International futsal match between Argentina and Brazil
Highest governing body FIFA and AMF
Contact Yes
Team members Five per side
Type Indoor
Equipment Futsal ball
Venue Futsal field/court
Olympic No
Paralympic No

Futsal, or futsala, is a variant of association football played on a smaller field and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.[1]

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football due to the surface of the field.[2] The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.[3]


Futsal comes from Spanish fútbol sala or fútbol de salón and from Portuguese futebol de salão. The term is commonly translated as "indoor football" but it's actual transliteration is "hall/lounge football". During the sport's second world championships held in Madrid in 1985, the Spanish name fútbol sala was used. Since then, all other names have been officially and internationally changed to futsal. The naming was due to a dispute between FIFUSA (the predecessor to the AMF) and FIFA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain). Since then FIFA has also started using the term futsal. The name has been translated into Italian as calcio a 5 or football sala, and French as football de salle.



"Futsal" started in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani, a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, created a version of indoor football for recreation in YMCAs. This new sport was originally developed for playing on basketball courts,[4] and a rule book was published in September 1933. His goal was to create a team game that could be played indoor or outdoor but that was similar to football, which became quite popular there after Uruguay won the 1930 World Cup and gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics.

Ceriani, writing the rule book, took as example the principles of football (the possibility to touch the ball with every part of the body except for the hands), but he took rules from other sports too: from basketball the number of team players (five) and the game duration (40 actual minutes); from water polo the rules about the goalkeeper; from team handball for the field and net’s sizes. The result is a lively, evolved, dynamic, active and supportive sport.

The YMCA spread the game immediately throughout South America. It was easily played by everyone, everywhere, and in any weather condition, even in winter, without any difficulty, helping players to stay in shape all year round. These reasons convinced João Lotufo, a Brazilian, to bring this game to his country and adapt it to the needs of physical education.

Initially, the rules were not uniform. In 1956, the rules were modified by Habib Maphuz and Luiz Gonzaga de Oliveira Fernandes within the YMCA of São Paulo Brazil to allow seniors to compete . Luiz de Oliveira wrote the "Book of Rules of Fuitsal" in 1956, then adopted also at the international level.

In 1965 the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol de Salón (South American Futsal Confederation) was formed, consisting of Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

Shortly after, a unique tournament was organized. It attracted some interest in South American media, which regularly began to follow futsal. In particular, it was the journalist José Antônio Inglêz who passionately contributed to the rapid spread of the game, as well as being credited as the man who coined the name “futsal” to define the sport.


The sport began to spread across South America, and its popularity ensured the formation of a governing body in São Paulo in 1971, under the name of Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA). FIFUSA initially comprised Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay, along with the World Championships. The new institution counted 32 participating countries and its first President was João Havelange joined by the secretary Luiz Gonzaga de Oliveira. In 1975, the Federation’s chief passed to FIFA, and in 1980, Januário D'Alessio Neto was elected to work to make this sport recognized worldwide by supranational bodies.

The first FIFUSA World Championships were held in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1982 with the hosting Brazilian team crowned champions against Paraguay in front of an audience of 12,000 people, with Uruguay placing third. The Federation then began to work to bring the big event to Europe. In 1985, the second futsal World Cup was organized in Madrid, Spain, where the Brazilian team won again. The event was a success, with a considerable media interest and a huge response from the audience, thanks to the Spanish TV station that filmed the event.

In 1985, Joseph Blatter, at that time secretary of football's governing body, FIFA, thought it was the right time to enlarge its influence and, therefore, to also deal with indoor football. Knowing that the Federation President João Havelange was the head of FIFUSA from 1971 to 1974, the Swiss decided to summon in Brazil the world governing body of futsal: surprisingly, the Congress voted against the unification. Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain).

FIFA wanted to promote and spread its own version of indoor football, different from the original one played in the South American countries, but they could not manage to find an agreement with FIFUSA in the Rio de Janeiro Congress in 1989.

