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Federation of International Robot-soccer Association

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The Federation of International Robot-soccer Association [sic] (FIRA) is an international organisation organising competitive soccer – usually 5-a-side – competitions between autonomous robots.[1]


In 1996 and 1997, this competition was known as MiroSot and was held in Daejeon, Korea. The 1996 competition offered a challenging arena to the younger generation and researchers working with autonomous mobile robotic systems.

From 1998 through 2008, it was called the FIRA Cup, and in 2009, it became the FIRA RoboWorld Cup & Congress. The 15th RoboWorld Cup was held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore, India in September 2010.[2]

In 2013, it took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The championship started on August 24, 2013, and ended on August 29.[needs update] At that time, it involved five categories: Micro-Robot Soccer Tournament, Amire, Naro, Simulated Robot, Android, Robo and Humanoid Robot.[3] It attracted teams from Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Russia and Malaysia. 80 teams from 11 countries participated.

The 2015 RoboWold Cup was held in Hefei in China, with more than 500 teams taking part from 45 countries.[4]

As of 2018, the competition had 277 teams participating from 12 countries.[5]

FIRA RoboWorld Cup & Congress[edit]

This competition has 4 leagues: FIRA AIR, FIRA Sports, FIRA Challenges, and FIRA Youth. Each league has its own competitions, and each competition can have several events.

FIRA AIR[edit]

The FIRA AIR league has two associated competitions, Autonomous Race and Emergency Service.

FIRA Sports[edit]

The FIRA Sports league has four associated competitions, HuroCup, RoboSot, SimuroSot, and AndroSot. This the robot soccer league.

HuroCup consists of single events for bipedal humanoid robots. The events are: archery, sprint, marathon, united soccer, obstacle run, long jump, spartan race, marathon, weightlifting, and basketball. There is an all-round competition for the single robot that performs the best overall.

FIRA Challenges[edit]

The FIRA Challenges league has three associated competitions, Swarm Robots, Wheeled Challenge, and Mini-DRC Humanoid.

FIRA Youth[edit]

The FIRA Youth league has six associated challenges, Sport Robots, HuroCup Junior, CityRacer, DRV_Explorer, Cliff Hanger, and Mission Impossible.


  1. ^ "IIT-Kharagpur robots to play football in Malaysia – Hindustan Times". Archived from the original on 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  2. ^ "Humanoids may vie for football glory by '50". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Robotic football 'World Cup' kicks off". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  4. ^ Wakefield, Jane (17 July 2015). "RoboCup: Training robots to play football". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. ^ "FIRA RoboWorld Cup takes place in Central Taiwan Aug. 7–11". 7 August 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.

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