Foosball Champion

 

Written by Heide Brandes in the August 2013 Issue

Elizabeth MooreElizabeth Moore has her own card. Like baseball cards or football cards or even Pokémon cards, Moore is a superstar, and fans of her sport collect player cards and follow her matches.

She’s a champion—an athlete who is among the top ten female players in competitive foosball. She twisted the handles, knocked the ball into goals and traveled the country winning foosball tournaments in smoky bars and foosball venues nationwide. The 38-year-old has won a variety of championships and is soon on her way to the International World Championship of Foosball in France to represent America in the wild world of foosball. Moore is pretty serious about the sport as well as being one of the best. She’s helped put Oklahoma on the map as one of the hotbed states for professional foosball. “Out of the top ten women players, five are from Oklahoma,” she said.

Now she’s on her way to try to win the U.S. Worlds in Dallas and then in January, she will cross the pond to show the world how Okie girls dominate in foosball.

Young Talent

Moore first found the love of foosball when she attended high school in Tampa, Florida. A pool hall sat across from her school and the kids would hang out during lunch and after school to play pool and throw darts. One fateful night, she wandered into the pool hall after dark and stumbled upon a foosball tournament. Somehow, she managed to get a spot, and the action of that ball hitting the goal with a loud metallic ting changed her life forever.

 “It was the sound that hooked me,” Moore said. “I started playing local tournaments and took it to the state level. In 1989, I went on the national tour stop in Atlanta for the National Championships. I was 14. I won the semi-pro division.”

Moore’s foosball career continued throughout her teen years and she was ranked the number one female player at age 16. “I loved and craved the attention,” she said. “I was young, I was good and it was so easy for me to play. When you are on the tour, you meet people from all over the country.”

Moore’s doubles partner, Christina Fuchs, hailed from Tulsa and her open mix doubles partner lived in Oklahoma City. Moore said it became clear that Oklahoma was the place to be for foosball. “After I turned 18, I moved here to play and compete, because Oklahoma was more central and easier to fly out of,” she said. “I really liked Oklahoma and I never went back home.”

Foosball in the 1990s was huge across the country and the sport was particularly popular in Oklahoma. In Europe, foosball tournaments were even more popular, with stadiums being filled to watch players battle it out with their plastic players. “People are obsessed with it,” Moore said, “but it’s a bar sport, like pool and darts.”

Elizabeth and her trophiesMoore took a nine-year break from competing to have a family and raise her children. She returned to professional foosball in 2009. The break didn’t seem to hurt her skill—she’s made it to the finals in every tournament she’s played since.

This year, she will compete in roughly 10 tournaments at a state and national levels. “What I’m really excited about is being in the World Cup team in France,” she said. “It’s exciting to represent your country.” Through the years, however, interest in the sport has faded. Attracting younger players is getting harder and recruitment is a challenge. Nothing is stopping Moore from continuing her love affair with foosball. “It’s so much fun though and there is prize money to be won,” she said.

Moore will compete in the U.S. World Championship in Dallas over Labor Day weekend and will represent the United States at the World Cup.

To donate to the U.S. Team, contact Moore at [email protected] To learn more about competitive foosball, visitifpfoosball.com or foosballboard.com.

Moore’s championships include:

• 3-time Tornado World Champion

• Current Reigning Open Women’s Doubles World Champion

• Open Mixed Doubles in the 2000 Worlds Competition

• Open Women’s Singles in 2009 Worlds

• Open Women’s Doubles in the 2012 Worlds Competition

3 Comments

Traci Brubaker Says:
August 14th, 2013 at 10:08 am
Liz is one of the classiest women in Foosball. It is an honor to be on the USA Women's Team, with her, competing at the World Cup in France. I loved the interview. It was interesting learning about her start in Foosball and how quickly she achieved the #1 ranking. Go Team USA

Mary Moore Says:
August 23rd, 2013 at 1:09 pm
I am the CEO and President OF the IFP PRO FOOSBALL TOUR. Liz is our number one rated female player of the year. She will be awarded this prestigious award again this year at the World Championships to be held at in Dallas, Texas this Labor Day Weekend. SHe is a first class act on and off the table. I have had the privilege to what her over her career. We are fortunate to have her on Team USA for the world cup championships in France this coming December. You can watch Liz Live Aug 30 - Sept 2 at www.ifptour.com I give my Congrats and wish the best of luck to Liz. Mary Moore

Gary Freeman Says:
September 2nd, 2013 at 11:56 pm

WOMENS OPEN DOUBLES
22 team(s)
Double Elimination
100% complete

Group B Group A

Top Standings
1st CHRISTINA FUCHS & LIZ HILL
2 GENA MURRAY & Audrey Moreland
3 TRACI BRUBAKER & Tommie Bagley
4 AMY POWERS & DUSTY BAMBENEK
5/6 LINDA LY & JENNIFER CARON
Liz won the womens open doubles tonight with CHRISTINA FUCHS
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