On 2 May 1990, the Brazilian federation finally broke away from FIFUSA, and on September 25, an event in Bogotá contributed to the founding of the Confederación Panamericana de Futbol de Salon (PANAFUTSAL) together with Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, and Canada.

The conference held in Guatemala in 2000 between members of PANAFUTSAL and FIFA focused on the resolution of the dispute between the two institutions, and also on the achievement of futsal in the pure version that excited many in South America. The signing of the Protocol, however, was not followed by concrete actions, and FIFA kept on promoting its version of futsal. So the PANAFUTSAL decided to create a new worldwide body for the preservation of futsal. In December 2002, the Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF) was founded. It is currently composed of 40 national federations and three continental bodies, one of which was FIFS.

In 2002, members of PANAFUTSAL formed AMF, an international futsal governing body independent of FIFA, in reaction to the alleged stagnancy of futsal under FIFUSA.[5] Both FIFA and AMF continue to administer the game.[6]

Governing bodies

Futsal currently has two governing bodies: Asociación Mundial de Fútbol de Salón (AMF) and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). AMF is the successor organization to the original governing body. FIFA later took an interest in futsal. However, talks between FIFA and AMF to reconcile governance were not successful. FIFA organizes its own separate competitions.

Region AMF-affiliated FIFA-affiliated
World Asociación Mundial de Fútbol de Salón (AMF) Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Asia Confederation of Asian Futsal (CAFS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
Africa Confédération Africaine de Futsal (CAFUSA) Confederation of African Football (CAF)
North America, Central America and Caribbean Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Futsal (CONCACFUTSAL) Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
South America Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol de Salão (CSFS)

Confederación Panamericana de Futsal (CPFS/PANAFUTSAL)

Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)
Oceania Confederation Futsal of Oceania (CFSO) Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
Europe European Union of Futsal (UEFS) Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)


There are currently two governing bodies: Asociación Mundial de Fútbol de Salón (AMF) and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). AMF and FIFA are responsible for maintaining and regulating the official rules of their respective versions of futsal.

FIFA publishes its futsal rules as the 'Laws of the Game', in which each of the 17 'laws' is a thematically related collection of individual regulations. The laws define all aspects of the game, including what may be changed to suit local competitions and leagues.[7]

Summary of rules

Length of the field minimum 25x16m, maximum 42x25m.
Ball Size 4, circumference 62–64 cm, weight between 400-440g at the start of the game.

Dropped from a height of 2m, the first rebound must not be lower than 50 cm or more than 65 cm.[8]

