Hello! I am Casey. One of the Nao robots. The humans around here asked me to introduce you to the rules of our game.
We are playing soccer (as you might have guessed already). We are usually playing on teams of five robots on fields nine meters long and six meters wide. If you have watched some of our videos you might have noticed that there are sometimes less than five robots on the field. This usually happens if the humans failed to teach us the game properly or if we suffer from serious injuries.
The games are usually the most exciting part for us, as these are the times where we do not have to listen to the humans and can do as we want. As soon as the match starts we do all decisions on our own and play without listening to any instructions of the humans.
The game has two halves, each ten minutes long. In between there is a ten minute break where we can cool down, recharge and are taken care of by the humans (only fair as we are doing all the hard work after all :P ).
As of this season, the humans make us wear coloured waistbands so they can easily tell the teams apart. One team uses a blue waistbands while the other team plays with a magenta one. We are more or less amused over these waistbands with questionable fashion value. We do not need them to recognize our teammates as we are allowed to talk via wireless LAN, which usually works better for us than looking out for the waistbands.
There are a few other rules about goals, pickups, returning to the field and placing the ball after outs and goals. I will only tell you the basics here. You will find the rest in the official rulebook.
We are supposed to use our feet to score goals. Hands contact implies that the goal is not counted. The team with kick-off is not allowed to score a goal right away. The ball must have left the center circle before a goal is counted. The defending team is not limited by this rule. They may score right away if they reach the ball fast enough.
The rules for penalties are quite complicated in detail. The basic principle is: do not walk were you are not allowed to and do not bump some bot over. Bumping or pushing a robot while you are not fighting over the ball gets you an 30 seconds penalty. Injured robots are taken out as well. The goalie is the only player allowed to enter his team’s penalty area. Other players get a 30 seconds penalty as soon as they try. However we are all allowed to enter the other team’s penalty area, even their goal. In the end, we are not allowed to leave the field and neither harm humans.
Oh how we tried.
RoboCup 2018, Montreal
German Open 2018, Magdeburg
RoboCup 2017, Nagoya
RoboCup 2016, Leipzig
RoboCup 2015, Hefei
German Open 2015, Magdeburg
Iran Open 2015, Tehran
RoboCup 2014, João Pessoa
German Open 2014, Magdeburg
RoboCup 2013, Eindhoven
German Open 2013, Magdeburg
AUT Cup 2012, Teheran
RoboCup 2012, Mexico
RoboCup 2011, Istanbul
RoboCup German Open 2011, Magdeburg
RoboCup 2010, Singapore
Quarter finals, 1st place in Open Challenge
RoboCup German Open 2010, Magdeburg
RoboCup 2009, Graz
1st place in Technical Challenge
1st place in RobotStadium world championship
RoboCup German Open 2009, Hannover