FIFA Futsal World Cup

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FIFA Futsal World Cup
Founded1989;30 years ago (1989)
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams24
Current championsFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
(5 titles)
Website World Cup
Soccerball current event.svg 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup

The FIFA Futsal World Cup is the international championship for futsal, the indoor version of association football organized by FIFA.

Futsal Ballgame-team sport, variant of association football

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.


The world championship tournament is held every four years, on the even year between two football World Cups. The first event was held in 1989, the year FIFA became the world governing body of futsal. It was held in the Netherlands to commemorate the popularity of the game there. Up until the 2016 World Cup, only two countries had won the Futsal World Cup: Brazil five times and Spain twice. Brazil is the only team that has never been eliminated in the group stage. In 2008 Brazil became the first host country to win the Championship beating Spain in a penalty shootout. Brazil also won the 2012 competition, defeating Spain. In 2016, Argentina became the third country to win the Futsal World Cup.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship was held in the Netherlands and won by Brazil. It was the first world championship held under the aegis of football's world governing body.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba—it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

All events prior to the 2008 World Cup have been 16-team events. The first event featured 6 teams from Europe, 3 from South America, 2 from Africa, 2 from Asia, 2 from North and Central America, and 1 from Oceania.

UEFA international sport governing body

The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

CONMEBOL governing body of association football in South America

The South American Football Confederation is the continental governing body of football in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.

Confederation of African Football governing body of association football in Africa

The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.

The 2012 event included 24 teams, making it the largest group yet. This edition featured a six group round-robin tournament, with four teams in each group. The top two teams in each group, together with the 4 highest-ranked third-place finishers, advanced to a sixteen team knockout final series. The 2016 event kept the same format.

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

Single-elimination tournament knock-out sports competition

A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion. Each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings; for example, a third place playoff between losing semi-finalists. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, and sometimes more than one progressing to the next round. Some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs.


#YearHostChampionsScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth placeNumber of teams
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
2–1Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg  Hong Kong Flag of Brazil.svg
4–1Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Spain.svg
9–6Flag of Iran.svg
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Brazil.svg
6–4Flag of Spain.svg
Flag of Russia.svg
3–2Flag of Ukraine.svg
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Flag of Spain.svg
4–3Flag of Brazil.svg
Flag of Portugal.svg
4–2Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei Flag of Spain.svg
2–1Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Flag of Brazil.svg
7–4Flag of Argentina.svg
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
2–2 (a.e.t.)
4–3 (pen)
Flag of Spain.svg
Flag of Italy.svg
2–1Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Flag of Brazil.svg
3–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Spain.svg
Flag of Italy.svg
3–0Flag of Colombia.svg
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Flag of Argentina.svg
5–4Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Iran.svg
4–3 (pen)
Flag of Portugal.svg
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania TBDTBD24

Teams reaching the top four

TeamTitlesRunners-upThird placeFourth placeTotal (Top 4)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 5 (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008*, 2012)1 (2000)1 (2004)7
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2 (2000, 2004)3 (1996*, 2008, 2012)1 (1992)6
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1 (2016)1 (2004)2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1 (2004)2 (2008, 2012)3
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1 (2016)1 (1996)2 (2000, 2008)4
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1 (1992)1 (1989)2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1 (1989)*1
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1 (2016)1 (1992)2
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1 (2000)1 (2016)2
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1 (1989)1
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1 (2012)1
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1 (1996)1

(*) Host

Medal summary

1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 5117
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2316
3Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1001
4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0123
5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 0112
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 0112
7Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0101
8Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 0011
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 0011
Totals (9 nations)88824

Results by confederation

Total times teams played by confederation
Top 16*8352204280
Top 81201202236
Top 42021001832
Top 200170917

Participating nations

All-time table

1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 860516340093+307159
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8564457241109+132137
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 7432731315396+5784
4Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 84825617136116+2081
5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 64023413220108+11273
6Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 530174910064+3655
7Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 73516613118116+254
8Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 5301451110581+2447
9Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 42612597676041
10Flag of the United States.svg  United States 529124138986+340
11Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 628105139388+535
12Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 32010285651+532
13Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 6251001590101-1127
14Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 3145182942-2316
15Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2114342725+215
16Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 51850134586-4115
17Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 3134183039-913
18Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 721411634118-8413
19Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 4104063264-3212
20Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4143293463-2911
21Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 493193264-3210
22Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 163031815+39
23Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 162222317+68
24Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 152122518+77
25Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 14211137+67
26Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 162041522-76
27Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 272052331-86
28Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 272052045-256
29Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 131111210+24
30Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 131027703
31 Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg Hong Kong 131027703
32Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 13102813-53
33Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 14103518-133
34Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 51310122491-673
35Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 31010918120-1023
36Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 13012511-61
37Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 270161036-261
38Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 13003715-80
39Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 13003413-90
40Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 13003314-110
41Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 13003517-120
42Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 13003722-150
43Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 260061129-180
44Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 13003424-200
45Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 13003427-230
46Chinese Taipei Football Flag on FIFA website.svg  Chinese Taipei 13003229-270
47Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 31000101566-510
48Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 100000000

