International Table Soccer Federation has targeted growth through technology ©GAISF

The International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) has targeted the use of technology and digital connectivity to aid its growth.

The governing body hopes the efforts will lead to improved international collaboration and greater participation.

The ITSF has developed digital tools to connect players, providing them with help in communicating and establishing their own federations.

The tools include tournament management software to help federations and fans to run their own tournaments, as well as federation management software for accounting, licenses and communications purposes.

A table soccer mobile application has been developed to enable users to connect with each other globally, while there is an e-learning platform to provide dedicated content for players, referees, coaches and federation managers.

The ITSF also has an online store and has livestreaming tools to help broadcast tournaments and stream live matches.

The governing body, which was established in 2002 and has 67 national associations as members, claims observer status of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has helped its development.

International Table Soccer Federation hopes to offer a degree of uniformity to table soccer rules ©Getty Images
International Table Soccer Federation hopes to offer a degree of uniformity to table soccer rules ©Getty Images

"The extension of our GAISF observer status is critical to improving international collaboration," said ITSF President Farid Lounas.

"GAISF observer status provides the opportunity for the ITSF to connect, share and learn from other International Federations working towards the same goal of Olympic recognition.

"It also helps individual Federations gain local Government support to grow and improve the structure of the sport. 

"Critical to this challenge is that our sport remains fun and accessible to all - from the athletes to the leisure players.

"Our strategy to promote table soccer is different within each country because of the diversity of cultures, models and history of the sport.

"However, the ITSF’s main concern is to preserve the link between the recreational aspect of the game and the sport practice.

"We want to keep sight of the spirit of our game, which is highly inclusive by its nature.”

The ITSF says it hopes to promote the development of table soccer, while introducing a degree of uniformity with rules often differing in each country.

The governing body has said it aims to share its technology with other International Federations in the long-term.