Time There are two periods of 20 minutes with time stopping at every dead ball. Between the two periods there is a break of 15 minutes. Each team may use one time-out per half, which lasts one minute. Some lower leagues and tournaments use 24 minute periods with running time.
Number of players There are five players for each team in the field, one of them as goalkeeper, and a maximum number of 12 players that can be used each match. Substitutions are unlimited and on-the-fly.
Fouls All direct free kicks count as accumulated fouls. A direct free kick is awarded for kicking, tripping, charging, jumping, pushing, striking, tackling, holding, spitting, and deliberate handling. Indirect free kicks, such as playing dangerously and impeding, do not count as accumulated fouls. A team is warned by the referee when they commit five accumulated fouls in a half.
Cards A yellow card is shown for unsporting behavior, dissent, time wasting, encroachment, persistent infringement, and illegal subbing. A red card is shown for serious foul play, violent conduct, spitting, illegally denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, abusive language, and receiving a second yellow. Red carded players are ejected from the game and their team must play short for two minutes or until the other team scores a goal.
Free kicks Taken from the spot of the infringement or on the line of the penalty area nearest the infringement (indirect only). All opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball. The kick must be taken within four seconds or an indirect kick is awarded to the other team.
Kick from the second penalty mark Awarded when a team commits 6 or more accumulated fouls in a half. Second penalty mark is 10m from the goal, opponents must be behind the ball, goalkeeper must be at least 5m away
Penalty kick 6m from the center of the goal for fouls inside the 6m goal keeper's area.
Goalkeeper When in possession of the ball, the goalkeeper has 4 seconds to get rid of the ball. If the ball is kept too long, the referee will give an indirect kick to the other team. The goalkeeper may play freely when in the opponent's half.
Goalkeeper pass-back restriction Once the goalkeeper has released the ball either by kicking or throwing, the goalkeeper may not touch it again until the ball goes out of play or is touched by an opponent. The sanction for violation is an indirect free kick. The goalkeeper may receive the ball freely when on the opponent's half
Kick-in A kick-in is used instead of a throw-in. The player must place the ball on the touchline or outside but not more than 25 cm from the place the ball when out of play. The ball must be stationary and the kick-in must be taken within 4 seconds from the time the player is ready. During kick-in, opponents must stand at least 5m from the ball. If four seconds elapses or an illegal kick is taken, the referee will award a kick-in to the other team. It is not allowed to score directly from a kick-in: the goal is valid only if someone else touches the ball before it enters in goal.
Goal clearance A goal clearance is used instead of a goal kick. The goalkeeper must throw the ball with their hands and it must leave the penalty area within four seconds. If goal clearance is taken illegally the goalkeeper may retry, but the referee will not reset the count. If four seconds elapses, the other team gets an indirect kick on the penalty area line.
Corner kick The ball must be placed inside the arc nearest to the point where the ball crossed the goal line and the opponent must stand on field at least 5 m from the corner arch until the ball is in play. The corner kick must be taken within 4 seconds of being ready or else a goal clearance will be awarded to the other team. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
Referees For international matches, there must be two referees: one (first referee) is positioned on the touchline near the timekeeper table and communicates with the timekeeper, while the other (second referee) is in the opposite side of the field. At the timekeeper table there is a timekeeper and a third referee, who controls the teams’ benches.

In minor events, the third referees and the timekeeper are not used. [9]

Players, equipment and officials

The Brazil national futsal team line up before a match.

There are five players on the field on each team, one of whom is the goalkeeper. The maximum number of substitutes allowed is nine (FIFA change 2012), with unlimited substitutions during the match. Substitutes can come on even when the ball is in play but the player coming off must leave the field before the substitute can enter the playing field.[10] If a team has fewer than three players in the team, the match is abandoned and counted as a loss for the team with the lack of players.[11]

The kit is made up of a jersey or shirt with sleeves, shorts, socks, shinguards made out of rubber or plastic, and shoes with rubber soles. The goalkeeper is allowed to wear long trousers and a different coloured kit to distinguish themself from the other players on the team and the referee. Goalkeeper is also allowed to wear elbow pads because the surface is about as hard as a tennis court or basketball court. Jewellery is not allowed, nor are other items that could be dangerous to the player wearing the item or to other active participants.[12]

The match is controlled by the referee, who enforces the Laws of the Game, and the first referee is the only one who can legally abandon the match because of interference from outside the field. This referee is also assisted by a second referee who typically watches over the goal lines or assists the primary referee with calls on fouls or plays. The decisions made by the referees are final and can only be changed if the referees think it is necessary and play has not restarted.[13] There is also a third referee and a timekeeper who are provided with equipment to keep a record of fouls in the match. In the event of injury to the second referee, the third referee will replace the second referee.[14]

The field

A futsal field

The field is made up of wood or artificial material, or similar surface, although any flat, smooth and non-abrasive material may be used. The length of the field is in the range of 38–42 m (42–46 yd), and the width is in the range of 20–25 m (22–27 yd) in international matches. For other matches, it can be 25–42 m (27–46 yd) in length, while the width can be 16–25 m (17–27 yd), as long as the length of the longer boundary lines (touchlines) are greater than the shorter boundaries where the goals are placed (goal lines). The "standard" size court for an international is 40 m × 20 m (44 yd × 22 yd).[15] The ceiling must be at least 4 m (4 yd) high.[16] A rectangular goal is positioned at the middle of each goal line. The inner edges of the vertical goal posts must be 3 m (3.3 yd) apart, and the lower edge of the horizontal crossbar supported by the goal posts must be 2 m (2.2 yd) above the ground. Nets made of hemp, jute or nylon are attached to the back of the goalposts and crossbar. The lower part of the nets is attached to curved tubing or another suitable means of support. The depth of the goal is 80 cm (31 in) at the top and 1 m (3.3 ft) at the bottom.[17]

