ITSF: Rule 18.3 "A ball which has gone dead is considered out of play (see rule 8 ). The ball may be freely touched once permission has been granted by the official, or if no official is present, by the opposing team.
ITSF: Rule 8.3 "In the goalie area, if the ball is spinning in place but out of reach of any player figure it is not considered a dead ball and time limits shall be suspended until the ball either moves within reach or goes dead. Now, if it goes dead and is in the goalie area, we go right back to rule 18.3.
Recently in Atlanta, Greg Childress and Ron Hardin were called on this rule. The ball was awarded to the other team. This argument and subsequent discussion has recently come up twice in Gulf Coast foosball and now we are posting it for discussion here on NetFoos for some feedback. The Ft. Walton foosball club believes that if the ball goes dead in the back of the goalie box, you must make an effort to put a man on it and retrieve it. If you cannot touch it with any part of your goalie, then you ask the other team for an evaluation and if they agree that it is dead and out of reach, you simply reach down and grab it and put it back into play. Is this copesetic?