- Bank Defense: A defensive strategy where the player uses the walls of the table to block and redirect shots from the opponent.
- Bank Shot: A shot where the ball is intentionally bounced off the walls of the foosball table to change its direction or create an unexpected angle.
- Bump: A technique where a player bumps their rod against the opponent's rod to disrupt their control of the ball.
- Brush Pass: A pass made by brushing the ball with the side or corner of a foosman's foot.
- Dead Ball: A situation where the ball comes to a complete stop, resulting in a dead ball situation and a replay.
- Dink Shot: A soft shot with minimal power and spin, aimed to lightly place the ball in an open area of the opponent's goal.
- Five-Bar: The middle rod on each side of the foosball table, usually used for midfield passing and shooting.
- Foos: A slang term for the game of foosball itself.
- Foosmen: The small, plastic figures mounted on the rods used to strike the ball.
- Goalie: The foosman positioned in front of the goal to defend against shots from the opponent.
- Jarring: A foul that occurs when a player's rod forcefully strikes the opponent's rod, impeding their movement.
- Pass: A controlled transfer of the ball between foosmen on the same rod or between rods.
- Pin Shot: A shot made by trapping the ball between the foosman's foot and the playing surface, then releasing it with a swift flick.
- Pull Shot: A shot performed by pulling the ball towards the player's own goal and then quickly shooting it towards the opponent's goal, often with a spin.
- Shot: An attempt to score a goal by striking the ball with a foosman towards the opponent's goal.
- Snake Shot: A complex shot where the foosman wraps around the ball in a snake-like motion before striking it.
- Spin: The rotation of the ball, which can be used strategically to add curve or alter the trajectory of shots.
- Striker: The primary foosman used to shoot the ball towards the opponent's goal.
- Three-Bar: The rod closest to the goalie on each side, used for defending against shots and making quick passes.
- Tic-Tac Shot: A quick series of alternating taps between two foosmen to generate power and deceive the opponent.