We bought this football table for my son for Christmas as this was something he asked Santa for. It is made by smoby so we knew that this was going to be worth the money spent and also a good product for my son to play on, and we wasn't wrong. We was trying to get things that my son wanted for Christmas as there wasn't money being wasted on toys that he would never play on, and he is at the age now where he knows what he wants. Overall I am very happy with the table and seems very sturdy, and my son loves it.
The table does come in flat pack so will need building, you do get the instructions within the box, and is easy to follow, it took my partner around 15-30 minutes to build the table, which isn't bad. You do also have some stickers in the box to put on the table to make it look more appealing. You have all the equipment, screws so there will be looking or buying the right equipment to put this table together.
**ABOUT THE TABLE**
The table is a reasonable size at 75 x 47cm so not too big or too small. Also the legs can be toggled with so that they fold flat when not playing with it, so easy to store away, all we do is undo the screws a little bit on the legs and they begin to fold. The football table itself is clear and printed on the pitch, looks like a proper realistic pitch, it comes with 2 teams blue and white, and with 2 balls.
Playing the game is easy the object is to win the match, by hitting the ball into the opponent's net scoring the goal, on the side of each player there are 9 scoring markers which slide across the small marker grid. The players are situated on rods that allow you to move the players side to side, and twisting the handles will allow your players to kick the ball. The rods are supported by springs with side allowing you the player not to be bashing in the side of the table.
You have 4 handles on the table to control on each rod you have from 1-5 players on each, but up to you where you put the players when building it as long they are the same as the other teams otherwise he wouldn't be fair. The table can be quite noisy when playing the game, with the ball running across the pitch, as the pitch is made from thin board, which as you know can be quite noisy. I think it would have been better if the pitch had felt on the top of the board to cause the noise to reduce when playing the game.
The nets are made of soft plastic and coloured grey, these are situated inside the table, at each of the table there is a pocket similar to a snooker table but in a rectangular shape, which is situated under the nets, and these are the goals. The ball is black and white in colour and is a very hard ball, so will be very hard wearing. The ball has no problems on the table and not to heavy so easy for kicking the ball with the players.
Each of the legs of the table have blue plastic socks on the bottom of them, these are to keep the table steady and straight, which do the trick nicely. The players are made of hard plastic and very neatly painted, these are the key when playing football, and very easy to move and to kick the ball.
**AVAILABILITY AND PRICE**
Here are the places you can buy this football table from:-
Ace 24 - £69.99
Argos - £69.99
Amazon - £56
The price of the table is a little on the expensive side and I think you will get a better deal shopping around at other stores for the better deal.
In my opinion I think the table is well worth the money I know it seems to be a bit expensive to people but money is no concept to me if my child is happy. My son plays one game with me or his dad every night and does play on his own through the day, and he enjoys it very much so a good buy. The fact that the table is still in one piece is good and that it seems to be sturdy when playing with it, the balls are still with us and haven't disappeared is also a good thing.
**MY SONS OPINION**
The football table is hard because it is really strong. I love playing with my favourite football table.
Features and benefits for Smoby Challenger Football Table Children will love this Challenger Football table including two balls with real pitch proportions.