Asociación Mundial de Fútbol de Salón

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Asociación Mundial de Futsal (World Futsal Association)
AMF
Logo-AMF-fra-w300px.png
Sport Futsal
Founded December 1, 2002 as AMF in Asuncion
Affiliation 58 countries
Headquarters Asuncion
Location Paraguay
President Juan Rolando Alarcon Rios
Chairman [1]
Jaime Arroyave
Namdev Shirgaonkar Sampat
Nakwalekwenale Doli
Antonio Cifuentes
Eduardo Jordi
Alberto Agüero (treasurer)
Mario Giménez (director)
Juan Probao (director)
Gina Anjos (director adjunct)
Gabriel Delmonte
Daniel Cerros
Manuel Sánchez
Secretary Pedro Ramón Bonnettini
(founded) July 25, 1971 as FIFUSA in Rio de Janeiro
Official website
www.amfutsal.com.py

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.[2]

History[edit]

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.

Members[edit]

Confederations[edit]

The following confederations are affiliated to AMF:

Continent Confederation
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)

Tournaments[edit]

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.

Controversy[edit]

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.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Authorities". AMF. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ "AMF Sets Up Committee to Study Laws of the Game". Futsal Online. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.futsalworldranking.be

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