A futsal arena in Tokyo

In front of each goal is an area known as the penalty area. This area is created by drawing quarter-circles with a 6 m (6.6 yd) radius from the goal line, centered on the goalposts. The upper part of each quarter-circle is then joined by a 3.16 m (3.46 yd) line running parallel to the goal line between the goalposts. The line marking the edge of the penalty area is known as the penalty area line.[18] The penalty area marks where the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with hands. The penalty mark is six metres from the goal line when it reaches the middle of the goalposts. The second penalty mark is 10 metres (11 yd) from the goal line when it reaches the middle of the goalposts. A penalty kick from the penalty spot is awarded if a player commits a foul inside the penalty area.[19] The second penalty spot is used if a player commits their team's sixth foul in the opposing team's half or in their own half in the area bordered by the halfway line and an imaginary line parallel to the halfway line passing through the second penalty mark; the free kick is taken from the second penalty mark.[20]

Any standard team handball field can be used for futsal, including goals and floor markings.

Duration and tie-breaking methods

A standard match consists of two equal periods of 20 minutes. The length of either half is extended to allow penalty kicks to be taken or a direct free kick to be taken against a team that has committed more than five fouls. The interval between the two halves cannot exceed 15 minutes.[21]

In some competitions, the game cannot end in a draw, so away goals, extra time and penalties are the three methods for determining the winner after a match has been drawn. Away goals mean that if the team's score is level after playing one home and one away game, the goals scored in the away match count as double. Extra time consists of two periods of five minutes. If no winner is produced after these methods, five penalties are taken, and the team that has scored the most wins. If it is not decided after five penalties, it continues to go on with one extra penalty to each team at a time until one of them has scored more goals than the other. Unlike extra time, the goals scored in a penalty shoot-out do not count towards the goals scored throughout the match.[22]

The start and restart of play

At the beginning of the match, a coin toss is used to decide who will start the match. A kick-off is used to signal the start of play and is also used at the start of the second half and any periods of extra time. It is also used after a goal has been scored, with the other team starting the play.[23] After a temporary stoppage for any reason not mentioned in the Laws of the Game, the referee will drop the ball where the play was stopped, provided that, prior to the stoppage, the ball was in play and had not crossed either the touch lines or goal lines.[24]

If the ball goes over the goal line or touchline, hits the ceiling, or the play is stopped by the referee, the ball is out of play. If it hits the ceiling of an indoor arena, play is restarted with a kick-in to the opponents of the team that last touched the ball, under the place where it hit the ceiling.[16]

Lack of offside rule

Unlike football, there is no offside rule in futsal. Attackers can get much closer to the goal than they can in the traditional outdoor version of football.


Players are cautioned with a yellow card and sent off with a red card.

A direct free kick can be awarded to the opposing team if a player succeeds or attempts to kick or trip an opponent, jumps, charges or pushes an opponent, or strikes or attempts to strike an opponent. Holding, touching or spitting at an opponent are offenses that are worthy of a direct free kick, as are sliding in to play the ball while an opponent is playing it or carrying, striking or throwing the ball (except the goalkeeper). These are all accumulated fouls. The direct free kick is taken where the infringement occurred, unless it is awarded to the defending team in their penalty area, in which case the free kick may be taken from anywhere inside the penalty area.[25] A penalty kick is awarded if a player commits one of the fouls that are worthy of a direct free kick inside their own penalty area. The position of the ball does not matter as long as it is in play but for a penalty kick, the ball must be on the outer line, perpendicular to the center of the net.[26]

