Futsal in Iran
Iran has a strong national futsal team, which has won all the editions of Asian Futsal Championship except one. Iran's nationwide Futsal Super League is considered as the strongest futsal league in Asia and currently Iran's Shensa FSC holds the continent's Futsal Club Championship title.
Iran has some of the best futsal players in the continent and also in the world including Vahid Shamsaee, world's top international futsal scorer with over 330 goals scored so far.
Futsal teams in Iran partly enjoy their success due to the style of soccer played outside, Gol Koochik, which means small goal. The goal is approximately 100x60 cm in size and the ball is light-weight. This is the kind of soccer many Iranians play. Great dribbling skills are needed and players need to learn to maneuver the ball quickly.
Iran national futsal team's first international match was on 2 May 1992 in a 19–6 victory against Kuwait national futsal team. The Iran men's national team is regarded as one of the teams in the world of futsal and are currently ranked fifth in the FIFA rankings. Iran has appeared in the FIFA Futsal World Cup six times, with their best result being a semi–final appearance in 1992. Iran have also won the AFC Futsal Championship a record ten times and have reached the final of the Grand Prix de Futsal three times. Vahid Shamsaei is Iran and international futsal's record international goalscorer with 390 goals in 189 matches.
Iran has had a women's futsal team since 2001. The women's futsal team participated for the first time at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games finishing in fifth place. In 2013 Iran achieved their best ever result at the Asian Indoor Games, finishing as runner–up after a 2–1 loss to Japan in the final. In 2015 Iran won the inaugural AFC Women's Futsal Championship defeating Japan 1–0 in the final.
Notes and references
- "Iran was crowned inaugural champion of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship as it beat Japan 1-0 in a thrilling final on Saturday". Iran Daily. 26 September 2015. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015.
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