Goal-scoring leaders


RankNameCountryGoalsMatchesTournamentsGoals per match
1 Falcão Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4833 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 1.45
2 Manoel Tobías Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4332 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 1.34
3 Konstantin Eremenko Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2818 1992, 1996, 2000 1.56
4 Schumacher Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2525 2000, 2004, 2008 1.00
5 Ricardinho Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2014 2008, 2012, 2016 1.43
6 Eder Lima Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1912 2012, 2016 1.58
7 Pula Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1814 2008, 2012 1.29
8 Saeid Rajabi Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 178 1992 2.13
9 Índio Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1516 2000, 2004 0.94
10 Daniel Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1415 2000, 2008 0.93

Individual tournament

1989 Flag of Hungary.svg  László Zsadányi  (HUN)7
1992 Flag of Iran.svg  Saeid Rajabi  (IRN)17
1996 Flag of Brazil.svg  Manoel Tobías  (BRA)14
2000 Flag of Brazil.svg  Manoel Tobías  (BRA)19
2004 Flag of Brazil.svg  Falcão  (BRA)13
2008 Flag of Russia.svg  Pula  (RUS)16
2012 Flag of Russia.svg  Eder Lima  (RUS)9
2016 Flag of Portugal.svg  Ricardinho  (POR)12


Golden Ball

The adidas Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament. It is selected by the media poll.

World CupGolden BallSilver BallBronze Ball
2008 Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Falcão Flag of Brazil.svg Schumacher Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago
2012 Thailand Flag of Brazil.svg Neto Flag of Spain.svg Kike Flag of Portugal.svg Ricardinho
2016 Colombia Flag of Argentina.svg Fernando Wilhelm Flag of Russia.svg Eder Lima Flag of Iran.svg Ahmad Esmaeilpour
2020 Lithuania TBDTBDTBD

Golden Shoe

The adidas Golden Shoe is awarded to the topscorer of the tournament. If more than one players are equal by same goals, the players will be selected based by the most assists during the tournament.

World CupGolden ShoeGoalsSilver ShoeGoalsBronze ShoeGoals
2008 Brazil Flag of Russia.svg Pula 16 Flag of Brazil.svg Falcão 15 Flag of Brazil.svg Lenísio 11
2012 Thailand Flag of Russia.svg Eder Lima 9 Flag of Italy.svg Rodolfo Fortino 8 Flag of Brazil.svg Fernandinho 7
2016 Colombia Flag of Portugal.svg Ricardinho 12 Flag of Russia.svg Eder Lima 10 Flag of Brazil.svg Falcão 10
2020 Lithuania TBDTBDTBD

Golden Glove

The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

World CupGolden Glove
2008 Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago
2012 Thailand Flag of Italy.svg Stefano Mammarella
2016 Colombia Flag of Argentina.svg Nicolás Sarmiento
2020 Lithuania TBD

Goal of the Tournament

Goal of the Tournament is awarded to the best goal of the tournament.

TournamentGoal of the Tournament
2008 Brazil Flag of Guatemala.svg José Rafael Gonzalez
2012 Thailand Flag of Thailand.svg Suphawut Thueanklang
2016 Colombia Flag of Thailand.svg Suphawut Thueanklang
2020 Lithuania TBD

FIFA Fair Play Award

FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team who has the best fair play record during the tournament with the criteria set by FIFA Fair Play Committee.

TournamentFIFA Fair Play Award
2008 Brazil Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
2012 Thailand Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2016 Colombia Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam
2020 Lithuania

See also

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The Futsal Confederations Cup is a futsal tournament for national teams. It is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships, the winner of the FIFA Futsal World Cup and the host country.

The Women's Futsal World Tournament is an international competition for women's national futsal teams, similar in nature to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, although it is not sanctioned and organized by FIFA. The first edition took place in 2010 in Spain and was won by Brazil. The tournament has known no other winner besides Brazil, after victories in the following six editions.

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