Iran national futsal team

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Iran
Nickname(s) Team Melli Futsal
(Persian: تیم ملی فوتسال ایران)
"The National Futsal Team"
Association FFIRI
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mohammad Nazemosharia
Captain Mohammad Taheri
Most caps Vahid Shamsaei
Top scorer Vahid Shamsaei (392 goals)
Home stadium Azadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA code IRN
FIFA ranking 6 (10 February 2018)[1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Iran 19–6 Kuwait 
(Hong Kong; 2 May 1992[2])
Biggest win
 Iran 36–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7 March 1999)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 8–1 Iran 
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 6 October 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1992)
Best result Med 3.png Third Place (1): 2016
AFC Futsal Championship
Appearances 15 (all) (First in 1999)
Best result Med 1.png Champions (12): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2018
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 2007)
Best result Med 1.png Champions (2): 2007, 2012
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2009)
Best result Med 1.png Champions (1): 2009
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances 7 (First in 2007)
Best result Med 2.png Runners-up (3): 2007, 2009, 2015

The Iran national futsal team represents Iran in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Futsal Commission of the Iranian Football Federation. The "Kings of Asian Futsal" are by far the strongest Asian team and one of the best teams in the world according to the Futsal World Ranking.

The Iranians are the regular participants of the FIFA Futsal World Cup reaching the third place in 2016 after eliminating the favorites, Brazil.[3] Iran have won the first Futsal Confederations Cup in 2009 and also reached the second place in the Grand Prix de Futsal known as Futsal Mini-World Cup in multiple editions.

Home stadium[edit]

Iran plays the home games at the Azadi Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 12,000 spectators.

A view of Azadi Indoor Stadium
Iran national futsal team plays against Brazil in a friendly match

Nicknames[edit]

The Iranian national team has received several nicknames by supporters and media. The most common one used to refer the team is "Team Melli", which literally means "The National Team".

Tournament records[edit]

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.
**Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil.
***Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Netherlands 1989 Did not enter
Hong Kong 1992 Fourth place 8 5 0 3 36 30 +6 15
Spain 1996 Round 1 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3
Guatemala 2000 Round 1 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3
Chinese Taipei 2004 Round 1 3 1 0 2 9 13 -4 3
Brazil 2008 Round 2 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14
Thailand 2012 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7
Colombia 2016 Third Place 7 2 3 2 22 24 -2 9
Total 7/8 35 16 6 13 118 116 +2 54

Asian Championship[edit]

Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Malaysia 1999 Champions 6 6 0 0 90 7 +83 18
Thailand 2000 Champions 6 6 0 0 56 10 +46 18
Iran 2001 Champions 7 7 0 0 97 13 +84 21
Indonesia 2002 Champions 6 6 0 0 61 7 +54 18
Iran 2003 Champions 6 6 0 0 60 13 +47 18
Macau 2004 Champions 7 7 0 0 81 12 +69 21
Vietnam 2005 Champions 8 6 1 1 58 15 +43 19
Uzbekistan 2006 Third place 5 4 0 1 46 12 +34 12
Japan 2007 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 9 +41 18
Thailand 2008 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 2 +46 18
Uzbekistan 2010 Champions 6 6 0 0 57 9 +48 18
United Arab Emirates 2012 Third place 6 5 0 1 45 9 +36 15
Vietnam 2014 Runners-up 6 5 1 0 52 8 +44 16
Uzbekistan 2016 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 4 +44 18
Chinese Taipei 2018 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 6 +44 18
Total 15/15 93 88 2 3 899 136 +763 266

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games[edit]

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Thailand 2005* Champions 5 5 0 0 41 3 +38 15
Macau 2007* Champions 7 7 0 0 73 12 +61 21
Vietnam 2009* Champions 5 4 1 0 64 7 +57 13
South Korea 2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 43 9 +34 15
Turkmenistan 2017 Champions 6 6 0 0 58 11 +47 18
Total 5/5 28 27 1 0 279 42 +237 82
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[4]

Grand Prix de Futsal[edit]

Grand Prix de Futsal record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Brazil 2005 Did not enter
Brazil 2006 Did not enter
Brazil 2007 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 19 17 +2 12
Brazil 2008 Did not enter
Brazil 2009 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 26 22 +4 13
Brazil 2010 Fourth place 6 3 1 2 24 15 +9 10
Brazil 2011 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 22 13 +9 12
Brazil 2013 Third place 5 2 1 2 15 16 -1 7
Brazil 2014 Third place 4 3 0 1 25 11 +14 9
Brazil 2015 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 23 8 +15 12
Brazil 2018 Did not enter
Total 7/11 38 24 3 11 154 102 +52 75

Confederations Cup[edit]

Confederations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Libya 2009 Champions 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12
Brazil 2013 Did not enter
Kuwait 2014 Did not qualify
Total 1/3 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12

West Asian Championship[edit]

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Iran 2007 Champions* 3 3 0 0 21 4 +17 9
Jordan 2009 Did not enter
Iran 2012 Champions 4 4 0 0 40 6 +34 12
Total 2/3 7 7 0 0 61 10 +51 21
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[5]


Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2017
11 March 2017 Azad university Arena, Shiraz  Iraq Friendly 3 – 2 W Ezati 10', Bandi Sadi 19', Talebi 37' Report
12 March 2017 Azad university Arena, Shiraz  Iraq Friendly 9 – 3 W Asgarikohan 3', Shajari 6' - 29', Ezati 8', Ahmadabbasi 12' - 15' - 19', Rafiepour 25', Amjad Kareem Hwede 30' o.g Report
3 April 2017 Sportskoj dvorani Osnovna škola Župa Dubrovačka, Župa dubrovačka  Croatia Friendly 2 – 4 L Shajari 28', Alighadr 40' Report
4 April 2017 Sportskoj dvorani Osnovna škola Župa Dubrovačka, Župa dubrovačka  Croatia Friendly 1 – 1 D Bahadori 8' Report
11 September 2017 Payambar Azam Arena, Tehran Iran University Futsal team Unofficial friendly 4 – 0 W Javid, Esmaeilpour, Ahmadi, Oladghobad Report
18 September 2017 (2017-09-18) Ice Palace Hall 2, Ashgabat  Tahiti 2017 Asian Indoor Games / Group stage 16 – 1 W Javid 16' - 27' - 30' - 36', Tavakoli 4' - 13' - 13', Esmaeilpour 8' - 10' - 17', Shajari 31' - 32', Ahmadabbasi 11', Hassanzadeh 33', Tayyebi 35', Ahmadi 39' Report
19 September 2017 (2017-09-19) Ice Palace Hall 2, Ashgabat  Jordan 2017 Asian Indoor Games / Group stage 7 – 3 W Javid 20' - 27' - 33', Esmaeilpour 3' - 22', Orouji 5', Tayyebi 16' Report
21 September 2017 (2017-09-21) Ice Palace Hall 2, Ashgabat  Kyrgyzstan 2017 Asian Indoor Games / Group stage 10 – 0 W Ahmadabbasi 9' - 11' - 18' - 23' - 32', Tavakoli 17' - 24' - 34', Dilshat 27' o.g, Esmaeilpour 39' Report
23 September 2017 (2017-09-23) Ice Palace Hall 1, Ashgabat  Thailand 2017 Asian Indoor Games / Quarter-finals 10 – 4 W Tayyebi 18' - 24' - 29', Sangsefidi 5', Orouji 12', Esmaeilpour 14', Hassanzadeh 18', Tavakoli 19', Oladghobad 28', Javid 29' Report
24 September 2017 (2017-09-24) Ice Palace Hall 1, Ashgabat  Afghanistan 2017 Asian Indoor Games / Semi-finals 8 – 2 W Javid 14' - 36' - 37', Esmaeilpour 4', Orouji 5', Tayyebi 8', Ahmadabbasi 12', Ahmadi 14' Report
26 September 2017 (2017-09-26) Ice Palace Hall 1, Ashgabat  Uzbekistan 2017 Asian Indoor Games / Finals 7 – 1 W Javid 4' - 9' - 32' - 36', Hassanzadeh 21' - 37', Ahmadi 31' Report
15 October 2017 (2017-10-15) Shahid Poursharifi, Tabriz  Afghanistan 2018 AFC Futsal Championship qualification 8 – 2 W Javid 2' - 18' - 28', Hassanzadeh 6' - 7' - 29', Talebi 15', Ahmadabbasi 19' Report
17 October 2017 (2017-10-17) Shahid Poursharifi, Tabriz  Tajikistan 2018 AFC Futsal Championship qualification 8 – 2 W Tavakoli 3' - 4', Orouji 6', Alighadr 17' - 18' - 31', Javid 18' - 18', Lotfi 19', Talebi 30', Ahmadabbasi 34', Hassanzadeh 39' Report
26 November 2017 (2017-11-26) Qamar Bani Hashem, Kermanshah Shahin Kermanshah Unofficial friendly 3 – 1 W Givili, Lotfi, Nematiyan Report
3 December 2017 (2017-12-03) 25 Aban Arena, Isfahan  Azerbaijan Isfahan 2017 3 – 3 D Hassanzadeh 3', Tayyebi 3', Shajari 39' Report
4 December 2017 (2017-12-04) 25 Aban Arena, Isfahan  Kazakhstan Isfahan 2017 2 – 1 W Tayyebi 4', Esmaeilpour 40' Report
6 December 2017 (2017-12-06) 25 Aban Arena, Isfahan  Russia Isfahan 2017 4 – 0 W Javid 19' - 29', Rafiepour 32', Shajari 38' Report
2018
14 January 2018 (2018-01-14) Handball Federation Arena, Tehran  Belarus Friendly 5 – 0 W Esmaeilpour 10', Orouji 15', Tavakoli 16', Hassanzadeh 30', Alighadr 33' Report
15 January 2018 (2018-01-15) Handball Federation Arena, Tehran  Belarus Friendly 2 – 1 W Esmaeilpour 8', Hassanzadeh 11' Report
23 January 2018 (2018-01-23) Baku Sports Hall, Baku  Azerbaijan Friendly 3 – 3 D Alighadr 8', Tayyebi 20', Javid 35' Report
24 January 2018 (2018-01-24) Baku Sports Hall, Baku  Azerbaijan Friendly 4 – 1 W Tayyebi 12', Orouji 16', Oladghobad 32', Tavakoli 36' Report
2 February 2018 (2018-02-02) University of Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei  Myanmar 2018 AFC Futsal Championship 14 – 0 W Javid 1' - 8' - 22' - 31', Hassanzadeh 1' - 4' - 8' - 39', Tayyebi 6' - 8' - 15', Alighadr 7', Abbasi 35', Oladghobad 37' Report
4 February 2018 (2018-02-04) University of Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei  China 2018 AFC Futsal Championship 11 – 1 W Tayyebi 3' - 14' - 37', Tavakoli 10' - 27', Javid 10' - 14', Shajari 14', Hassanzadeh 21' - 24', Esmaeilpour 24' Report
6 February 2018 (2018-02-06) University of Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei  Iraq 2018 AFC Futsal Championship 5 – 3 W Tayyebi 8' - 38', Hassanzadeh 12', Oladghobad 26', Tavakoli 31' Report
8 February 2018 (2018-02-08) Xinzhuang Gymnasium, New Taipei City  Thailand 2018 AFC Futsal Championship 9 – 1 W Esmaeilpour 1' - 3', Hassanzadeh 4', Tayyebi 5' - 16' - 36', Javid 21', Shajari 24' - 35' Report
9 February 2018 (2018-02-09) Xinzhuang Gymnasium, New Taipei City  Uzbekistan 2018 AFC Futsal Championship 7 – 1 W Javid 2' - 15' - 16', Hassanzadeh 3' - 30', Tayyebi 10' - 34' Report
11 February 2018 (2018-02-11) Xinzhuang Gymnasium, New Taipei City  Japan 2018 AFC Futsal Championship 4 – 1 W Hassanzadeh 19' - 28', Tavakoli 21', Tayyebi 39' Report

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2018
23 September Tabriz 4 Nation Tournament Shahid Poursharifi, Tabriz  Belarus
24 September Tabriz 4 Nation Tournament Shahid Poursharifi, Tabriz  Japan
26 September Tabriz 4 Nation Tournament Shahid Poursharifi, Tabriz  Ukraine
28–31 October# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
2–5 December# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
2019
28 January – 6 February# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
8–17 April# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
22–25 September# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
21–30 October# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
1–4 December# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
2020
2020 AFC Futsal Championship
28 January – 9 February
hosted by: TBD
12–15 April# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
FIFA Logo (2010).svg 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup
12 September – 4 October
hosted by: TBD
1–4 November# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
6–9 December# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
#FIFA International match days 2016-2020[6]

Coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach Iran Mohammad Nazemosharia
Assistant coach Iran Mohammad Hashemzadeh
Goalkeeping coach Iran Amir Farashi Moghari
Fitness coach Iran Ghodratollah Bagheri
Team supervisor Iran Abbas Torabian
Team doctor Iran Shahram Kharabian Masouleh
Physiotherapist Iran Mohamad Ebadi

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Match date: 22 - 26 September 2018 [7]
Opposition: Tabriz 4 Nation Tournament
Caps and goals correct as of:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Sepehr Mohammadi (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 29) Iran Giti Pasand
2 1GK Saeed Momeni (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 24) Iran Mes Sungun
3 FP Alireza Rafieepour (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 24) Iran Melli Haffari
4 FP Mohammad Shajari (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 27) Iran Giti Pasand
5 FP Mohammad Reza Sangsefidi (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 28) Iran Mes Sungun
6 FP Moslem Oladghobad (1995-11-29) 29 November 1995 (age 22) Iran Giti Pasand
7 FP Abolghasem Orouji (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 28) Iran Mes Sungun
8 FP Milad Ghanbarzadeh Iran Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas
9 FP Amin Nasrolahzadeh (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 26) Iran Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas
10 FP Morteza Ezafi (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 24) Iran Mes Sungun
11 FP Saeed Ahmadabbasi (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 26) Iran Giti Pasand
12 FP Mahdi Javid (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 31) Iran Giti Pasand
13 FP Amin Majidipour (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 25) Iran Parsian Shahr-e Qods
14 FP Tohid Lotfi (1998-12-10) 10 December 1998 (age 19) Iran Mes Sungun
15 FP Abolfazl Hosseini (1992-05-01) 1 May 1992 (age 26) Iran Parsian Shahr-e Qods

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
Mohammad Taheri (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 33) Iran Shahrvand Sari v. Shahin Kermanshah, 26 November
Alireza Asgarikohan (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 28) Iran Mes Sungun v.  Belarus, 14 - 15 January 2018
Ghodrat Bahadori (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 30) Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 27 - 28 January 2018
Hamid AhmadiINJ (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 29) Iran Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 27 - 28 January 2018
Ahmad Esmaeilpour (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 30) Iran Giti Pasand 2018 AFC Futsal Championship, 1 – 11 February 2018
Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 30) Iran Giti Pasand 2018 AFC Futsal Championship, 1 – 11 February 2018
Hossein Tayyebi (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 29) Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty 2018 AFC Futsal Championship, 1 – 11 February 2018
Mehran Alighadr (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 29) Iran Tasisat Daryaei 2018 AFC Futsal Championship, 1 – 11 February 2018
Farhad Tavakoli (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 29) Iran Melli Haffari 2018 AFC Futsal Championship, 1 – 11 February 2018
Mohammad Taheri (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 21) Iran Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
GK Sina Parkas (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 26) Iran Shahrvand Sari Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Hamidreza Rahanjam (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 24) Iran Shahrvand Sari Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Mahdi Mostafaei (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 27) Iran Sunich Saveh Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Soroush Ahmadniya (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 22) Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Saeed Ghalandari (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 (age 29) Iran Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Ehsan Sorghali (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 (age 26) Iran Arjan Shiraz Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Danial Givili (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 23) Iran Naam Avaran Resalat Sari Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Shahab Talebi (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 (age 24) Iran Melli Haffari Tehran Camp, 1 – 3 September 2018
Taha Nematiyan (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 23) Iran Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 1 – 3 September 2018
GK Sajad BabaeiINJ (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 23) Iran Melli Haffari Tehran Camp, 1 – 3 September 2018
Saeed Sarvari (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 24) Iran Moghavemat Alborz Tehran Camp, 1 – 3 September 2018
Ali Rahimi Iran Moghavemat Alborz Tehran Camp, 1 – 3 September 2018
Alireza Samimi (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 31) Iran Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 15 – 17 September 2018
GK Masoud Mohammadi (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 27) Iran Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 15 – 17 September 2018
Majid Hajibandeh (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 27) Iran Sunich Saveh Tehran Camp, 15 – 17 September 2018
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • Withdrew Player withdrew from the squad due to personal issues.
  • RC Player withdrew from the squad due to red card in last game.

Previous squads[edit]

First Squad[edit]

Iran's first squad in 1992

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

Asian Championships[edit]

Iran captains[edit]

World Cup captains[edit]

# Matches as captain (goals) Player World Cup played as captain
1 8 (3) Mehdi Abtahi Hong Kong 1992
2 3 (2) Sadegh Varmazyar Spain 1996
3 3 (0) Babak Masoumi Guatemala 2000
4 3 (2) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Chinese Taipei 2004
5 7 (5) Vahid Shamsaei Brazil 2008
6 4 (0) Mohammad Keshavarz Thailand 2012
7 6 (1) Mohammad Keshavarz Colombia 2016

Asian Championship captains[edit]

# Matches as captain (goals) Player Asian Championship played as captain
1 Malaysia 1999
2 Thailand 2000
3 Iran 2001
4 Indonesia 2002
5 Iran 2003
6 Mohammad Reza Heidarian Macau 2004
7 9 (3) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Vietnam 2005
8 Uzbekistan 2006
9 6 (1) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Japan 2007
10 6 (4) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Thailand 2008
11 6 (2) Mohammad Hashemzadeh Uzbekistan 2010
12 6 (7) Vahid Shamsaei UAE 2012
13 6 (2) Mohammad Taheri Vietnam 2014
14 6 (5) Mohammad Keshavarz Uzbekistan 2016

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
Asian Champions
1999 (first title)
2000 (second title)
2001 (third title)
2002 (fourth title)
2003 (fifth title)
2004 (sixth title)
2005 (seventh title)
Succeeded by
2006
 Japan
Preceded by
2006
 Japan
Asian Champions
2007 (eighth title)
2008 (ninth title)
2010 (tenth title)
Succeeded by
2012
 Japan
Preceded by
2014
 Japan
Asian Champions
2016 (eleventh title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent