Over the years, the programme has expanded significantly. It started with just a football competition, but now includes a whole bunch of different leagues to compete in.
Football is still around – but now separated into humanoid, standard platform, middle size, small size and simulation categories. For the first time this year, there'll also be a penalty shootout challenge.
Out of Your League
Then there's the Industrial league, which features different logistics and work-related challenges. There's the Rescue league, which promotes simulations and robots aimed at developing rescue strategies for large-scale disaster scenarios.
Theres the Robocup @Home league, which aims to apply technologies to people's everyday lives. And finally there's the Junior league, giving kids the opportunity to work on robotics projects.
If that wasn't enough for you, then there's a faintly ridiculous promotional video:
Or, if Japan seems a bit far away, you can mark RoboCup 2018 in your calendar, which will be held in Montreal on June 15-22 2018.