Drone Soccer Challenge

August 24th, 2024 - August 27th, 2024

Drone soccer is a highly engaging and exciting robotics competition that pits teams of drones against each other in a simulated soccer match. The drones, equipped with advanced sensors and algorithms, navigate the field, and attempt to score goals using their propellers. The objective of drone soccer is to score more goals than the opposing team within the allotted time limit. The drones must adhere to specific rules and regulations, such as maintaining a certain altitude and avoiding collisions.

  • The competition is open for all 100 Teams are eligible to participate, encompassing both national and international countries.
  • All participants will get a certification of Participation from All India Council For Robotics & Automation (AICRA).
  • INR 175,000  to be awarded to winning teams.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open for all : Schools/Colleges/Universities every age group can participate.

Drone Soccer Team

Drone Soccer is a coed (mixed) sport and teams must maintain a diverse and inclusive roster. Drone Soccer can be played by teams of equal size (4v4). Each team roster must be coed and may have a maximum of ten players. The 4 active players are referred to as "Pilots", nonflying players are "Crew".

Team Identification

To assist in team identification, assemble drones so that ¾ of cage panels are one color, with the rear cage panels in a second color. If dividing equipment between two teams then have one team with white cages and a red rear panel, and one team with red cages and white rear panel. Competitive teams should paint their exoskeleton cages using a plastic paint. The rear panel should be a bright secondary color to aid in visual orientation of the drone. LED’s should be similarly patterned with a team color on the front and sides of the drone. LED’s should be programmed to change to a similar but distinct Striker pattern using a radio switch. Tail light colors correspond to each pilots' position below.

Team Position

There are four positions in Drone Soccer each with unique identification and responsibilities. The Striker and Forward are offensive drones designated with special flags. The remaining two defensive drones are the Center and Keeper. Only the Striker is able to score by flying through the opponents goal. If the Striker is damaged, the Forward can tag the Striker on the ground and assumer the Striker position.

Each team typically uses four drones, equipped with propellers, sensors, and a computer controller.

Drone Specification

  • Maximum Total Weight: 300g
  • Exoskeleton Diameter 20cm ± 2 (7.9in)
  • Maximum Base Truncation: 2cm
  • Batteries: 3S or 4S (number of cells in each battery)
  • Max Voltage Per Battery Cell: 4.2V
  • Max Propeller Diameter: 7.6cm (3in.)
  • Radio Control (RC) Spectrum: 2.4 GHz


  • 3S-4S Lithium Polymer Drone Racing Battery
  • Discharge Rate: 75C or higher
  • Capacity: Recommended 650mAh (4S) or 850mAh (3S)
  • Wiring Harness: 11-18V DC Power XT30 Connection

The playing field is typically a rectangular area surrounded by netting or other barriers. The field may be marked with lines or other features to aid in navigation.

Each Match consists of 3 Sets. The duration of each set is 3 minutes. A 3-5 minute repair countdown between Sets allows for battery exchange, aircraft repair, and substitutions. Thirty minutes are allotted for each Match. 

Set Start

All drones should be placed on the staging table with batteries strapped on, but not connected. The referee will enter the arena and place the drones in the starting zone. The referee will call “Radios On” to remind pilots to ensure that their radios are ready.

  • Two attempts can be made to connect the drone before exchanging for a spare. 
  • Do not arm drones balls until commanded by the referee. 
  • Once both teams are ready, the referee will exit and command pilots to “Arm Your Drones!” 

At the starting signal, pilots lift off and begin play.

Goal Scoring

A point will be awarded each time a Striker successfully flies through their opponent’s goal in the forward direction. The drone must pass completely through the goal. The Striker cannot pass backwards through the goal in an attempt to score. Other drones that fly through the goal will not be awarded or penalized.


For a violation of the above rules, a Penalty may be awarded by the Referee. 

  • Penalties may result in Penalty Shots in extra time following each Set.
  • Ten seconds will be allotted for the striker to attack against a single defender.
  • The striker may attempt multiple goals. 
  • Penalty Shot time will not be counted against Set elapsed time. 
  • At the conclusion of the ten second penalty all other drones can resume play.

Upside Down or Stuck Drone

Drones who are stuck upside down must utilize “turtle mode” to flip over, or have a teammate bump assist to roll the drone to upright for flight.

If a drone is stuck against the arena, notify the referee who will free it. Do not interact with a drone through the net. The referee may choose to pause the game to assist a stuck drone. 

The winner of each Match is determined by the best of three Sets. The team that scores the most points in the allotted time will be awarded that Set. Teams will play all three Sets for ranking purposes. In the event of a tied Set resulting in a tied Match, the winner of the Match will be decided by Sudden Death in extra time (the first to score wins).

Team Preperation - Teams are responsible for ensuring their drones are ready to fly, and that they have enough charged batteries (four per player) before each Match.

  • Teams will clearly designate a Striker before each Set using lighting and/or flags.
  • Teams may place a backup drone ball in the staging area should one of their drones be unable to arm.
  • Teams who do not have drones ready to fly after a warning can elect to fly short handed or will otherwise forfeit that Set.
  • Only active players are allowed in the pilot area during gameplay. 
  • Substitutions can not be made during a Set, but unlimited substitutions can be made from the roster between Sets. 
  • Players may not swap radio controllers during gameplay.

Direction of Flight - The striker can not fly through the other team’s goal from the back. Defenders may not hover within the goal, or fly through the goal in the reverse direction. All drones who enter a goal must fly out and around to return to play. 

 Damaged Drone - Players must weigh the risk of damage with how aggressively they fly. A damaged drone must be immediately disarmed and that team will fly shorthanded for the remainder of the Set.

If a striker is disabled:

  • Players will immediately notify the Referee.
  • Referee will stop play and all drones will land.
  • The referee will swap flags to a backup striker.
  • Play will resume with remaining drones from current positions.

Misconduct - Players, coaches, and spectators must exhibit respectful conduct at all times. Officials may remove participants from the Match or Tournament for infractions or violations of the Code of Conduct.  

Controlled Flight - Drones must be flown under control to the best of a player's ability. Reckless  flight that intentionally causes damage may result in penalties and/or removal from the game. Damaged or disabled drones should be immediately disarmed to prevent further damage.

Interference - Only the referee can physically interact with drones within the Arena. No player, coach, or spectator may interact with a drone through the arena netting.

Early Start - Players will arm but remain on the ground until the start signal begins the Set. 

Offsides - After a successful goal, the striker and all teammates must retreat back across the centerline before attacking again. No point will be awarded until all active teammates have all cleared the attack zone. Disabled drones are not counted.

Safty Measures - Broken propeller blades can depart the arena at high speeds. Players and referees should wear glasses or protective eyewear when in the vicinity of the arena during active gameplay.

Venue : Noida Indoor Stadium, Noida-Delhi/NCR (India)
Registration Fee :

  • For Indian resident: INR 2950/- (Inclusive GST) per challenge.
  • For Non India resident: USD 50 per team.

Prize Bifurcation: INR 100,000 (1st Prize) | INR 50,000 (2nd Prize) | INR 25,000 (3rd Prize)

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