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Compiled by Boris Atha
This chart details the similarities and differences in dimensions between different table types, as of about 2006. This may be updated with newer tables such as Fireball in future.
Some manufacturers produce different models - e.g. Italian tables often come in short and long (goalie rotates 360 degrees) versions.
|Make||Playing Area (cm)||3-bar spacing (cm)*||Toe width (mm)||Prot'n on 3-bar?*||Eff' Goal Width||Ball type||Ball Wgt (g)|
|Garlando||114-120 x 70.5||18.4cm||21mm||Yes 1cm||19cm (18cm)||White/ Orange plastic||17.5-18.5g|
|Roberto Sport (UDC)||111-118 x 70.5||16.0cm||24mm||No||19cm (17cm)||White plastic||17.5g|
|FABI||120x70||16.8cm||21mm||No||19cm (17cm)||White plastic||17.5g|
|Brighouse/ FASNA||108x70||16.2cm||21mm||yes 5mm||19.8cm||White plastic||17.5g|
|Sardi||120x69||16.5cm||22mm||yes 1cm||19.5cm||White plastic||17.5g|
|Rene Pierre||119.5x69||17.8cm||21mm||n||20cm||Coated cork||11.5g|
Benelux / German Style
|Soccer 2000||116.5x69||16cm||21mm||n/a||19cm (18cm)||dressed cork||14.5g|
|Jupiter||117x68||16cm||21mm||n/a||19cm (18cm)||dressed cork||11.2g|
|Topper 2000||111x65||16.4cm||22mm||n/a||18cm (18cm)||Plain cork||15.4g|
Spanish (Futbolin) Style*
3-bar spacing - This is the distance between the inner edge of the wing player's toe, and the outer edge of the centre-forward's toe.
Protrusion - On some Italian-style tables the end of the rod is flush with the player figure, on others it protrudes slightly.
Tolerances - Length/width ±0.5cm, other dimensions ±2mm.
Player Figures Italian style players have rectangular toes and are usually of red/blue plastic moulded directly to the rods (telescopic or straight through). Some Italian tables can be supplied with German style players/rods.Tornado style tables have yellow/black plastic 'Alien' stylized counterbalanced players with treaded wedge-shaped feet, pinned to straight-through rods. German style tables have plastic players (red/blue or yellow/white) usually wearing hats, toes are relatively rounded and treaded. French style players are usually metal, painted in team colours, the toes are untreaded, with flat front and rounded back surfaces. Benelux style players are made from painted hardwood, with narrow wedge-shaped toes, no tread but extreme grip. Topper players are rather chunkier and unpainted.Spanish tables have heavy metal players each with two feet.
Formation (No of players on rods) - All tables (including Sivissidis) use the standard 1-2-5-3 formation with banked corners of the playfield, except for: Tornado, and some other US tables have 3 players on the goalie rod (i.e. 3-2-5-3) with a flat playfield. Spanish/Futbolin tables have a very different formation, with 3 in midfield and defence, with 4 attackers (i.e. 1-3-3-4), and the playfield is curved so ball returns to centre of table.
Grip - Based on a subjective comparison, the grippiness of different table types can be expressed in stars, from no stars (slickest) to 5 stars (grippiest) as follows: Italian - depends on surface: Slick glass (no stars), Laminate (*), Sandblasted glass (**), Tornado (***), German (***). French (****), Benelux (*****), Spanish (no stars),