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Table football still alive and flicking

Sports table football, popular in the 1980s and 90s, is seeing renewed interest here

In the 1980s and 90s, hundreds of young Singaporeans were part of a small but thriving community that played a form of football where the most important part of the body is not the foot, knee or head but the index finger.

Sports table football - or Subbuteo - is played on a table top by two teams of 11 figurines, each no bigger than a thumb and whose movements are controlled by the flick of a finger. Rules are adapted from regular football and during the half-hour matches, players "dribble" the ball by flicking the figurines to kick the ball up to three consecutive times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2018, with the headline 'Alive & flicking'. Print Edition | Subscribe