A new event format called 'FAI World Drone Racing Championship' has been defined in order to be better attractive for media. The  FAI World Drone Racing Championship concept is based on a World Cup with two Series of events (Masters and Challenger), completed by the World Championship Grand Final at the end of the year.

Note: The 2018/2019 current ranking dated 1st Aril 2019 includes all 2018 World Cup events plus the Race Of Drones Oulu (code FIN) hold 12 March 2019 in Finland.

World Cup contests are considered as FAI second category events based on individual participation (no national team representing a NAC). Any person holding a valid FAI Sporting Licence or FAI Drone Permission can be eligible for the World Cup ranking.


The aim is to have a limited number of events per year in the Masters Series (3 to 4) organized on different continents (America, Asia, Europe, ...) with guarantee of a high quality level for the competition, production for TV live steaming and broadcasting and presence of a large public.

The top placed competitors in the current World Cup ranking (based on a sliding 12 months period) will be invited to participate to each Masters Series event. More bonus points for the World cup ranking will be allocated in each Masters World Cup event in order to encourage those competitors to participate.

In addition, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed competitors in a Masters Series event will be directly qualified to participate as individual competitors to the World Championship Grand Final.

Note: Click on the link in the 'Event' column to access FAI database information for the concerned Masters Series event.

Website and/or Facebook Code
FAI North American Drone Masters Hamburg, New-York (United States of America) 10-11 August   Masters USA
Jeju FAI World Drone Masters Jeju (Korea) 4-6 October   Masters KOR


Two Challenger World Cup contests may be organized every year for any country. For a country which extends over more than three time zones, one Challenger World Cup contest may be organized within each time zone of the country with a maximum of four events for the country.

There are actually 22 Challenger World Cup contests from 17 different countries registered in the FAI Calendar for 2019.

Note: Click on the link in the 'Event' column to access FAI database information for a specific contest.

Website and/or Facebook Code
Race Of Drones Oulu Oulu (Finland) 12 March https://rod.oulu.com/ FIN
MajFlaj Skopje (North Macedonia) 11-12 May http://majflaj.mk MKD-1
World Cup Drones FAI F9U El Yelmo El Yelmo, Andalucía (Spain) 31 May-2 June http://www.fiaelyelmo.com/drone-world-cup-el-yelmo-2019/ ESP-1
Seoul Drone Race World Cup Seoul (South-Korea) 1-2 June http://www.kfpvracing.com/ KOR-1
World Cup Latvia Drone Racing Cesis (Latvia) 15-16 June http://f9u.lv/ LAT
HellGate FPV Drone Cup Slovakia Levice (Slovakia) 6-7 July   SVK
Partouche Drone Race World Cup Forges-les-Eaux (France) 6-7 July https://www.senart-multirotor-racing.com/worldcup FRA-1
German Drone World Cup Nördlingen (Germany) 13-14 July https://team-noe.de/German-Drone-World-Cup-F9U/index.php/ GER-1
Grand Prix de France Drones Racing Landres (France) 13-14 July   FRA-2
Belgium FAI Drone Racing World Cup Gouy-lez-Pieton (Belgium) 20-21 July   BEL
Belarus Drone Racing World Cup Minsk (Belarus) 3-4 August   BLR
4th Mitteldeutscher FPV Race Cup Bitterfeld (Germany) 10-11 August   GER-2
Moscow Cup Moscow Region (Russia) 17-18 August   RUS
UK Drone Racing Open International Barkston Heath, Grantham (United Kingdom) 24-25 August www.bdra.uk GBR
F9U World Cup Italy Magreta di Sassuolo, Modena (Italy) 7-8 September   ITA
EPFL Drone Racing Cup Lausanne (Switzerland) 13-15 September   SUI
Mazovia Drone Racing Warsaw (Poland) 14-15 September   POL
Daegu Drone RaceWorld Cup Daegu City (South-Korea) 21-22 September   KOR-2
Lithuania Drone Racing World Cup Vilnius (Lithuania) 21-22 September   LTU
Pam Cup Plovdiv (Bulgaria) 21-22 September   BUL
Spanish Drone World Cup Seville (Spain) 4-6 October   ESP-2
Phoenix Drone Racing Prilep (North Macedonia) 12-13 October http://fpvphoenix.prilepcup.info/ MKD-2

Note: For any contest, all available documents (Bulletin -  FAI Jury Report - Official results) may be uploaded in the 'DOCUMENTS' section at the bottom of this page.