Zionsville, IN--Indiana entrepreneur Mark Van Zant, owner of the revolutionary tailgating game called Tabletop Football, knows there is more than one popular "Football" game in the world. "That's why it was important to offer Soccer, AKA European Football as one of our 8 interchangeable game tops.", says Mark. Casual sports fans often forget just how big the sport of Soccer is in the US, let alone the rest of the world.
The Numbers Don't Lie
Number of people who play soccer at some level in the U.S. — second only to China. (Source: FIFA World Football Big Count)
Number of U.S. television viewers of the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands — more than watched the Rose Bowl (24.04 million), the NCAA men's college basketball championship (23.99 million) or the Winter Olympics closing ceremony (21.4 million). (Source: Nielsen)
Youth players officially registered with U.S. Soccer programs in 2014 — up by 89 percent since 1990, the first year the U.S. qualified for the World Cup final round since 1950.
Alex Johnson — NBC News
Soccer's ranking as most popular sport to watch on television in the U.S. in January 2015, above ice hockey, auto racing, tennis and golf. (Source: Harris Interactive/Pew Research)
Rating of the 2014 U.S.-Portugal World Cup game among all televised sports events in the U.S. in 2014, behind the Super Bowl, the NFC and AFC championship games and the BCS college football championship. (Source: Nielsen)
Average attendance at Major League Soccer games in 2014. (Source: MLS)
How to Play Tabletop Soccer
Tabletop Soccer is one of our favorite games. It takes tremendous skill and patience to score a goal.
Each opponent stands on an end of the table. Each takes turn controlling the table. (At no time should both players be maneuvering the table simultaneously.) The controlling player will always be playing offense with this game (unless you upgrade for an added challenge--see below). As you maneuver the ball down the field by tilting the table, if you don't land on your designated colored hole to represent a pass, your opponent "steals" the ball from you and places the ball nearest where you turned it over. It is then their turn to work the ball towards your end of the board. Causing a back and forth duel until someone scores a goal. Roll the ball off the table, and that's a side out. Sound easy? Not so fast. Unlike US Tabletop Football, here you only have one hole to score in, making it that much more challenging.
If you're really looking for a challenge, Tabletop Football will be offering soccer player defenders in the near future. They will also be exploring offering club logos for the center of the board.
How Do I Order One?
Tabletop Football will be launching their funding campaign to develop this one of a kind game thru Kickstarter. Kickstarter is one of a number of crowdfunding platforms for gathering money from the public, which circumvents traditional avenues of investment. Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected, a kind of assurance contract. Beginning Sept 8th and running thru October 8th Tabletop Football will seek to raise $45,000. They will be offering Tabletop Football along with 7 other interchangeable game tops. Upon reaching their goal, they will immediately begin reengineering, manufacturing, and packaging their game for the US and International market.
For further information or to preregister for game updates, go to www.Tabletop-Football.com.
With the launch of its popular new tailgating game in Sept. 2016, Tabletop Football will be adding a few exciting changes. Tabletop Football is adding features and rules to include penalty cards, a timer and more. "We really think this is going to enhance the playing experience even more that it already is", says Mark Van Zant, owner of Tabletop Football.
The newly developed tilting tabletop will incorporate a slot in the side rail that will allow playing cards to be shuffled and inserted for game play. The football game board will have several holes marked indicating a penalty flag if the ball lands in that hole. A penalty card will be taken from the side rail slot to determine the penalty to be assessed on that play. The penalty cards will range from both offensive and defensive penalties commonly called on the field. So the card may not always hurt the offense, but sometimes help.
Timing & Score Keeping
Other Game Top Rule Changes
We are currently working on similar rule changes for Soccer, Basketball, Hockey and Baseball. Stay tuned as we will update each gametop rules to include the use of playing cards, dice, and timers.
Zionsville, IN--Tabletop Football is proud to announce the development of an add-on game top called: Skee Ball. This new game top provides a smooth playing surface with a ramp on the end to launch the ball. The new skee ball attachment hangs from the end of the table and is held securely by two screws. Counter balance weights are provided to level the table. From there it's just like Skee Ball that we have all grown to love. Simply tilt the table to roll the ball and enjoy! Keep score with the side rails. The highest score after 10 tries wins. For further information updates about this newest product, stay tuned to www.tabletop-football.com.
Zionsville, IN – Every year with the beginning of school, the falling of leaves, and the ushering in of cool air, college towns across the country gear up for the return of tailgating. Bumper to bumper cars, trucks and mobile homes make their way into town. Fans set out to make this the “greatest tailgating season ever!” Not to be outdone by their neighbor, they look for the latest gadget or product that will make their tailgate party supreme.
It’s no wonder the explosion of the tailgating market has grown into a $20 billion industry. Mark Van Zant, a Zionsville, IN resident is looking to tackle that industry. This week, his company Lightwerks, LLC, released a brand new backyard game called Tabletop-Football. Their unique patented tilted tabletop game has been carefully developed over the past 5 years and is now ready for “Game Day.”
“We are really excited about this product launch”, says Mark. “This is only the beginning, as we have taken our original design and modified it to have interchangeable game tops.” Tabletop Football may be targeting the football community, and why not? Football is the most popular sport in America for the 30th consecutive year, according to the Harris Poll. Their new version of the game allows for interchangeable tops to now include: Basketball, Soccer, Golf and many more. “We see this as not only a football tailgating game, but a game for the entire family. It was important for us to develop something that could be expanded to allow for an endless number of game ideas, while utilizing the same patented technology of the tilting table,” shared Mark.
One look at this new product and you will see why they have their sites set high. The entire table surface is mounted on a single axis point and held level by bungee supports beneath the table. Each game is played with either a golf ball or a ping pong ball that is maneuvered over the surface by tilting the entire table in all directions. Simply let go of the top and its self-leveling. The game folds in half and comes in a carrying bag that is about half the size of a Corn hole board. Making it very easy to transport to any event. The interchangeable tops fold and store in the carrying case with all of the other game pieces.
Their marketing strategy says it all, “Cornhole Is Scared!” This fun and aspiring company is clearly going after their biggest rival, Cornhole. From hashtags, to T-shirts, Tabletop Football is not shying away from the industry leader of tailgating games. Calling out your opponent may not be the best thing to do on Game Day, but with this new kid on the block, confidence is not lacking. Time will tell who will ultimately be crowned tailgate king.
“Our goal is to raise enough crowdfunding support to take this to the retail level”, says Mark. “Until now, we have been making them ourselves locally, but realize there is so much more we can do by mass producing the game.” Mark and his team have launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that is seeking to raise $40,000 in initial capital for their endeavors. You can support them by ordering your very own Tabletop Football game at www.Tabletop-Football.com. The Kickstarter Campaign is scheduled to launch September 8th and run until October 8th. You can also follow our updates on twitter at @TabltopFootball.
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Zionsville, IN--Tabletop Football's version of the classic Battleship game is going to be a huge "Hit" for fans. Dubbed "WWII-Sea & Air" the game is designed to test your skills and patience. Each side of the board has 5 ships with 17 holes to knock out before your opponent can. Maneuver the "cannon ball" by tilting the table and try and land in one of your opponent's ships, but look out for the other holes. Land in the same hole on a ship as previous, and it doesn't count. Keep track of which holes you have landed in by our unique side rail scoring system. (Pictures to come). Each player takes turns and the first to land or "Hit" and "Sink" all 5 ships wins. For a more challenging game, airplane defenders will be provided to provide aerial support and to protect vulnerable ships from being sunk.