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper clears the ball but then touches it with their hands before anyone else, if the goalkeeper controls the ball with hands when it has been kicked to them by a teammate, or if they touch or control the ball with hands or feet in their own half for more than four seconds.[26] An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player plays in a dangerous manner, deliberately obstructs an opponent, prevents the goalkeeper from throwing the ball with hands or anything else for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player. The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.[26]

Yellow and red cards are both used in futsal. The yellow card is to caution players over their actions, and, if they get two, they are given a red card, which means they are sent off the field. A yellow card is shown if a player shows unsporting behaviour, dissent, persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game, delaying the restart of play, failing to respect the distance of the player from the ball when play is being restarted, infringement of substitution procedure or entering, re-entering and leaving the field without the referee's permission.[27] A player is shown the red card and sent off if they engage in serious foul play, violent conduct, spitting at another person, or denying the opposing team a goal by handling the ball (except the goalkeeper inside their penalty area). Also punishable with a red card is denying an opponent moving towards the player's goal a goalscoring opportunity by committing an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick and using offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures.[27] A player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field. A substitute player is permitted to come on two minutes after a teammate has been sent off, unless a goal is scored before the end of the two minutes. If a team with more players scores against a team with fewer players, another player can be added to the team with an inferior number of players. If the teams are equal when the goal is scored or if the team with fewer players scores, both teams remain with the same number of players.

World ranking

Men's ranking

As of 13 July 2016, the top 25 teams according to the ELO-based rankings are:[28]

# Team Points
2  Spain 1911
3  Russia 1724
4  Italy 1662
5  Iran 1626
6  Argentina 1618
7  Portugal 1573
8  Ukraine 1500
9  Kazakhstan 1435
10  Azerbaijan 1397
11  Paraguay 1386
12  Slovenia 1373
12  Japan 1373
14  Thailand 1361
15  Serbia 1355
16  Colombia 1353
17  Croatia 1326
18  Czech Republic 1297
19  Romania 1266
19  Costa Rica 1266
21  Uzbekistan 1243
22  Belarus 1241
23  Australia 1236
24  Panama 1232
25  Netherlands 1227

Women's ranking

As of 7 May 2012, according to a ranking based partly on the ELO system and partly on a form-based system, the top 10 teams are:[29]

# Team Points
1  Brazil 2326
2  Spain 2248
3  Portugal 2172
4  Russia 2019
5  Ukraine 2014
6  Japan 1963
7  Guatemala 1934
8  Netherlands 1911
9  Australia 1888
10  Argentina 1876


National team competitions

Men's national competitions

Region AMF-affiliated FIFA-affiliated Other competitions
World AMF Futsal World Cup FIFA Futsal World Cup
Asia AFC Futsal Championship
Africa Africa Futsal Cup of Nations
North America, Central America and Caribbean CONCACAF Futsal Championship
  • Central American Games
South America Copa América – FIFA Futsal
Oceania Oceanian Futsal Championship
Europe UEFS Futsal Men's Championship UEFA Futsal Championship

Women's national competitions

Region AMF-affiliated FIFA-affiliated Other competitions
World AMF Futsal Women's World Cup Women's Futsal World Tournament
Asia AFC Women's Futsal Championship Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
Southeast Asian Games
WAFF Futsal Championship
North America, Central America and Caribbean
South America Copa América Femenina de Futsal
Europe UEFS Futsal Women's Championship

Club competitions

Region AMF-affiliated men's competitions AMF-affiliated women's competitions FIFA-affiliated men's competitions FIFA-affiliated women's competitions Other competitions
World AMF Club World Cup[30][31] Intercontinental Futsal Cup Futsal 5 A-Side Australia (FFAA) Interstate Club Championship
South America Copa Libertadores de Futsal Copa Libertadores Femenina de Futsal
Asia AFC Futsal Club Championship
North America, Central America and Caribbean
Europe UEFA Futsal Cup

