Soccer Billiards, Snookball, is an actual sport developed in France that combines soccer with pool. Instead of use a pool stick to hit the billiards balls into the holes participants stand in the playfield and get to kick the mini soccer balls into the pockets instead of using a cue stick. The mini soccer balls are painted just like billiards balls with colorfully numbered solids and stripes. There are numerous ways to play, but the most popular game is to play a standard game of pool. It can be played in teams of 1-3 players per team.
If you want to follow the actual rules of SnookBall there are two different variations – Game of 8 and Game of 9.
In the Game of 8, the player who pockets the first ball gets to make his choice between the solid and striped balls. Then, the balls are arranged in a triangle, with ball #1 at the top and #8 in the middle of the third line. The game commences and each player tries to pocket all the balls in his group. The game is lost when the #8 is either pocketed before all the other balls or leaves the playing surface, or when the white ball is pocketed or leaves the table after pocketing the #8 ball. If you’ve played billiards before, you already know these are standard rules.
In the Game of 9, players need to aim for the #9 ball. But this does not indicate an immediate victory – players need to go through a predetermined number of rounds and the one who wins the maximum number of rounds wins the game. Again, the balls are placed in a triangle with #1 at the top and #9 in the center.
The sport is flexible with its rules though, allowing players to mix them up or even create their own. Only one rule is constant – the ‘rule of snookball’, which occurs when a player manages to pocket one of his balls by passing the striker above a ball from the opponent’s group, with a move known as the ‘fishy’. If this happens, the player is free to claim a ball that was pocketed by the opponent. There’s a special 2 vs 2 rule as well – with four players, you have the ability to play a shot twice. A player can make a pass to his partner, who can then kick the ball towards the pocket.
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