In the beginning of the 60s a lot of enthusiastic foosball gamer joined together. Within a few years leagues had been formed, from which regional associations risen. On the 20th of June 1969 in Mannheim some people called – in conjunction with the 3rd German foosball championship – for the foundation of the German foosball Confederation. A German Federal association arose – a new sport was born. In the year 1978 the first German team champion was determined. Every team brought their own table in order to ensure equal opportunities. In addition a national league was set up, in which only on the original table was played. In the mid-nineties these two competitions were merged together, the winner was officially entitled „German Team Champion“. In 2008 the first ranking tournaments were held and they showed an unexpected positive development as well. Since 2013 the “DTFB Challenger Tour” the second-largest tournament series worldwide following the ranking tournament of the world federation ITSF. The DTFB is a member of the world federation of foosball. Klaus Gottesleben is the president of the DTFB since 2002, and is also in the position of the vice president of the ITSF. The goals of the DTFB are the recognition of foosball as a sport and the support of the top-class, popular and youth sports.

Here you can find more about the DTFB and its structure.

International Table Soccer Foundation


In 2002 eight national federations (Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, USA) established proactive the ITSF (International Table Soccer Federation) as a worldwide umbrella organization for national federations. At the end of 2009 60 national federations belonged to the ITSF, whose registered office is in France. The federation organizes international tournament series and championships. The goal is to make foosball Olympic.

For this project it’s necessary to push the commercialization of the sport. The ITSF is attempting to achieve this, for example by trying to bring the fundamental characteristics of the common tables on the same standard. This enables the comparison of the performance of the players regardless of the tables used. Currently there are 5 officially authorized tables – of course the Leonhart pro_tables are part of them!

Here you can find more about the ITSF.

History in a different way.