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.