Asociación Mundial de Fútsal

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Asociación Mundial de Futsal (World Futsal Association)
Logo-AMF-fra-w300px.png
SportFutsal
AbbreviationAMF
HeadquartersAsunción, Paraguay
PresidentRolando Alarcón Ríos
SecretaryWilfrido Coffi
Other key staffJaime Arroyave

Kurt Hardvet
Namdev Shirgonkar
Abdel Morkhtar

Antonio Cifuentes
Replaced1 December 2002 as AMF
(founded)25 July 1971 as FIFUSA
Official website
[[1] www.amfutsal.com.py%20amfutsal.com.py]]

The Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF) (English: World Futsal Association, French: Association Mondiale de Futsal) is the governing body of futsal. It was founded on 25 July 1971 as the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA) (English: International Futsal Federation) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 1 December 2002, the organization changed its name to Asociación Mundial de Futsal.[1]

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 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.

In 2002, FIFUSA was reorganised into AMF.[2][3]

AMF has 58 national federations and seven continental federations.

AMF/FIFA[edit]

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 Futsal.

Confederations[edit]

Confederation Continent
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

Tournaments[edit]

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.

A women's world cup was first staged in 2008. In 2017 the Brazil women's team became the first non-host nation to win the world championship.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMF Sets Up Committee to Study Laws of the Game". Futsal Online. 9 July 2003.
  2. ^ "Futsal History". Confederation of Asian Futsal. 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Futsal – Past, Present & Future". Futsal.SE. 9 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Brazil triumphs in the 2017 AMF Futsal Women's World Cup; USA comes seventh". VAVEL. 27 November 2017.

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