RoboCup MSL : history, accomplishments, current status and challenges ahead

R. Soetens, M.J.G. van de Molengraft, B. Cunha

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The RoboCup Middle-Size League (MSL) is one of the founding leagues of the annual RoboCup competition. Ever since its birth it has been a league where development of hard- and software happens simultaneously in a real-world decentralized multi-robot soccer setting. Over the years the MSL achieved scientific results in robust design of mechatronic systems, sensor-fusion, tracking, world modelling and distributed multi-agent coordination. Because of recent rule changes which actively stimulate passing, matches in RoboCup MSL have become increasingly appealing to a general audience. Approximately five thousand spectators were present during last years final match. In this paper we present our plan to build on this momentum to further boost scientific progress and to attract new teams to the league. We also give a historical overview and discuss the current state of the MSL competition in terms of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoboCup 2014 : Robot World Cup XVIII
EditorsR.A.C. Bianchi, H.L. Akin, S. Ramamoorthy , K. Sugiura
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-18614-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-18615-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event18th RoboCup International Symposium (RoboCup 2014) - Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Duration: 19 Jul 201425 Jul 2014
Conference number: 18

Publication series



Conference18th RoboCup International Symposium (RoboCup 2014)
Abbreviated titleRobocup 2014
CityJoao Pessoa
Internet address


  • Academic competition
  • History
  • Middle-Size League
  • Open source
  • Outlook
  • Roadmap
  • RoboCup
  • Survey


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