After a bit of a break (the virtual format of the 2021 competition was indeed quite exhausting for everyone) and much later than we’d like to, we are happy to share with you the draft rules for the 2022 competition. You can find the rules on the links below in two formats (the contents are exactly the same):
- HTML (much better for sharing/linking to – for instance https://robocupjuniortc.github.io/soccer-rules/2022-draft-rules/rules.html#passive-ball-spec)
- PDF (very good in a physically printed format on paper)
Let me also comment a bit on why did it take this long for the rules to get published, even in this draft form. As you can imagine, there are various reasons for it:
- The changes that were previously announced for 2022 didn’t assume a world which fights with a global pandemic.
- We haven’t played any (official) matches on the international level for the past two years.
- There is a lot of uncertainty around what the competition is going to look like in 2022.
That all being said, we completely understand the need for the rules to get released with the school year starting (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) meaning by the end of August / early September. In an ideal world, we’d have at least a draft of the new rules very shortly after the international competition finishes and this is indeed a state we are trying to get to. Sadly, we haven’t really been able to do so this year, which is fully my responsibility. Part of it could certainly be chalked up to a need to wind down after organizing the virtual event but it still would not be the first time this has happened, which seems to be hinting at a more systemic problem than just this year’s situation. Figuring out how to do this well will be a priority for most of 2022.
Finally, I would also like to note that the rules are still in a “Draft” state, meaning they might still change, but we don’t expect the changes to be very significant.
As always, if you have any thoughts / questions / comments, please do not hesitate to let me know – I will do my best to react promptly in here.