As the world’s largest robot-focused competition, the event also had a special opening ceremony featuring robot technologies. REUTERS/Stringer A U.S. team cheer as they win against an Iranian team during the 2015 Robocup finals in Hefei, Anhui province, July 22, 2015. This category includes robots that stand at least four feet-tall, that must dribble down a field past various obstacles before trying to score against their opponent.

The RoboCup has been held annually since 1997, aiming at advancing the development of artificial intelligence.

An Australian university team has been crowned robot world cup champions at the 19th RoboCup games in China after their team of automatons battled its way to glory on the football field.

The robots are not human-controlled and play football in a manner resembling young children: swarming around the ball, kicking haphazardly and often falling over.

Ultimately, the competition aims to produce a team capable of taking on humans by 2050, something that Professor Daniel Polani from the University of Hertfordshire believes is possible.

The UK’s Bold Hearts had hoped to improve their ranking after coming second in their division at the 2014 competition in Brazil.

Harris reckoned the secret to his team’s success was speed.

There are also plenty of incidences of robots kicking each other, although as it isn’t deliberate there are no yellow or red cards at the championships.

To make the competition even more challenging, organisers have added an Astroturf surface this year, making it even easier for the robots to fall over, and are using a white ball, which will be more hard for the robots to see.

Of these contests, arguably the most interesting takes place in the Humanoid League.