Over the summer the Falcons finished 3rd at the annual RoboCup World Championships in Sydney, Australia, a great achievement for a team that celebrates only its 5th anniversary this year.

The Falcons’ quick progress to the podium is unparalleled in the league: Never was a team able to progress to 3rd position in such a short time. To reach this result, the Falcons needed to beat a long time opponent from China, NuBot, who had been keeping them from the podium for the last 2 championships. In the match for third place, the Falcons finally beat NuBot with 6-1, another record achievement in the short history of the Falcons.

This progress is the result of a very passionate crew that works on both hardware and software. The carefully designed software architecture not only facilitates the software that makes the robot move, but also accommodates a large amount of diagnostic tools that allow the team to evaluate each game in combination with the video recordings. For example, while playing back video footage, the Robot Data Logging can be shown synchronously: this helps to reveal why certain decisions were made at a certain point in time. Using these diagnostics, the software can be improved very effectively and at a high pace - especially during tournaments.

Next to this smart design, the robots’ uptime was a key factor in the team’s success. It is crucial that all five robots are 100% available during the game so the team can always play at full strength. In comparison, competing teams lost valuable points while their robots were under repair. Besides the championships, the Falcons also made it to the third position for the technical challenge of the MSL, where the robots needed to demonstrate their skills in five different tasks. All in all, the ASML Falcons are looking back to a very successful tournament.

The ASML Falcons have their own facility in Veldhoven at De Locht where they meet a couple of evenings a week. Here they can practice with the robots on their own soccer field and design, improve and further develop their robots. About once a month they organize a practice match against the VDL-RobotSports team to check their progress and identify areas where they can still improve.

If you want to know more about the team or are interested in joining, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Falcons team captain.

At the end of April the yearly "Portugese Open" Robotica kicked off in Porto. The ASML Falcons soccer robots participated in the Middle Size League competition. Unofficially, this tournament is considered the European Championship. Competing teams included the current World Champion Tech United, and the runner up Cambada.

The Falcons arrived with a team of 10 people, and no less than 7 robots: next to the Keeper with a new, actuated frame, the four normal field players and substitute robot, for the first time a robot based on our new motion platform was part of the team.

Read more: Looking back at the Portugese Open

It has been six months since RoboCup 2018 has finished. After a well-deserved holiday, the Falcons started working on many improvements both in the hardware and in the software domain. Time to show off the progress that we made so far!

MSL Workshop

Three team members have attended the middle-size league (MSL) workshop in Aveiro, Portugal, where they improved the MSL refbox, extended Cambada's real-time database (RTDB) and improved the MSL rules.

Read more: Development update

The Middle Size League has published the rules for 2019: see here.

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