Asociación Mundial de Fútbol de Salón
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|Asociación Mundial de Futsal (World Futsal Association)
|Founded||December 1, 2002 as AMF in Asuncion|
|President||Juan Rolando Alarcon Rios|
Namdev Shirgaonkar Sampat
Alberto Agüero (treasurer)
Mario Giménez (director)
Juan Probao (director)
Gina Anjos (director adjunct)
|Secretary||Pedro Ramón Bonnettini|
|(founded)||July 25, 1971 as FIFUSA in Rio de Janeiro|
The Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF) (English: "World Futsal Association) is the governing body of futsal. It was original founded on July 25, 1971 as the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA) (English: International Futsal Federation) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On December 1, 2002 the organisation changed its name to Asociación Mundial de Futsal.
- See also Futsal#History
Futsal started in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani created a version of indoor football for recreation in YMCAs. In 1965 the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol de Salon (South American Futsal Confederation) was formed, consisting of Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
The sport began to spread across South America, and its popularity ensured that a governing body was formed under the name of FIFUSA (Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón) in 1971, comprising Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay, along with the World Championships. The first FIFUSA World Championships were held in São Paulo, with hosts Brazil crowned champions ahead of Paraguay and Uruguay. Even more countries participated in the second World Championships held in Madrid in 1985.
Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain). In the 90s, FIFA wanted to promote and spread its own version of indoor football, different from the original one played in the South American Countries but didn't manage to find an agreement with FIFUSA in the Rio de Janeiro Congress in 1989. In 2000, there was an attempt to repair the situation in Guatemala, while FIFA was celebrating in this Country its fifth World Championship.
In 2002 FIFUSA was reorganised into AMF.
At the present time, AMF counts 40 national federations and 5 continental federations.
The following confederations are affiliated to AMF:
|South America||Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol de Salão (CSFS)|
|South America||Confederación Panamericana de Futsal (CPFS/PANAFUTSAL)|
|North & Central America||Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Futsal (CONCACFUTSAL)|
|Europe||European Union of Futsal (UEFS)|
|Asia||Confederation of Asian Futsal (CAFS)|
|Africa||Confédération Africaine de Futsal (CAFUSA)|
|Oceania||Confederation Futsal of Oceania (CFSO)|
The AMF and its respective confederations organise futsal tournaments around the world which predate the respective tournaments organised by FIFA and its confederations. The AMF Futsal World Cup is held every 4 years.
The AMF is one of the few global sports organizations that allows teams which are not from an officially recognized states, such as Abkhazia, Kosovo and South Ossetia, or the Spanish regions of Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia. As a result of this, several big players continue to boycott the AMF in support of FIFA Futsal, including Spain, the World number two FIFA Futsal team, according to the ELO-based rankings.
- AMF Futsal World Cup
- FIFA Futsal World Cup
- UEFS Futsal Men's Championship
- UEFS Futsal Women's Championship
- European Union of Futsal