Drones move from side to side to take videos or photos, but that is not what they are intended for, they are encased in a protective circular wire structure that creates a ball and let them collide without breaking. This is Drone football or football with drones And to practice it, it is not enough to know how to use a drone; you need to know how to build, program, fly and repair powerful drones. And then learn to score goals and defend them.

It’s like football, but in the air. There are players, balls, referees and rules. And there is even an organizing body: the International Drone Soccer Federation, better known as FIDA.

Sangheub Ro, President of FIDA, expressed his enthusiasm about the development of the sport: “It started with the idea of ​​playing football with a drone, and since then our researchers have worked hard to create a product called drone football. Many people have joined forces to make it a recreational sport. “I am very happy and excited to have come this far as president of FIDA.”

Football with drones at CES 2024. (Photo: Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) Photo: AFP

What does it consist of?

Two teams of five pilots handle five balls or dronesone of the pilots must fulfill the role of attacker, making him the only one who can score a goal by passing through a 60 centimeter hoop. The other four can play as defenders or in any formation. Each of the matches consists of 3 rounds of 3 minutes each.

FIDA USA member Sean Greenhalgh hopes the game will inspire young people to learn to fly drones. The ‘drone football’ was present at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. (JO)