Soccer Simulation Team FRA-UNIted

FRA-UNIted is the RoboCup team at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Our team participates in the 2D Simulation League of the RoboCup initiative. FRA-UNIted is a continuation of the former Brainstormers project whose research and development had previously (till 2010) been done at different universities throughout Germany. In 2015, FRA-UNIted has been moved and re-established at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

Current Event:
RoboCup World Championships 2019 (Sydney, Australia, July 1st till July 8th, 2019). Results will are posted here, as soon as they become available.

Team News

  • 07/06/2019: FRA-UNIted finished RoboCup 2019 ranking 8th. All results can be found on this site (in German).
  • 03/13-14/2019: FRA-UNIted training camp in building 1 of FRA-UAS' campus.
  • 12/05-09/2018: FRA-UNIted finishes this season with a third place at RoboCup Asia Pacaific 2018 (RCAP'18) in Iran.
  • 06/18-22/2018: FRA-UNIted achieves the fifth place at RoboCup 2018 in Montreal (Canada). Besides, our team won the Best Paper Award at the RoboCup Symposium 2018 for its work on "Communication in Soccer Simulation: On the Use of Wiretapping Opponent Teams".
  • 07/25-31/2017: FRA-UNIted becomes Vice World Champion at RoboCup 2017 in Nagoya (Japan)! Find details on our amazing results at the WM Diary under this link (in German).
  • 04/27-30/2017: FRA-UNIted achieves the 2nd place at this years Robotica 2017 in Portugal, yielding as many points as no other team throughout the tournament and receiving the least number of goals agains. The exciting final match was unluckily lost 0:1 against team Nexus.
  • 04/27/2017: Team member T. Raschke successfully defends his Bachelor Thesis on using reinforcement learning for learning to dribble. His learnt behavior NeuroDribble2017 has already been incorporated into the team. See this thesis spotlight for more details.
  • 03/14-15/2017: FRA-UNIted training camp in building 1 of FRA-UAS' campus.
  • 07/04/2017: FRA-UNIted finishes RoboCup 2017 with an 11th place in the main competition, a 5th place in the Evluation Challenge, as well as a 1st place in the "Best Team Description Paper" category.
  • 06/28/2016: Our team has arrived at Leipzig, this year's location of the RoboCup World Championship tournament. We are busy applying final tunings to our playing strategy. First games will take place on June, 30th.
  • 05/15/2016: Our paper "Progress in RoboCup Revisited: The State of Soccer Simulation 2D" has been accepted for oral presentation at this year's RoboCup Symposium.
  • 04/26/2016: New sponsor: VDE Rhein-Main has agreed to support our team.
  • 03/10/2016: Notification from RoboCup OC: FRA-UNIted is qualified for this year's RoboCup championships tournament in Leipzig.
  • 03/08-09/2016: FRA-UNIted training camp in building 1 of FRA-UAS' campus.
  • 02/03/2016: Lecture course finished: Computer science project (part of Bachelor in Computer Science curriculum) on robotic soccer simulation has been finished successfully and yielded a number of valuable contributions to our team.
  • 01/19/2016: Competitive teaching grant: Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences has formally agreed to financially support our team's activities.

Key Facts

  • founded in 1998 (as team Brainstormers)
  • three times world champion: 2005, 2007, and 2008
  • six consecutive European-level titles: 2005 through 2010
  • research focus: use of artificial intelligence-based and reinforcement learning approaches to the largest degree possible
  • more than 20 publications on the use of machine learning techniques in the context of robotic soccer

Current Team Members

  • Thomas Gabel
  • Eicke Godehardt
  • Yalcin Eren
  • Steffen Breuer
  • Philipp Klöppner
  • Robert Uwe Litschel
  • Fabian Sommer


  • VDE Rhein-Main
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences