Guatemala national futsal team

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Guatemala
Nickname(s) La Azul y Blanco
Los Chapines
La Bicolor
La Furia Azul
Association Federación Nacional de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Tomas De Dios Lopez  Spain
Home stadium Domo Polideportivo
FIFA code GUA
FIFA ranking 27 (13 July 2016) [1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Guatemala 2–8 Mexico 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; August 30, 1996)
Biggest win
 Guatemala 13–2 Nicaragua 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; January 27, 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Guatemala 2–29 Brazil 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; November 23, 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 2000)
Best result First round, (2000, 2008, 2012, 2016)
CONCACAF Futsal Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result Med 1.png Champions, (2008)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2009)
Best result 4th place, (2009)
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances 6 (First in 2009)
Best result 4th place, (2014)

The Guatemala national futsal team represents Guatemala in international futsal competitions, such as the World Cup and the CONCACAF Championships, and is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol. In March 2015, the Futsal league, as well as the federation, formed their own body headed by Gerardo Paiz as head of Guatemalan Futsal. Paiz has provided Guatemala with many victories and titles in the last decade. Many believe that his leadership and isolation from the Federación Nacional de Fútbol, a group that most Guatemalans associate with corruption, has benefited futsal in the country.

The Guatemalan futsal team was the host team of the FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2000 when it was held in Guatemala. It was the 4th Futsal World Cup held under FIFA. This world event launched the national squad and is seen as what catapulted Guatemala in the sport.

The Guatemalan team has participated in four FIFA Futsal World Cups.

World Cup Brazil 2008 Cycle

Guatemala was the CONCACAF champion in 2008. Their home games are held in the Domo Polideportivo in Zone 13 in Guatemala City. Their best match was a 10–1 victory over China at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup. Currently, the squad is ranked 27th in the world, 7th in the American continent and 3rd in CONCACAF. In late February, it was announced that Spaniard and experienced Tomas De Dios Lopez would become the new national head coach. Days later, in a press conference, the news were made official as well as a new kit deal with Joma that replaced Umbro. The Spaniard has a contract until the end of the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia.

Tournaments[edit]

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

  • 1989 - did not enter
  • 1992 - did not enter
  • 1996 - did not enter
  • 2000 - 1st round (host)
  • 2004 - did not enter
  • 2008 - 1st round
  • 2012 - 1st round
  • 2016 - 1st round

CONCACAF Futsal Championship[edit]

  • 1996 - 4th place (host)
  • 2000 - did not qualify
  • 2004 - did not enter
  • 2008 - Gold medal icon.svg Champions (host)
  • 2012 - Silver medal icon.svg 2nd place (host)
  • 2016 - Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd place

Grand Prix de Futsal[edit]

  • 2005did not enter
  • 2006did not enter
  • 2007did not enter
  • 2008did not enter
  • 2009 – 7th place
  • 2010 – 11th place
  • 2011 – 5th place
  • 2013 – 6th place
  • 2014 – 4th place
  • 2015 – 6th place
  • 2016TBD

Futsal Confederations Cup[edit]

  • 2009 – 4th place
  • 2013did not enter
  • 2014 – 8th place

Futsal at the Pan American Games[edit]

  • 2007 – 7th place

References[edit]

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