Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF)
|President||Rolando Alarcón Ríos|
|Other key staff||Jaime Arroyave |
|Replaced||1 December 2002 as AMF|
|(founded)||25 July 1971 as FIFUSA|
The Asociación Mundial de Futsal (World Futsal Association — AMF) is the governing global body of futsal (football of salon [futsalon], in Spanish: fútbol de salón [microfutbol]), and is headquartered in Asuncion, Paraguay. It was founded on 25 July 1971 as the International Futsal Federation (FIFUSA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; on 1 December 2002, the organization was replaced, 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 registered the word futsal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain). In the 1990s, 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 at 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 holding its fourth World Championship.
AMF has 58 national federations and seven continental federations.
The AMF is one of the few global sports organizations that allow teams which are not from 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 avoid the AMF in support of FIFA fútsal.
|Confédération Africaine de Futsal (CAFUSA)||Africa|
|Confederation of Asian Futsal (CAFS)||Asia|
|Futsal European Federation (FEF)||Europe|
|Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Futsal (CONCACFUTSAL)||North America, Central America and Caribbean|
|Oceania Futsal Confederation (OFC)||Oceania|
|Confederación Panamericana de Futsal (CPFS/PANAFUTSAL)||South America|
|Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol de Salão (CSFS)||South America|
The AMF and its respective confederations organize futsal tournaments around the world which predate the respective tournaments organised by FIFA and its confederations. The AMF Futsal World Cup, which was first staged in 1982, is held every four years.
- AMF Futsal World Cup
- UEFS Futsal Men's Championship
- UEFS Futsal Women's Championship
- Futsal (fútbol de salón, microfutbol, football sala, futsalon, calcio a 5 indoor.)
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