Introduction: Soccer Penalty Kicks Game With Wiring and Arduino

This is an interactive electro-mechanical game situated between electronics and the real world, making you part of the action. You save goals using a control device and kick the ball with your fingers.

The more players the better (we have played 8 people!). The video above shows the construction phase of the project and several sample penalty kicks. The project involves a variety of electronic components such as:

I'll describe the main parts of the game. Please leave a comment if you want more details on a particular step or any detail at all from non-described parts. I'm not an expert on electronics, but I'm aware of several improvements for the game, please be gentle if you want to suggest me one ;)

Step 1: Game Controller

Picture of Game Controller

We will use the game controller while playing the game to decide to where and when to move the goalkeeper. To build it we need LEDs, push buttons, capacitors, resistors, and a 74HC595 Shift Register. This was one of the toughest parts to make, but after some attempts it works very well.

Step 2: Move the Goalkeeper (horizontal and Rotational Movements)

Picture of Move the Goalkeeper (horizontal and Rotational Movements)

The goalkeeper will have 3 movements, here we'll see the first two. Rotational movement will allow the goalkeeper to save low balls with his hands, whereas the horizontal one allows him to reach the vertical goalposts.

We need a micro gearmotor, a servo, some rope, a pulley system, and some kind of toy car.

See Step 4 for the circuit.

Step 3: Move the Goalkeeper (vertical Movement)

Picture of Move the Goalkeeper (vertical Movement)

To make the goalkeeper jump we use two servos and a wood made structure with pulleys.

Step 4: Main Circuit

Picture of Main Circuit

Here we connect the control device with circuits for goalkeeper movements as well as with a power source. In the diagram, you can see the electronic components employed.

You can have a look at the source code of the game at: https://github.com/gacarrillor/electronics/blob/m...

Step 5: Assembling All Together

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At this point, we have the main mechanism working. Now we need to work on how players will use it and interact with it.

We use wood agglomerate (MDF) for the game structure. All 8 boards are 1.5cm thick with these other dimensions:

  • 62cm x 15cm: Support for the grandstand
  • 62cm x 55cm: Support for the artificial grass
  • 65cm x 70cm: Base of the structure
  • 15cm x 70cm (2 of these): Lateral inner boards
  • 22cm x 70cm (2 of these): Lateral outer boards
  • 59cm x 15cm: Front board of the box (seen from the kicker player's perspective)

Between the first 2 boards we opened a little rectangular hole to let the base of the goalkeeper move.

We also used artificial grass; curtain rod and net for the goal itself; and a switch and a potentiometer to control game modes: 1) Control device or 2) manually resetting the goalkeeper to the initial position.

Step 6: Whistle

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Yes, we need some signal to let both players (goalkeeper and kicker) know when exactly to start the action. We use both audio and light signals to indicate it.

Hear the whistle here:

To build the whistle we use:

  • ATtiny85
  • Piezo speaker
  • RGB LED
  • Capacitor (10µF)
  • Resistors (3x330Ω, 1x10KΩ)
  • Push button
  • Batteries (2xCR2016)

You can have a look at the source code of the whistle at https://github.com/gacarrillor/electronics/blob/m...

Step 7: Accessories

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Finally, we add some accessories to the game in order to count goals, catch the ball after each penalty kick, let others know which teams are involved, fill the grandstands with people, and let the trophy visible, among other details.

Step 8: We're Ready! Are You?

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Here are some links of interest:

Comments

NikosD2 (author)2015-11-23

Hello brother. We have a similar project for our class but we must make the goalkeeper save the goals automatically ..not manually. Any ideas how we can do this;

germap (author)NikosD22015-11-23

Hi NikosD2, to be honest with you I have no idea. However, have a look at this development to have some clue of what technologies could be used for such project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmGJQUmEShE Good luck!

manu642 (author)2015-11-04

¡Muchas gracias! ... ¿Me podrias Indicar como va La Conexión de Todos los leds ... Es Que No Se Logra ver muy bien en la imagen...

¿Podrias mandarme una imagen desde otra perspectiva?

germap (author)manu6422015-11-11

Te subí los archivos Fritzing. Ve a la página de Fritzing, baja e instala el programa y abre los archivos. Allí puedes ver la conexión de cada LED en detalle, incluso puedes seleccionar cada ledy ver sus conexiones.

drouleau (author)2015-11-07

Well done and well decorated! It also looks like it is a lot of fun to play judging from some younger player's reaction. Bravo.

germap (author)drouleau2015-11-08

Thanks for your comment drouleau! Kids certainly enjoy it, but I must admit we adults also have fun. Soccer penalties are thrilling and this game preserves such emotion. Regards!

manu642 (author)2015-11-04

¡Muchas gracias! ... ¿Me podrias Indicar como va La Conexión de Todos los llevo de al Registro de Desplazamiento? ... Es Que No Se Logra ver muy bien en la imagen

manu642 (author)2015-11-02

¿Cómo se llama el integrado que va conectado al motorreductor?

germap (author)manu6422015-11-02

Es un circuito H-Bridge, la referencia es L293D: http://www.rakeshmondal.info/L293D-Motor-Driver Te permite girar el motor en ambas direcciones.

manu642 (author)germap2015-11-02

¡Muchas gracias!... ¿Me podrías indicar como va la conexión de todos los led's al registro de desplazamiento?... es que no se logra ver muy bien en la imagen

germap (author)manu6422015-11-03

Las imágenes de los circuitos las tienes disponibles en su tamaño original en: http://bit.ly/1H5rVHB y en http://bit.ly/1Onbp8h En todo caso, he puesto enlaces a los archivos Fritzing en el paso 8 por si los necesitas. ¡Saludos!

chazkapow (author)2015-10-15

great build, nicely finished and looks fun to boot.

germap (author)chazkapow2015-10-15

Thanks chazkapow! Both are fun: to kick the ball and save goals :D

seamster (author)2015-10-13

This is such a neat idea! I love homemade games like this. So cool, and so much fun!

Thank you for sharing the details of how you made this!

germap (author)seamster2015-10-13

Glad you like it! Thanks for the comment.

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