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.