2022 Fall Combine

Posted on October, 6th, 2022

The Notre Dame Fall Combine will be an exciting opportunity for all the schools in the conference to test the abilities of their robots. This year’s fall combine will take place on November 12th in Stepan Center. The time of the event is still TBD, but we know the event will be around 2 hours with a lunch social beforehand. Spectators are encouraged! Teams that cannot attend in person will still be able to compete virtually.

Blue-Gold Game and ND Day!

Posted on October 23rd, 2020

Don’t want to wait until November to watch another Irish home win? Come on up to Stepan Center at 3:00 PM Saturday October 24th as we host our Robotic Football Blue and Gold scrimmage! Support RFC in what may be the only guaranteed Irish win this semester. If you can't come in person, you can catch the live stream at this link.

If you’re looking for even more ways to support the club, consider donating to us on ND Day this October 26/27. You can support us at our page here. Go Irish!

Dawn of a New Season

Posted on Aug 18th, 2020

After a summer of careful planning, the team is finally ready to start another safe and successful season! You can read all about how the team plans to continue striving for excellence while keeping the safety of its members as the top priority here.

Tournament Cancellation due to COVID-19

Posted on June, 23th, 2020

Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19, the 2020 tournament was not held in April as originally planned. The team hopes that everyone will stay healthy and safe, and will work with the University to resume meetings meetings in accordance with University guidelines.

Rules for the 2019 Season Released

Posted on September, 12th, 2019

After deliberations over the summer, the official rules for the 2019-2020 season of college robotic football have been released. The updated rules can be found here.

Discovery Channel Video

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2018

The Discovery Channel worked with the Notre Dame Robotic Football Team to produce a video about robotic football as a developing sport with a focus on the Notre Dame vs. Purdue scrimmage (1/27/2018).

Scrimmage against Purdue

Updated on Feb 22nd, 2018

On January 27th, 2018, Notre Dame Robotic Football took down Purdue-Kokomo by a score of 54-9 with impressive performances on both sides of the ball. The full game footage can be found here.

Robot Football on ABC57

Posted on October 21st, 2017

An ABC57 special on robotic football! ABC57 did a story about the history of robotic football as well as where it is going in the future. If you missed it you can find it on ABC57’s website.

Robotic Roughness

Posted on October 21st, 2017

As seen on NBC sports! Here is NBC’s Great Big Story about us and what we do. This video was aired during the ND vs. USC game, so if you missed it, here is your chance to see what we are all about! Check out the Video Here!. If you are interested in starting your own team please check out our Getting Started page.

Scrimmage against Valparaiso

Posted on October 9th, 2017

Notre Dame played Valparaiso in a scrimmage on October 7th. Both teams had stellar defenses, leading to a defensive battle. In the end, Notre Dame came out on top. The final score was 6-0 Notre Dame.

Scrimmage against Valparaiso

Posted on Sept 8th, 2017

Notre Dame will be having a scrimmage against Valparaiso University at 10:00am EST on Saturday, October 7th at Riley High School in South Bend, IN.

Gridiron Gadgets

Posted on June 12th, 2017

Want to learn more about Robotic Football? Read this great article by Andy Fuller.

ND Day 2017

Posted on April, 19th, 2017

Big thank you to all those who donated to Robotic Football on ND Day. We received 255 votes and raised over $2,600! Thanks for all your support, and for helping to keep our club running.

2017 Blue and Gold Game

Posted on April, 19th, 2017

The Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game is a scrimmage of Notre Dame against itself, similar to the Blue-Gold Game of the human football team. This year’s Robot Football Blue-Gold Game will take place on April 21 at 2:30pm in the Stepan Center.

ND Is On Top Once Again!

Posted on April, 10th, 2017

The 2016 Robotic Football Playoffs have concluded. The University of Notre Dame has won the championship, and the Brian Hederman Memorial Trophy! Here are the scores of the games:

  • Semifinal 1: Notre Dame beat Purdue-Kokomo 28-13
  • Semifinal 2: Valparaiso beat Ohio Northern 38-7
  • Consolation: Purdue-Kokomo beat Ohio Northern 39-16
  • Championship: Notre Dame beat Valparaiso 57-15

All four games were very exciting and all the teams played very well. Unlike the past, there was very little passing, which is why the scores were much lower. Notre Dame dominated the running game thanks to great running back - blocker chemistry. Irish defense also performed very well together, almost entirely eliminating the run game for other teams and keeping them to a very low score. The entire tournament can be watched here.

Reddit AMA and Playoff Live Stream

Posted on April 6th, 2017

The Notre Dame Robotic Football Team will be doing an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit at 2pm ET Thursday April 6. Click here to access the subreddit!

The National Championships are this Saturday, April 8th, and will be streamed live. The entire tournament can be watched live here!


Posted on April 3rd, 2017

The Robotic Football National Championship is set for April 8th, 2017. The matches are:

  • (2) Notre Dame vs. (3) Purdue-Kokomo
  • @ 10:00 AM
  • (1) Valparaiso vs. (4) Ohio Northern
  • @ 11:00 AM

There will also be a STEM faire running from 9:00am-12:45pm. The National Championships will be streamed live, and can be watched here!

2017 Combine

Posted on March 25th, 2017

Only 4 schools competed in this year's Robotic Football Combine: Notre Dame, Valparaiso, Purdue-Kokomo, and Mount Union. Purdue-Kokomo was crowned overall champion after a great demonstration of engineering skill. They won every event except two, one of which they tied. The seeding for the playoffs are as follows:

  • 1st: Valparaiso
  • 2nd: Purdue-Kokomo
  • 3rd: Notre Dame
  • 4th: Ohio Northern
More specifics of the combine can be found on the Current Season page!

