FIFA Futsal World Cup

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FIFA Futsal World Cup
Founded 1989
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 24
Current champions  Brazil (5th title)
Most successful team(s)  Brazil (5 titles)
Website World Cup
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup

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

The world championship tournament is held every four years, on the even year between two FIFA 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. Through the 2008 World Cup, only two countries have taken the Futsal World Cup. Brazil winning the first three, defeating the host Spaniards in 1996 to win their third title, followed by Spain winning the next two, defeating Brazil in 2000, then Italy in 2004 in the first Futsal World Championship final that didn't feature Brazil. 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.

All events prior to the 2008 World Cup has been 16-team events. The first event featured 6 from Europe, 3 from South America, two from Africa, two from Asia, two from North and Central America, and one from Oceania. By 2004, the breakdown was Europe 5 teams, Asia 4 (including the hosts, competing as Chinese Taipei), South America 3, North and Central America 2, Africa and Oceania one each. The 2012 event included 24 teams, making it the largest group.

The 2012 edition of the event 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.

Results[edit]

Summaries[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1989
Details
 Netherlands
Brazil
2 – 1
Netherlands

United States
3 – 2 a.e.t.
Belgium
16
1992
Details
 Hong Kong
Brazil
4 – 1
United States

Spain
9 – 6
Iran
16
1996
Details
 Spain
Brazil
6 – 4
Spain

Russia
3 – 2
Ukraine
16
2000
Details
 Guatemala
Spain
4 – 3
Brazil

Portugal
4 – 2
Russia
16
2004
Details
 Chinese Taipei
Spain
2 – 1
Italy

Brazil
7 – 4
Argentina
16
2008
Details
 Brazil
Brazil
2 – 2 a.e.t.

(4 – 3 Pen.)


Spain

Italy
2 – 1
Russia
20
2012
Details
 Thailand
Brazil
3 – 2 a.e.t.
Spain

Italy
3 – 0
Colombia
24
2016
Details
 Colombia TBD TBD 24

Medal table[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Top 4
finishes
 Brazil 5 (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008*, 2012) 1 (2000) 1 (2004) 0 7
 Spain 2 (2000, 2004) 3 (1996*, 2008, 2012) 1 (1992) 0 6
 Italy 0 1 (2004) 2 (2008, 2012) 0 3
 United States 0 1 (1992) 1 (1989) 0 2
 Netherlands 0 1 (1989*) 0 0 1
 Russia 0 0 1 (1996) 2 (2000, 2008) 3
 Portugal 0 0 1 (2000) 0 1
 Belgium 0 0 0 1 (1989) 1
 Iran 0 0 0 1 (1992) 1
 Ukraine 0 0 0 1 (1996) 1
 Argentina 0 0 0 1 (2004) 1
 Colombia 0 0 0 1 (2012) 1
* = hosts

Participating nations[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R2 — Round 2 (1989–2008, second group stage, top 8; 2012–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Hosts
Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
Years
 Algeria R1 1
 Argentina R2 R2 R1 R2 4th R2 QF 7
 Australia R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 6
 Belgium 4th R2 R2 3
 Brazil 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 7
 Canada R1 1
 China R1 R1 R1 3
 Chinese Taipei R1 1
 Colombia 4th 1
 Costa Rica R1 R1 R1 3
 Croatia R2 1
 Cuba R1 R1 R1 R1 4
 Czech Republic R2 R1 R2 3
 Denmark R1 1
 Egypt R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 5
 Guatemala R1 R1 R1 3
 Hong Kong R1 1
 Hungary R2 1
 Iran 4th R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 6
 Italy R2 R1 R2 2nd 3rd 3rd 6
 Japan R1 R1 R1 R2 4
 Kazakhstan R1 1
 Kuwait R1 1
 Libya R1 R1 2
 Malaysia R1 1
 Mexico R1 1
 Morocco R1 1
 Netherlands 2nd R2 R2 R2 4
 Nigeria R1 1
 Panama R2 1
 Paraguay R2 R1 R1 R2 R2 5
 Poland R2 1
 Portugal 3rd R2 R1 QF 4
 Russia R1 3rd 4th 4th QF 5
 Saudi Arabia R1 1
 Serbia R2 1
 Solomon Islands R1 R1 2
 Spain R1 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 7
 Thailand R1 R1 R1 R2 4
 United States 3rd 2nd R1 R2 R1 5
 Ukraine 4th R2 R2 QF 4
 Uruguay R2 R1 R1 3
 Zimbabwe R1 1
Nations 16 16 16 16 16 20 24

Goal scoring leaders[edit]

All-time[edit]

Rank Name Country Goals Matches Tournaments Played In Goals per Match
1 Manoel Tobías  Brazil 43 32 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 1.34
2 Falcão  Brazil 34 25 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 1.36
3 Konstantin Eremenko  Russia 28 18 1992, 1996, 2000 1.55
4 Schumacher  Brazil 25 25 2000, 2004, 2008 1
5 Saeid Rajabi  Iran 16 8 1992 2
6 Pula  Russia 16 9 2008 1.77
7 Índio  Brazil 15 16 2000, 2008 0.93
8 Daniel  Spain 14 15 2000, 2008 0.93

Individual tournament[edit]

Year Player Goals
1989 Hungary László Zsadányi 7
1992 Iran Saeid Rajabi 16
1996 Brazil Manoel Tobías 14
2000 Brazil Manoel Tobías 19
2004 Brazil Falcão 13
2008 Russia Pula 16
2012 Russia Eder Lima 9

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