Discontinued competitions

FIFA competitions

Men's national teams


Competition Year City Country Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
FIFA Futsal World Cup 1989 Rotterdam Netherlands  Brazil  Netherlands  United States  Belgium
1992 Hong Kong Hong Kong  Brazil  United States  Spain  Iran
1996 Barcelona Spain  Brazil  Spain  Russia  Ukraine
2000 Guatemala City Guatemala  Spain  Brazil  Portugal  Russia
2004 Taipei City Chinese Taipei  Spain  Italy  Brazil  Argentina
2008 Rio de Janeiro Brazil  Brazil  Spain  Italy  Russia
2012 Bangkok Thailand  Brazil  Spain  Italy  Colombia
2016 Cali Colombia  Argentina  Russia  Iran  Portugal
Futsal Confederations Cup 2009 Tripoli Libya  Iran  Uruguay  Libya  Guatemala
2013 Caxias do Sul Brazil  Brazil  Colombia  Chile  Croatia
2014 Kuwait City Kuwait  Argentina  Czech Republic  Brazil  Italy
Mediterranean Futsal Cup 2010 Tripoli Libya  Croatia  Libya  Slovenia  France
Futsal Mundialito 1994 Milan Italy  Italy  Croatia  Spain  Hungary
1995 Rio de Janeiro Brazil  Brazil  Italy  Spain  United States
1996 Rio de Janeiro Brazil  Brazil  Paraguay  Argentina  United States
1998 Rio de Janeiro Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  United States  Italy
2001 Joinville Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  Portugal  Czech Republic
2002 Reggio Calabria Italy  Brazil  Italy  Russia  Argentina
2006 Algarve Portugal  Portugal  Croatia  Angola  Mozambique
2007 Algarve Portugal  Portugal  Slovakia  Hungary  Croatia
2008 Algarve Portugal  Portugal  Hungary  Angola  Libya
Grand Prix de Futsal 2005 Brusque, Santa Catarina Brazil  Brazil  Colombia  Argentina  Uruguay
2006 Caxias do Sul Brazil  Brazil  Italy  Croatia  Argentina
2007 Joinville & Lages & Jaraguá do Sul Brazil  Brazil  Iran  Argentina  Hungary
2008 Fortaleza Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  Ukraine  Paraguay
2009 Anápolis & Goiânia Brazil  Brazil  Iran  Romania  Czech Republic
2010 Anápolis Brazil  Spain  Brazil  Paraguay  Iran
2011 Manaus Brazil  Brazil  Russia  Argentina  Iran
2013 Maringá Brazil  Brazil  Russia  Iran  Paraguay
2014 São Bernardo Brazil  Brazil  Colombia  Iran  Guatemala
2015 Uberaba Brazil  Brazil  Iran  Colombia  Paraguay
2016 TBA Brazil
Arab Futsal Championship 1998 Cairo Egypt  Egypt  Morocco  Libya  Palestine
2005 Cairo Egypt  Egypt  Morocco  Lebanon  Libya
2007 Tripoli Libya  Libya  Egypt  Lebanon  Morocco
2008 Port Said Egypt  Libya  Egypt  Jordan  Lebanon

Continental (major)

Continental Year Country Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
Africa (CAF) 1996 Egypt  Egypt  Ghana  Zimbabwe  Somalia
2000 Egypt  Egypt  Morocco  Libya  South Africa
2004 Home & away  Egypt  Mozambique  Morocco  Guinea-Bissau
2008 Libya  Libya  Egypt  Morocco  Mozambique
2016 South Africa  Morocco  Egypt  Mozambique  Zambia
Asia (AFC) 1999 Malaysia  Iran  South Korea  Kazakhstan  Japan
2000 Thailand  Iran  Kazakhstan  Thailand  Japan
2001 Iran  Iran  Uzbekistan  South Korea  Japan
2002 Indonesia  Iran  Japan  Thailand  South Korea
2003 Iran  Iran  Japan  Thailand  Kuwait
2004 Macau  Iran  Japan  Thailand  Uzbekistan
2005 Vietnam  Iran  Japan  Uzbekistan &  Kyrgyzstan
2006 Uzbekistan  Japan  Uzbekistan  Iran  Kyrgyzstan
2007 Japan  Iran  Japan  Uzbekistan  Kyrgyzstan
2008 Thailand  Iran  Thailand  Japan  China
2010 Uzbekistan  Iran  Uzbekistan  Japan  China
2012 United Arab Emirates  Japan  Thailand  Iran  Australia
2014 Vietnam  Japan  Iran  Uzbekistan  Kuwait
2016 Uzbekistan  Iran  Uzbekistan  Thailand  Vietnam
Europe (UEFA) 1996 Spain  Spain  Russia  Belgium  Italy
1999 Spain  Russia  Spain  Italy  Netherlands
2001 Russia  Spain  Ukraine  Russia  Italy
2003 Italy  Italy  Ukraine  Spain &  Czech Republic
2005 Czech Republic  Spain  Russia  Italy  Ukraine
2007 Portugal  Spain  Italy  Russia  Portugal
2010 Hungary  Spain  Portugal  Czech Republic  Azerbaijan
2012 Croatia  Spain  Russia  Italy  Croatia
2014 Belgium  Italy  Russia  Spain  Portugal
2016 Serbia  Spain  Russia  Kazakhstan  Serbia
2018 Slovenia
North America, Central America and Caribbean
1996 Guatemala  United States  Cuba  Mexico  Guatemala
2000 Costa Rica  Costa Rica  Cuba  United States  Mexico
2004 Costa Rica  United States  Cuba  Costa Rica  Mexico
2008 Guatemala  Guatemala  Cuba  United States  Panama
2012 Guatemala  Costa Rica  Guatemala  Panama  Mexico
2016 Costa Rica  Costa Rica  Panama  Guatemala  Cuba
Oceania (OFC) 1992 Australia  Australia  Vanuatu  New Zealand
1996 Vanuatu  Australia  Vanuatu  Fiji  Samoa
1999 Vanuatu  Australia  Fiji  Vanuatu  Papua New Guinea
2004 Australia  Australia  New Zealand  Vanuatu  Fiji
2008 Fiji  Solomon Islands  French Polynesia  Vanuatu  New Zealand
2009 Fiji  Solomon Islands  Fiji  Vanuatu  New Caledonia
2010 Fiji  Solomon Islands  Fiji  New Zealand  Vanuatu
2011 Fiji  Solomon Islands  French Polynesia  New Zealand  Vanuatu
2013 New Zealand  Australia  Malaysia  New Zealand  French Polynesia
2014 New Caledonia  Malaysia  New Caledonia  New Zealand  French Polynesia
2016 Fiji  Solomon Islands  New Zealand  French Polynesia  Vanuatu
South America (CONMEBOL) 1992 Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  Paraguay  Ecuador
1995 Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  Uruguay  Paraguay
1996 Brazil  Brazil  Uruguay  Argentina  Paraguay
1997 Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  Paraguay
1998 Brazil  Brazil  Paraguay  Uruguay
1999 Brazil  Brazil  Uruguay  Argentina
2000 Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  Uruguay  Bolivia
2003 Paraguay  Argentina  Brazil  Paraguay  Peru
2008 Uruguay  Brazil  Uruguay  Argentina  Paraguay
2011 Argentina  Brazil  Argentina  Paraguay  Colombia
2015 Ecuador  Argentina  Paraguay  Brazil  Colombia


Discontinued tournaments

Women's national teams


Competition Year Host Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
Women's Futsal World Tournament 2010 Spain  Brazil  Portugal  Russia &  Spain
2011 Brazil  Brazil  Spain  Portugal  Russia
2012 Portugal  Brazil  Portugal  Spain  Russia
2013 Spain  Brazil  Spain  Russia  Portugal
2014 Costa Rica  Brazil  Portugal  Spain  Costa Rica
2015 Guatemala  Brazil  Russia  Spain  Portugal