ND Engineering Students Visit Madison Primary Center

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2017

Several Notre Dame students visited Madison Primary Center in South Bend on Tuesday to inspire them to love technology. Read this article on the WNDU website.

Robotic Football - Spring 2017

Posted on February 1st, 2017

The schedule for the spring has been set! The events include:

  • Combine - March 25th at Notre Dame
  • Playoffs - April 8th at Valparaiso
  • Blue-Gold Game - April 21st at Notre Dame
More information can be found on the Current Season page!

Robotic Football 2016

Posted on November 17th, 2016

Interested in robotic football? Check out this great video about the innovative sport, with footage from the 2016 playoffs!

Now that you've watched the video, are you interested in starting a team? The good news is that anyone is able to build their own team and compete! Head on over to Getting Started for more information on where to begin.

Conclusion of 2016 Playoffs

Posted on April, 17th, 2016

The 2016 Robotic Football Playoffs have concluded, and Valparaiso University has won the championship, and the Brian Hederman Memorial Trophy! Here is a brief summary of the games:

  • Preliminary: Notre Dame beat Purdue-Kokomo 36-31
  • Preliminary: Valparaiso beat Ohio Northern 100-31
  • Consolation: Purdue-Kokomo beat Ohio Northern 61-42
  • Championship: Valparaiso beat Notre Dame 81-16

All four games were very exciting and all four teams played great. Valparaiso's huge victories were due to the outstanding performance of their quarterback/wide-receiver system, where they racked up big points on passes, in addition to touchdowns.

Details About Playoffs Finalized!

Posted on April, 5th, 2016

Note: read about the 2016 Combine results here!

The Robotic Football Playoffs are a go! All games are free of charge and open to the public, with all four games played on April 15th in Stepan Center. The four competing teams are:

  • Notre Dame's Fightin' iBots
  • Valparaiso's Crusaders
  • Ohio Northern's Polar Bears
  • Purdue's Kokomo Boilermakers

ND will play Purdue in the morning at 10:00 am, and ONU versus Valpo will happen at 11:00 am. The losing teams of those games play in the afternoon at 3:00 pm for 3rd and 4th place. The winning teams of the morning games will play for the robotic football championship at 7:00 pm! You can see the full set of game rules here.

After the game, anyone interested in robotics is welcome to come onto the field to have hands-on interaction with the robots (under the supervision of the robotic football teams). See you there!

ND Team to Demo with Mike Golic on ND Day

Posted on March, 16th, 2016

The Notre Dame Robotic Football Team members will demo the robots and their technology at 11:00 pm, April 24th, to Mike Golic of "Mike & Mike." It is an honor to be selected to be interviewed during Notre Dame Day, and we are very excited!

ND Day is an opportunity for people to show their support for various orginzations and clubs throughout the university. This is done through the generosity of donations and votes subsequently cast, each for a specific group on campus. We welcome and are truly thankful for any donations to Robotic Football!

ND Team Demos Robots to Young Students

Posted on February, 26th, 2016

Students in South Bend schools are learning about engineering this week.

On Tuesday, students at Madison Primary Center learned about several Notre Dame engineering projects and clubs including the Notre Dame Rocket Team, ChemE Car, and Robotic Football.

Read more and watch the clip that was on TV here.

Combine and Next Game Scheduled!

Posted on February, 16th, 2016

Two important events have been scheduled for this spring:

2016 Intercollegiate Robot Football Combine:   April 2nd

See the full anouncement and rules here.

First game of Robot Football Playoffs:   April 15th

See the full set of game rules here.

Robots on the Rise

Posted on December 10th, 2015

Check out this article about how robots are steadily becoming an everyday part of life, with some discussion about Robotic Football!

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Notre Dame Loses to Valparaiso in Exhibition

Posted on September 28th, 2015

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish traveled to Valparaiso, Indiana, to play the Valparaiso University Crusaders for an exhibition game. This is the first time these two teams played each other! Notre Dame had some great plays, including the first completed fully-automatic pass in Robotic Football History! Fully-automatic requires that the quarterback autonomously determines the angle of the wide receiver and its relative distance when throwing the football to it. In the end, Notre Dame lost 42 to 86.

Engineering students demo robotic football to fans before Texas game

Posted on September 6th, 2015

Members from the team had a small presentation of what Robotic Football is all about, with a few of our robots!

ND to Play Valpo in Exhibition Match

Posted on August 7th, 2015

Our team has accepted to play Valparaiso's team in an exhibition match at their place on September 20th, 2015!

This is the first time the two teams will play each other. Valparaiso has recently constructed a full team and completed their first game against Purdue Kokomo. Valparaiso also just won the 2014-2015 Combine.

Check out the official flier here.

ND Defeats ONU 26 to 16

Posted on July 15th, 2015

The Notre Dame Robotic Football Team has defeated ONU in the big game of the 2014-2015 season.

Learn more about what happened at the game here.

ND Robotics featured in 'House of Robots'

Posted on July 15th, 2015

Some of James Patterson's new book talks about the robotics here at Notre Dame!

Check out the full article here.

Dr. Schmiedeler interviewed by ASEE TV (2013)

Posted on July 15th, 2015

ASEE TV talks to one of the coordinators of Tuesday's Robot Football competition, Dr. Jim Schmiedeler, Associate Professor at The University of Notre Dame. Dr. Schmiedeler also talks about the innovative WeHab system, all at the ASEE Conference in 2013.

Learn more about the WeHab system here.