This week Wednesday was a very special day. Why? Because there were 52 pupils from four Otago High Schools which all had a go at Foosball. The tournament was run in collaboration with the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Associations and members of Foosball Dunedin and held at the Unipol in Dunedin.
MonsterDYP was the style of the tournament. The Monster part of the name refers to the fact that the tournament could potentially last infinitely long (there is no predefined number of games and can be finished any time). And the DYP part of the name stands for ‘Draw Your Partner’ meaning that during the tournament, the teammate and the opponents are randomly assigned for each game.
After a short introduction into the rules of Foosball finishing with a small quiz, the pupils started with a practice tournament to get used to the rules, the scoring and the tournament style. After a bit of a chaotic start with delays in kick offs due to missing players, the children more and more self-organized and notified their classmates if they forgot that it’s their turn to play. We used the tournament software Kickertool for random team assignments and tracking of the points for each individual pupil. The current team pairings and the current player rankings were projected onto a screen and soon the kids checked regularly on their current ranks.
After the lunch break, the real tournament started and all points were reset to zero. Now the children took the games a bit more serious than during the practice tournament because there was the possibility to win a foosball tables for their school. After in total 182 foosball games, the winners were determined. The three Leonhart tournament foosball table will go to the Bayfield High School, Logan Park High School and the Kaikorai Valley College.
We are looking forward to running similar tournaments for our community again!
Foosball Resurrection – October 29, 2022 – Three Boys Brewery, Christchurch
What a great day of Foosball in the Three Boys Brewery in Christchurch!
Over the course of the day, about 50 people joined the various social games. It was wonderful to see that players from across New Zealand came for the event.
In between games, we had time to share our stories. Interestingly, often foosball enthusiasts from overseas arrive in New Zealand and are desperately looking for places to play some foosball with others. New Zealand does not have a Foosball culture yet. We want to change that! The Foosball Resurrection event today won’t be the last event. There will be more and we keep you posted. Stay tuned!
A big shout out to the Three Boys Brewery management and staff to provide the space for us and the three foosball tables. And a big Thank You to the Pretzel Box staff: your Pretzels are delicious!
Fancy a game table soccer? If you are in Auckland, you can now play at Ellice Road Social Venue (57 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010) on a professional foosball table sponsored by foosball table manufacturer Leonhart.
The foosball table arrived in Auckland in July 2021, but due to Lockdown and Alert Level 3 for much of the rest of 2021, the table was setup in early 2022.
Get in touch with Blake from Foosball Auckland at https://www.facebook.com/foosballauckland/.
Get the ball rolling!
Ellice Road Social Venue: 57 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Participants (from top left to bottom right):
Christian Fiedler (Managing Director of foosball table manufacturer Leonhart),
Marcus Schulz (Vice President of the German Table Soccer Federation, DTFB),
Matthias Stadler (Foosball Auckland),
Steffi Neupert and Paul Szyszka (Foosball Dunedin),
Jens Uhlemann (President of the Nordrhein Westfälischer Tischfussballverband),
Dirk Leenders (Foosball Tauranga),
Blake Laing-Smith (Foosball Auckland),
Chucky Prague (Foosball Christchurch), and
Joe Stone (Foosball Hawke’s Bay).
Foosball table manufacturer Leonhart supplied two foosball tables for Foosball Christchurch (Chucky Prague) which were set up at the Port & Eagle Brewpub in Kaiapoi near Christchurch. We are looking forward to the tournaments Dunedin vs Christchurch!
Update (Feb. 2021): The foosball tables are no longer in Port & Eagle, and we are looking for a location to set them up in Christchurch.
Table soccer – also known as foosball – is popular in many parts of the world and its tables can be found in various places, such as bars, youth centers, schools and private homes. Foosball is not just a fun game, in some countries foosball is recognized as a professional sport with national leagues and national/international tournaments. Table soccer is not (yet) considered as an Olympic sport, but has already gained the observer status. To fulfill the requirements to become an Olympic sport, table soccer needs to be recognized as a professional sport in more countries, with many players and supporters around the world.
To help building a solid player base in New Zealand, Marcus Schulz, the Vice President of the German Table Soccer Federation (DTFB), and Christian Fiedler, the managing Director of the foosball table manufacturer Leonhart, had the crazy idea to ship several professional foosball tables from Germany to New Zealand.
We are happy to announce that four of these sponsored tables are now setup at the Unipol in Dunedin. Everybody is welcome to use them free of charge, and we provide free coaching every Tuesday and Friday evening.
The arrival of the first professional foosball tables in New Zealand is the foundation for a New Zealand wide Table Soccer community.