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

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

05 May
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07 May 2023
2023 FAI Drone Racing World Cup Silesia Poland
Chorzów,
POL
18 May
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20 May 2023
2023 FAI Korea Drone Race World Cup
Incheon City,
KOR
17 Jun
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18 Jun 2023
2023 "Trofeo del Centenario" Aeronautica Militare
Pratica di Mare (Roma),
ITA
24 Jun
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25 Jun 2023
2023 Aichtal F9U
Aichtal,
GER
01 Jul
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02 Jul 2023
2023 French Drone Racing World Cup
La Queue-en-Brie,
FRA
08 Jul
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09 Jul 2023
DXRacing
Bela Crkva,
SRB
11 Aug
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13 Aug 2023
2023 FAI Namwon Drone Race World Cup
Namwon,
KOR
09 Sep
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10 Sep 2023
2023 VI Trofeo Secchia F9U
Sassuolo (MO),
ITA
22 Sep
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24 Sep 2023
2023 Drone Racing World Cup Hungary
Zalaegerszeg,
HUN
07 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 Phoenix Drone Racing
Prilep,
MKD

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