Foosball is a sports bar and arcade staple.
A goal at each end with a place to serve on each side is in the middle. Each player/team uses their handles to move their men to strike the ball into the opposing teams goal. The game is fast and funny and everyone cheers and laughs. You can play for years and never get bored.
Foosball is the American corruption of fussball (pronounced the same), the German word for soccer-literally foot plus ball. While the sport has the more formal name of table soccer, to the American players who love it, it's foosball, or just foos.
Unfortunately, the origins of the game are not as easy to trace as those of its name. Like many games, it is quite possible that variations of foosball developed in different countries over roughly the same time period. Since organized soccer first entered the sports scene in the 1860s, the invention of soccer's table version can be safely dated sometime afterward, probably in the late 1800s. The earliest United States patent for a foosball table was registered in 1901, but it is generally agreed that foosball, like soccer, originated in western Europe.