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Subbuteo shot analysis: After analyzing 27 Subbuteo games I found the best shooting positions.

While watching several Subbuteo Table Football games on YouTube, I got to know the shooting habits of some of the top players. But I wanted to go deeper and started a Subbuteo shot analysis of at least 500 shots.

Here’s what I found out. Enjoy!

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Imagine a ten-year-old boy somewhere in the United States who is practicing Subbuteo Table Soccer – with MY exercises. Isn’t it amazing? What an honour!

Randy posted this picture on Facebook recently, saying “I pointed my son Simon over to the training exercises on and he is taking it quite seriously.”

I asked Randy for more information and he wrote: “My son was working the beginners exercise, the first one, he devised his own subjective system for tracking his efficiency. I’m not sure he knows what the numbers mean. I think he just wanted a record of it to make it seem legit. He was excited to see the training exercises and very impressed that this was made by an individual.”

Thanks for sharing this, Randy.



More Subbuteo exercises added

“Everything is practice”, Pelé once said. “Success is no accident. It is hard work.” So get your pitches out and start a training session today! I added three new exercises on the blog:

Angle flick (video tutorial)

Just a quick 1-2-flick that looks easy but should be practiced again and again and again: Place the ball on the shooting line and flick it with your attacker to a perfect angle so that the ball is shootable afterwards.


The Maze (video tutorial)

I call this exercise “The Maze” because it creates a very crowded pitch with a static barrier at the shooting line and ten defending players additionally. Place them as shown in the preview below. Then try to shoot a goal with only five attackers, complying with all the given Table Football rules. Be careful and avoid to touch a defender with the ball. [If you’re an advanced player, add more and more defenders in the next stage to make it harder to get out of the maze.]


5touch – 5defense

This exercise combines my drills “Touching” and “Marking Players”: Put five figures of each team on the opposite shooting lines and five balls close to the center line as shown below. Then flick the five attackers so that they touch one of the balls easily.

Now flick the five defenders as close as possible to the attackers, without touching them.

Perform the best defense flick that is possible – sometimes the defender should end up between attacker and ball, sometimes the best position is directly in front of the ball.


“Great introduction on how to play the game”

Honorable mention from Down Under: The Australian Table Football Association has referred to Flicking Forever in their “How to play” section.

“German table football fanatic, Oliver, has set up a website specifically aimed at those who are just beginning in the game. He has lots of training drills, DIY equipment tips, tactical analysis and interviews with interesting Subbuteo people from around the world, including a few of our very own members. His webiste, Flicking Forever, is well worth looking around for a great introduction on how to play the game.”

Thanks for this, I appreciate it!


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Flicking Forever with respsonsive homepage

Redesign of Flicking Forever’s homepage (and minor bug fixes): My blog is fully responsive for desktops and mobiles now – with more featured Table Football content, latest news and category teasers right on the front page. Have a look and post your feedback, please: What is good, what can be improved, what did you miss?

Have a nice Sunday, flickers!


New exercises added

I’ve published three new exercises:

Figure positioning (video tutorial)

Move your attackers to the hatched area on the pitch. How can you do that? First flick: Get your playing figure with a soft touch behind the ball, they should stand closely together. Second flick: Repositioning, if necessary. FInal flick: Hit the ball in the perfect angle and with the right speed so that the figure runs right into the hatched area. [10 stages with two figures and balls.]

Longflick & shoot (video tutorial)

Place an attacker on your own and a ball on the opposite shooting line. Perform a straight longflick with your attacker so that it slightly touches the ball and moves it into the shooting area. Reposition attacker and ball with your second flick (if necessary!) or directly shoot a goal. [15 stages.]

Cutting around (video tutorial)

Place the ball inside the playing area but as close as possible to the sideline. Put some defenders close to the sideline as shown below. Now try to cut around the ball with your attacker (one or two flicks; the ball must not leave the playing area!) and pass it with your third flick along the sideline – without touching any defenders. [Ten stages.]

Go to the exercises page to learn 20+ Table Football exercises for beginners.


Special guest from Australia

Hermann Kruse (from Sydney) teaches kids to play #TableFootball. In an interview with #FlickingForever (see link in bio!), he talks about his commitment in the #Subbuteo world, the challenges of youth work in #Australia and what his personal plans are after moving back to Germany in 2019. Hermann, what is the biggest challenge to make children enthusiastic about Subbuteo Table Football? Kruse: In the first place, most kids really like the game. But only few of them have enough patience to go deeper and learn more. It is not enough to play 15 minutes and perform some nice flicks. What you need is a kid who wants to transfer the turns and tactics from Association Football to Subbuteo Table Football. But eventually you did find a group of children with talent and endurance? Hermann: Last year, I… *** Read the complete interview on (Link in bio!) *** #tablesoccer #boardgames #tabletop #flicking #interview #downunder #sydney #northernfalcons #training #germanschool #calciotavolo #tabletopgaming #fistf

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And we did a nice interview:

Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons Table Football Club in Sydney) teaches kids to play Subbuteo. In this interview with Flicking Forever, he talks about his commitment in the Subbuteo world, the challenges of youth work in Australia and what his personal plans are after moving back to Germany in 2019.
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