We are world champion again!!! In a very intense, tough, and thrilling game, we were finally successful! The final score after the second half was 0:0! Both teams had a few chances to score. Both teams had the ball already on the opponent’s goal line, we scored just 1 second after (!!!!) the end of the first half!
In the following penalty shootout, we scored with our first three shots, UT Austin Villa failed all three of their shots (one was blocked by our goalie, one touched before the kick, one missed the goal).
Final score 3:0 was for us!
Now we celebrate!
After having won two more round robin games in the morning (7:0 against the RoboCanes from Miami and 8:0 against DAInamite from Berlin), we reached the quarter final as winner of our round robin group. The quarter final was played in the afternoon and we were able to win again. Our game against the UPennalizers ended 10:0! This means that we will play in the semifinal on Sunday. Our opponents will be the team UChile.
In addition, the final scores of the drop-in competition were announced. In both categories – game score and judge score (the human judges award points for the cooperation with the teammates) – we reached the maximum score and thus won this competition!
After a nice 7:0 win against NTU RoboPal in the outdoor semifinal, we unfortunately lost the final 0:1 against the Nao-Devils Dortmund. Our robots had a really hard time playing on the artificial grass. The Dortmund walk was way more capable of dealing with this ground.
After the final, we entered the second round robin of the indoor competition and already played one game: 9:0 against TJArk!
In parallel to the team competitions, we also participated in the drop-in competition in which each robot has four teammates that have been programmed by different other RoboCup teams. Together with our teammates, we were able to win all six of our drop-in games.
Today, we had our round robin games in the new Outdoor Competition. We won all three of them! The scores were: 2:0 against Nao-Devlis, 5:0 against TJArk, and 4:0 against Nao-Team HTWK. This means that we have won our group and will play in the outdoor finals tomorrow! Overall, playing on artificial grass turns out be be quite difficult as our robots have great problems being fast and stable at the same time. The sunlight on the field is the other big challenge. However, our software seems to be able to cope with this problem quite reliably. After the Outdoor Competition, we will directly enter the second round of the “normal” robot football competition.
RoboCup 2016 in Leipzig is about to begin! All B-Human team members have arrived safely and are currently preparing the robots and software for the upcoming competition, which will feature some very interesting outdoor games this year, e.g. playing under a large glass roof on artificial lawn. However, the main round as well as the drop-in competition (playing with mixed teams) will be played indoors again. We are looking forward to a great competition, keep you fingers crossed for our success!