as easy as you thought it might be. Hopefully, you’ll find comfort in the information that will lead you to decide on the best foosball ball. I implore you to understand what style suits you best and think about the style in which you play.

Here is a video tutorial on doing some bank shots with your new foosball balls.

About the author

Mike W

Welcome to I have always enjoyed a variety of games at home. As a child, I played on the trampoline, in our above ground swimming pool and absolutely loved Ping Pong. This obsession with games has continued and now I am sharing my experiences so you too can benefit from a wide variety of home games.