RoboCup Junior History

The concept of robots playing soccer, called RoboCup, was the brainchild of a world-renowned robotic engineer, Dr Hiroaki Kitano. He proposed "By the year 2050, humanoid robots will compete against the World Cup-winning team and beat them". Dr Kitano created an international intellectual cooperative where leading universities meet annually at different venues around the world using soccer-playing robots to compete.

As a result, a subdivision of the competition, the RoboCup Junior Competition, was specifically created for primary and secondary school students. The first Australian National RoboCup Junior Competition was held in 2000. RoboCup Junior competitions are now being conducted around the world.

More information on the state, national and international competitions are available at: