FTC-Iowa: Current Season


On Sept. 18, 2021, FREIGHT FRENZY, Presented by Raytheon Technologies, will be revealed with the release of Game Manual Part 2 and Field Assembly Guides. These items can be found on the FIRST website for the Game Manuals Part 1 & 2 (Remote and Traditional Format). 

For more information about FIRST, presented by Qualcomm, please visit the FIRST website.


  • All teams are required to register with FIRST. This is the official way of registering with FIRST. If you need to change contact information, you can do when logged into the FIRST system.
  • Teams must also register with FTC-Iowa. Iowa registration information.

*Note: FIRST collects a registration fee of $275 per team. However, this registration fee stays at FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, NH. In order to cover our local (Iowa) costs, the FTC-Iowa program need to also charge a registration fee per team.*

COVID-19 Information

The goal for the 2021-2022 FTC Season is to have as many in-person events as possible. Modifications may need to be made - such as remote judging but in-person matches and pits - but the goal is to have as much in-person as possible.

Season Information

In Iowa, the number of FTC teams determines how many events are hosted and how many teams participate at those events. Below is a breakdown of the quantity of events and the size of each of those events

  100-119 competing teams 120-167 competing teams  168-200 teams
# League Tournaments (24-ish teams) 6 6 8
# Super Qualifier Tournaments (24 teams) 0 3 4
# Teams at Iowa Championship 24 24 48
# Competition fields at Iowa Championship 2 2 4

FTC-Iowa supports teams in Iowa and Nebraska. The number can be found on the FIRST website.

*Some teams have registered with FIRST, but due to other circumstances, they decided not to compete this season.

Playing Fair & Sharing Ideas

The current reality of the global pandemic has forced an adaptation in how FIRST Tech Challenge teams participate in events - FTC Remote Events. The events rely heavily on the teams to honestly represent their participation in Remote Events. We are relying on teams to do their own inspections and score their own matches in an honest and accurate manner. For more information about the Playing Fair & Sharing Ideas Program.

Virtual Pit Events

Learning by example is a critical way for FIRST teams to learn from each other. They investigate how other teams solved the same problems. Learning happens from teams seeing other approaches. This could be robot design and construction, team outreach examples, team marketing skills, and nearly every other facet of the FIRST experience.

Social interactions are important to students. Representing their team, making connections to other teams, and putting forth their best effort to be gracious professionals is a key part of FIRST. Personal interactions and hopefully positive reactions and validation create a stronger feeling of belonging and allegiance to the FIRST community.

For more information, check the information about the Virtual Pit Events.

Important Dates:

Sept. 18, 2021 - FREIGHT FRENZY game is revealed.

Oct. 2021 - Jan. 2022 - Meets (In-person or Remote)

  • League Meet Week #1: October 10-16, 2021
  • League Meet Week #2: October 17-23, 2021
  • League Meet Week #3: October 24-30, 2021
  • League Meet Week #4: October 31-Nov. 6, 2021
  • League Meet Week #5: November 7-13, 2021
  • League Meet Week #6: November 14-20, 2021
  • League Meet Week #7: November 21-27, 2021
  • League Meet Week #8: November 28-Dec. 4, 2021
  • League Meet Week #9: December 5-11, 2021

December-January, 2022* - League Championships 

League Tournaments

Date Location Capacity Super Qualifier
Sat., Jan. 8, 2022 TBD 27 teams TBD
Sat., Jan. 15, 2022 TBD 26 teams TBD
Sat., Jan. 22, 2022 TBD 26 teams TBD


Super Qualifiers: To be determined based on team registrations. 

TBD - FTC-Iowa Championship, for those teams who advance from the Super Qualifier.

*These events may be "remote" or "traditional" depending on the condition of the pandemic at the host location.