What Drone Soccer is like: the new technological soccer that is preparing its first World Cup for 2025

Drones move from side to side, but these are not ordinary drones; They are neither for photos nor for videos, but are encapsulated in a protective circular wire structure that forms a ball and allows them to collide without breaking. This is Drone Soccer either football with drones And, to practice it, it is not enough to know how to use a drone, you have to know how to build, program, fly and repair high-performance drones. And then learn to score goals and defend with them.

It’s football, but in the air. Just like real soccer, there are players, there are balls, referees and rules. And there is even an organizing body: the International Drone Soccer Federation, known as FIDA. Sangheub Ro, President of FIDA, expressed his enthusiasm for the development of the sport: “It started with the idea of ​​playing soccer with a drone, and since then, our researchers have worked hard to create a product called drone soccer. Many people have joined forces to make it a recreational sport. “I am very happy and excited as president of FIDA to have come this far.”

On the grass field, two teams of five drivers handle five balls, with one driver usually designated as the striker who is the only one who can score a goal by passing through a 60-centimeter hoop. that he is hanging at the end of the field. The other four can play as defenders or in any formation to prevent the opposing team from scoring. The matches have 3 rounds of 3 minutes each, and the sum of goals in each set determines the winner.

The first international Drone Soccer tournament, “The Robo Universe Drone Soccer Competition 2018,” was held on June 30, 2018 in the city of Goyang, where more than three hundred people competed for the winning trophy. In 2025, the Drone Soccer World Cup will be held in Jeonju with more than 200 teams from 32 countries.

A red drone scores a goal during a drone exhibition soccer game at CES 2024, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the United States, January 10, 2024. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (STEVE MARCUS /)

The entire game stopped entertainment journalist Diana Su, who was fascinated by what she described as a reminder of another game from another magical world: “I’m going to give a very geeky answer because I’m a big Harry Potter fan. That’s why I’m a Quidditch fan. So when I walked in and realized there was a drone game, my mind instantly thought of magic and how things are no longer magic, but reality. “I was on my phone, I barely turned my head and instantly forgot everything else just to focus on the drone game.”

FIDA USA member Sean Greenhalgh hopes the game will inspire young people to learn to fly drones. Greenhalgh said the reaction has been positive: “It’s absolutely incredible. “Every time someone sees this drone, they immediately get involved and want to know more about the sport.”

“Drone soccer” was presented as an exciting sport at CES 2024 that seeks to be a platform to inspire future generations in technology, offering a unique combination of sporting excitement and technical skills.