Snookball Quick Facts

  • It is a hybrid game that combines pool and soccer together, by replacing pool balls with soccer balls and the pool cue with a pair of shoes.
  • Originated from France
  • Played on a giant blow-up version of the pool table that is 3.6 by 6.6 meters!
  • Has 2 variations – the game of 8 and the game of 9.
  • The soccer balls used are 2 types of size 3 balls: weighted white ball and non-weighted colored balls.

The Game of 8

Typically the games can be played in single or double matches. However, feel free to have as many members in the 2 teams! The more the merry...or not.

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Set Up

As in pool games, 15 numbered balls are arranged using a triangle. The 1 ball is placed at the top of the triangle, and the 8 ball is placed in the middle of the third row, leaving all rest randomly placed around the 8 ball.

How it's played

The player that pockets the first ball get to choose which target ball group, solid or striped. The first player to pocket all the balls of his/her group, then the #8 ball, wins the game. During the game, a player continues playing as long as each strike pockets his/her own balls and doesn’t commit any faults.

Faults
  • When the following faults are committed, the opponent can play 2 times if he/she doesn’t commit an offense in the first attempt:
    • touch the opponent’s ball first
    • the white ball fails to touch player’s own balls
  • If the white ball is pocketed, the opponent can place it anywhere for the next move.
  • Ultimately, a player loses if the white ball is pocketed or leave the table simultaneously as the 8 ball is pocketed, or the 8 ball is pocketed before all his/her target balls are pocketed.

Additional rules when double (or multi-player team) match is played
Rotation scheme of players during a double match:
  1. Player A of team 1
  2. Player A of team 2
  3. Player B of team 1
  4. Player B of team 2

The rules are essentially the same as single games, except members of the same team can assist the player in action by catching the white ball and pocket a ball of their target group. This is called a pass. However, for the pass to be valid, the white ball must be in motion and cross the middle of the game table before the second player deflects it. The pass cannot be used to pocket the 8 ball. An invalid pass will result in the opponent team able to play 2 times in a roll.

The Game of 9

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Set Up

In the game of 9, the numbered 1-9 balls are arranged in a diamond much similar to the game of 8. The 1 ball is placed at the top of the diamond, and the 9 ball is placed in the center, leaving all rest randomly placed around the 9 ball.

How it's played

The game of 9 is won by pocketing the 9 ball in several rounds of games, by pocketing the 9 ball each time. However, to do so, the player must always touch the lowest numbered ball with the white ball. Unlike the game of 8, balls don't need to be pocketed in any numerical order! A player continues playing as long as each strike pockets a ball and no foul was committed, or wins by pocketing the 9 ball.

Faults
  • When the following faults are committed, the opponent can play 2 times if he/she doesn’t commit an offense in the first attempt:
    • touch a ball without the lowest number
    • the white ball fails to touch a ball
  • If the white ball is pocketed, the opponent can place it anywhere in the next round.
  • Balls pocketed during a fault are not placed back onto the table.