After two long years of pandemic, drone sports are growing as fast as ever with exciting initiatives springing up around the world. On the competition scene, pilots can once again compete at an international level, and the next FAI World Drone Racing Championship is planned for 2023.

Long live drone sports!

FAI World Drone Racing Championship

FAI has awarded the 2023 FAI World Drone Racing Championship to Korea. It is the biggest competition of its kind, offering an arena for the world’s best pilots to pit their skills against one another.

The Championship will take place from 6 to 9 October 2023 at the Chunhyangol Stadium in Namwon city, about two hours south of Seoul.

FAI Drone Racing World Cup

The FAI Drone Racing World Cup made a happy come-back in 2022.

MinJae Kim, a fourteen-year-old junior pilot from Korea, is the winner of this year’s edition with 114 points, followed by his fellow citizen junior Minseo Lee (91 pts), and Dimo Shterve of Bulgaria (88 pts).

A total of 171 pilots participated in eight contests organised in as many different countries. The number of juniors is particularly striking (52), which proves once again how popular the sport is among youngsters. However, it is still largely represented by men, as shows the modest number of women (5).

Not surprisingly, the uncertainties around the pandemic caused a drop in the number of competitons and competitors in 2022, but 2023 is expected to see fast-rising figures once again. Stay tuned!

Drone Soccer

Drone Soccer is also on a high trend with new competition concepts being tested in various countries.

Its addition to the Sporting Code as a provisional class in May 2019 prepared the ground for official competitions, and 2023 will see the first FAI Open International competitions registered to the FAI Events Calendar.

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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

06 Oct
09 Oct 2023
2023 FAI World Drone Racing Championship
Namwon, Jeolla Province,

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

17 Jun
18 Jun 2023
2023 Trofeo Centenario Aeronautica Militare
Pratica di Mare (Roma),
24 Jun
25 Jun 2023
2023 Aichtal F9U
01 Jul
02 Jul 2023
2023 French Drone Racing World Cup
Charnay Les Mâcon,
15 Jul
16 Jul 2023
Bela Crkva,
22 Jul
2023 Gaelic GP Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela,
22 Jul
23 Jul 2023
2023 Drone Club Varna Cup
11 Aug
13 Aug 2023
2023 FAI Namwon Drone Race World Cup
25 Aug
27 Aug 2023
2023 Drone Racing World Cup Hungary
09 Sep
10 Sep 2023
2023 VI Trofeo Secchia F9U
Sassuolo (MO),
06 Oct
09 Oct 2023
2023 Korea Drone Soccer Open International Cup
07 Oct
08 Oct 2023
2023 Phoenix Drone Racing
26 Oct
27 Oct 2023
2023 American Drone Soccer Open International Cup
Dayton, OH,

FAI Drone Permission for Drone Racing