What is Drone Soccer?

Premiering in Fall of 2020:

The Drone Soccer League inspires students with aerospace engineering through thrilling team competition.

A Full-Contact Team Sport

Drone soccer is a thrilling indoor team sport played with remote controlled hobby quadcopters that are safely enclosed in protective plastic spheres (“drone soccer balls”). Teams protect their goal when flying by colliding into the opposing team, while helping to carve a path for their designated “striker” drone to score through the opposing goal. The standard playing area can fit inside a classroom – a 10’x20’ (3mx6m) court. Participation emphasizes both STEM education and teamwork; students are responsible for building, flying, and repairing drones for competition.

Competitive Leagues

The U.S. Drone Soccer League is a national community of participating schools (grades 6-12) and community organizations that provide high-engagement exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Lessons and competitions emphasize hands-on learning with aerospace engineering, computer programming, and aviation. The Drone Soccer League Curriculum builds on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) crosscutting concepts as students are expected to build, improve, and operate their drone soccer balls in exciting competitions as they learn practical skills from soldering to teamwork.

Aerospace Immersion

The Drone Soccer League is a supportive community of students as well as aviation and robotics professionals, providing direct connections to industry and educational opportunities. These foundational learning experiences shape student’s aspirations from commercial aviation to space exploration, with exciting regional tournaments that feel more like an Air Show than a science fair. Participation also familiarizes students with FAA safety standards and a culture of responsibility. Fast-learning students will not age out of Drone Soccer, but can grow through increasing technical difficulty and competitive challenges.

Latest News

World Premiere at Space Foundation – Oct 17th

DRONE SOCCER PROMISES LEARNING AND FLYING COLLISIONS COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A ‘Drone Soccer’ indoor arena is the newest temporary exhibit at the Space Foundation Discovery Center that opens to the public from October 6th-17th, 2020. Drone Soccer is a high-tech and fast-growing robotic sport played with flying quadcopters enclosed in protective spheres. Teams of either...
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