The F I S T F THE FEDERATION
FISTF – The Federation International of Sports Table Football is the governing body of the Sports Table Football worldwide. FISTF was founded in 16th June 1992 in Hamburg (Germany), merging the European Tablesoccer (Football) Federation (ETF 1963-1993) and the Federation of International Subbuteo Associations (FISA 1979-1996). This was achieved through well done negotiatons between the players and Waddingtons SSG Ltd. company. FISTF lays down the Sports playing rules of Table Football. These are based on the original Subbuteo (Subbuteo Sports Games (SSG), FISA) playing rules and partially through the ETF rules, but revised in such a way to suit a highly competitive and fair playing agonistic approach. The players wanted to have a democratic World Federation and be involved in the development of the sports game. The first Board of Directors were agreed on in 1992, the first edition of FISTF Statutes written and FISTF was registered in Paris, France, as an official club (Association) but named Federation as a governing world body. In the playing rules technical data were specified to define the legal playing materials, such as playing figures (from 1929 untill today), goalkeepers, goals, balls and playing area.
Left: Preliminary meeting to create FISTF
Back: Willi Hofmann (SUI), Gary Hosie (AUS), Jean Poivre (BEL), Eric Naszalyi (FRA), Franz Hipfinger (BEL), Ole Madsen (DEN), Frits Vendebaek (DEN)
Front row: Trevor Spencer (ENG), Laurent Garnier (FRA), Alan Cook (ENG), Victor Mule (MLT), Bob McGiffen (SCO), Joseph Debono (MLT)
The Sport SPORTS TABLE FOOTBALL
Table Football is a sport that is played by two persons on a playing board on a table measuring L=1400 mm x W=1000 mm. The playing surface is L=1200 mm x W=750 mm made of nylon or felt, material that resembles a pool table. Each player has 11 figures of 25 millimeters high over a semi-spherical base, weighted at the center of the base to ensure good stability. The rules are similar to the football rules but adapted to the miniature game. An official game has 2 halfes of 15 minutes each. The basics of the game is to flick (propel) a figure using the index finger towards the ball which has a 21 mm diameter, and progressing up on the pitch to score a goal.
|1||Laurent Garnier||France||Elected||May 1992-1994, 1994-1996|
|3||David Baxter||Scotland||Elected||1998-2000, 2000-2002|
|4||Vincent Coppenolle||Belgium||Elected||2002-2006, 2006-2008, 2008-2010|
|5||Silvio Catania||Malta||Elected||March 2010 – January 2011|
|6||Piero Capponi||Spain||Elected||January 2011 – October 2011|
|7||Laurent Garnier||France||ad interim||November 2011 – 2013|
|8||Luís Horta||Portugal||Elected||2013 – 2014|
|9||Alan Collins||England||ad interim||2014 – October 2017|
|10||Fred Vulpes||Germany||ad interim||November 2017|
|11||Stephen Dettre||Australia||Elected||December 2017 – September 2020|
FISTF, The Board of Directors.