Robotic Futbol Club
  • A team of lunch-box-sized robots play soccer
  • Robocup team makes last-minute checks before the competition
    Robocup team makes last-minute checks before the competition
    Courtesy Robocup

The Robotic Futbol Club Cambridge (RFC-Cambridge), also known on campus as the Robocup team, is a joint MIT–Harvard team. We build and maintain a team of over six lunch-box-sized robots to play a soccer-like game against other teams at the international Robocup competition each summer. As a team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers, we are dedicated to contribute to the field of autonomous robotics and give students at both MIT and Harvard a taste of engineering in the real world. 


Robotic Futbol Club At a glance

Number of Members:

31 members in 2016-2017
Team leaders: 
  • Liam Mulshine
  • Sandra Schumann
  • Melinda Szabo
  • Yasmin Chavez
  • John Alex Keszler
  • Rosemary Hofstedt
  • Jon Cruz
  • Rico Stormer
  • Karl Otness
Year began: 
N51- Milkdrop
Recent Activities

We are preparing for the 2017 competition in Japan coming end of July! Currently we are working on Complete an overhaul of the main electronic control system and Migration to a new software framework using ROS, while also developing new appendages for the robot kicker and improving the case. In the past, the team has travelled to Hefei, China in 2015, to Lefkosa, Cyprus for the 2014 Near East University International Robotics Tournament, and to the Netherlands to participate in the summer 2013 Robocup Competition. Unfortunately, our team was not available for the 2016 competition in Leipzig, Germany, but are ready to go for the next year.

Most Notable Moment

In an effort to pull an all-nighter, the team eventually fell asleep in Maxwell Dworkin Houst at Harvard where their robots play soccer. The team was woken up the next morning by a high school debating team who had been assigned the room for a debate compeitition. 

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