Well, there are a few rumors that continue to be passed around dating all the way from the 1880’s. The one thing we do know is that Harold Searles Thornton was the first person to ever patent anything even close to the modern game of Foosball all the way back in 1927. At the time, table football wasn’t very successful and the patent was left to expire. There was no awareness at this time that by 1950 the first foosball league would be established by the Belgians, and by 1976 the European Table Soccer Union would be created. However we should use the term “union” loosely as none of the figures were the same, the tables were different sizes, and the balls were made of different materials. To this day there is still not a single set of rules.