Continental Year Host Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
Asia (AFC) 2015 Malaysia  Iran  Japan  Thailand  Malaysia
South America (CONMEBOL) 2005 Brazil  Brazil  Ecuador  Argentina  Uruguay
2007 Ecuador  Brazil  Colombia  Venezuela  Uruguay
2009 Brazil  Brazil  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru
2011 Venezuela  Brazil  Argentina  Paraguay  Venezuela
2015 Uruguay  Colombia  Uruguay  Chile  Argentina

FIFUSA/AMF competitions

Men's national teams


Competition Year Country Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
FIFUSA World Futsal Championships 1982 Brazil  Brazil  Paraguay  Colombia  Uruguay
1985 Spain  Brazil  Spain  Paraguay  Argentina
1988 Australia  Paraguay  Brazil  Spain  Portugal
1991 Italy  Portugal  Paraguay  Brazil  Bolivia
1994 Argentina  Argentina  Colombia  Uruguay  Brazil
1997 Mexico  Venezuela  Uruguay  Brazil  Russia
2000 Bolivia  Colombia  Bolivia  Argentina  Russia
AMF World Futsal Championships 2003 Paraguay  Paraguay  Colombia  Bolivia  Peru
2007 Argentina  Paraguay  Argentina  Colombia  Peru
2011 Colombia  Colombia  Paraguay  Argentina  Russia
2015 Belarus  Colombia  Paraguay  Argentina  Belgium
2019 Argentina
Futsal in World Games 2013 Colombia  Colombia  Venezuela  Brazil  Argentina

Continental (major)

Continental Year Country Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
Europe (UEFS) 1989 Spain  Portugal  Spain  Czechoslovakia  Israel
1990 Portugal  Portugal  Czechoslovakia  Spain  England
1992 Portugal  Spain  Russia  Portugal  Israel
1995 Morocco  Slovakia  Morocco  Russia  Czech Republic
1998 Slovakia  Russia  Spain  Slovakia  Belarus
2004 Belarus  Belarus  Czech Republic  Russia  Ukraine
2006 Catalonia  Russia  Catalonia  Czech Republic  Belgium
2008 Belgium  Russia  Czech Republic  Belarus  Belgium
2010 Russia  Russia  Belgium  Czech Republic  Belarus
2012 Belarus  Belgium  Czech Republic  Russia  Catalonia
2014 Czech Republic  Belarus  Belgium  Catalonia  Russia
2016 Russia  Russia  Italy  Czech Republic  Kazakhstan
South America
1964 Paraguay  Paraguay  Brazil
1969 Paraguay  Brazil  Paraguay  Argentina  Uruguay
1971 Brazil  Brazil  Uruguay  Paraguay  Peru
1973 Uruguay  Brazil  Uruguay  Paraguay  Argentina
1975 Argentina  Brazil  Uruguay  Paraguay  Argentina
1976 Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay  Uruguay  Argentina
1977 Brazil  Brazil  Paraguay  Colombia  Uruguay
1979 Colombia  Brazil  Uruguay
1983 Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay  Uruguay  Argentina
1986 Argentina  Brazil  Paraguay  Argentina  Uruguay
1989 Brazil  Brazil  Paraguay  Uruguay  Bolivia

Women's national teams


Continental Year Host Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
AMF Futsal World Cup 2008 Catalonia  Catalonia  Galicia  Colombia  Russia
2013 Colombia  Colombia  Venezuela  Czech Republic  Argentina
2017 Spain


Continental Year Host Winner Runner-up 3rd 4th
Europe (UEFS) 2001 Russia  Russia  Belarus  Ukraine  Italy
2004 Russia  Russia  Catalonia  Ukraine  Belgium
2007 Czech Republic  Czech Republic  Russia  Slovakia  Ukraine
2009 Poland  Russia  Czech Republic  Catalonia  Poland
2011 Czech Republic  Czech Republic  Russia  Catalonia  France
2015 Catalonia  Russia  Czech Republic  Catalonia  Netherlands

See also


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