One of the advantages of foosball is that you don't have to know every single rule in order to play. You can have a lot of fun by just knowing the basics of foosball.
The first foosball player to score a pre-determined number wins the match. A complete foosball game is typically made up of three, five, or seven matches.
Important Foosball Rules
The United States Table Soccer Association has a complete set of official foosball rules that you will need to become familiar with if you play competitively. However, if foosball is just a recreational sport then basically all you need to know is below.
The great thing about foosball is there is some flexibility if you are just playing with friends. For example, you and your buddies can determine together what the time of possession should be and what types of shots will be considered illegal prior to the foosball game starting.