Yes, even robots play the 'beautiful game'. This July in Brazil, up to fifty teams from around the world will compete in RoboCup — the premiere event for robotic football.
When robots play football, it looks like a game played by five-year-olds: they swarm around the ball, kick haphazardly and fall down a lot. But robot teams have made strides in recent years, and some researchers believe the humanoids could challenge the world’s best players in a decade or two.
”Maybe in 20 years we could develop a team of robots to play against the best World Cup teams,” said Daniel Lee, who heads the University of Pennsylvania robotics lab, which is seeking a fourth consecutive RoboCup, the premiere event for robotic football.
The Penn student team, UPennalizers, took home the RoboCup in the Netherlands in 2013 for the third year running, after victories in Mexico City in 2012 and Istanbul in 2011. Held annually since 1997, this year's RoboCup will be hosted by the city of Joao Pessoa, Brazil, from July 21 to 24, which concludes with a symposium on July 25.