On Saturday, 28th January 2017, every foosball fan at Seattle University will be celebrating the legacy of Lawrence Patterson, the American military man who introduced the U.S to foosball. A foosball tournament is set to pour some serious table soccer action over the day at the university. The foosball tournament is expected to bring together hundreds of foosball pros and novices at the university, according to the student union. A league table for the event is being finalized and interested participants are encouraged to register before Wednesday, 25th January so that they can secure their place in the tournament. So far, 10 singles, 8 doubles and 6 mixed doubles have registered. The organizing committee expects more players to join in before the deadline.
Being the first tournament this year, and one that foosball ambassadors have waited for a long time, the event will mark a new beginning for the game at the university. Over the past few years, the number of students playing foosball has stagnated. Competition from other games and a decreasing interest in games by the students are some of the possible causes of the slow development of foosball. There have also been complaints about the lack of enough foosball facilities at the university. However, 2017 seems to come with good prospects for the game. They will be bringing in a brand new professional grade Tornado foosball table that is used in official tournaments around the globe.
In preparation for the event, foosball tables and accessories have been checked to make sure everything is set. Broken tables have been repaired and missing player models replaced. Enough room has also been made for doubles and mixed doubles. It has been long since foosball fans had such a moment when all eyes at the university are on the game.
Players haven’t been left out in the preparations. There has been a consistent practice mood in the university with teams dedicating long hours to master their skills ahead of the big day. The air around participants is full of anxiety, with every contestant looking forward to winning the biggest prize.
Contestants seem pretty passionate about their foosball. If you walk around the popular practice areas at the university you’ll notice crowds around foosball tables cheering on like it’s a schoolyard fight. One student and ardent foosball fan commented, “It’s amazing that the student union decided to give foosball the first chance this year. I love table soccer and can’t wait for the action”.
Various cash prizes and trophies will be won. The overall winner in each classification will get a trophy while numbers two and three will be given different cash prizes. If you are at Seattle University and feel this event is for you, hurry up and register before the deadline. You never know whether the tournament is holding your moment of fame.
At 8 a.m. on that Saturday, the first teams will face each other with lightning-quick passes, rod slides and terrific shots amidst the “ooh” and “aah” and “nice shot” comments of overlooking fans. It’s going to be a morning lit with athletic joy.
There couldn’t be a better moment for the Seattle University foosball tournament. The game seems to be regaining popularity not only among students but also in the larger Seattle area. There is a significant increase in foosball’s bar prominence and the table soccer is getting more aggressive. One of the major aims of this tournament is to increase awareness about the game among university students and the community. Another aim is to increase the number of students who play the game at the university. Students at the university could take this opportunity to grow their skills for the game. An alumnus of the university could be in team USA in 2020’s Olympics representing SU’s foosball family.
It’s the hope of many that more tournaments will be coming over the year and in future. Everyone is eager to see how the football baby will develop at the university. There is already some chatter doing rounds about a bigger table soccer tournament to be held later in the year. The event will be completely different from this one as teams from other universities will be welcomed at the school. As it has been indicated above, it feels like the game has just started. Foosball leaders seem confident and convinced that this year will see a lot of fast and furious on the soccer tables. The administration is fully supportive and has promised to back the foosball community at the university.