2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup

  (Redirected from 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup)

The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup will be the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup, the quadrennial international futsal championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament will be held in Lithuania.[1] It will mark the first FIFA tournament ever hosted by Lithuania and the third Futsal World Cup hosted in Europe (the others being 1989 in Netherlands and 1996 in Spain).

2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup
Pasaulio Salės Futbolo Čempionatas
Lithuania 2021
2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.png
Tournament details
Host countryLithuania
Dates12 September – 3 October 2021
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
2016
2024

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held from 12 September to 4 October 2020 as the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup.[2] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA announced on 3 April 2020 that a decision would be made whether the tournament would be postponed and rescheduled.[3] On 12 May 2020, FIFA announced that the tournament will be held between 12 September – 3 October 2021, subject to further monitoring.[4][5]

Argentina are the defending champions.

Host selectionEdit

The following countries bid for the tournament:[6]

  •   Costa Rica
  •   Croatia
  •   Iran
  •   Japan
  •   Kazakhstan
  •   Lithuania
  •   New Zealand
  •   United Arab Emirates

The eight bidders represent the highest ever for the FIFA Futsal World Cup. Since none of these countries have ever hosted the event before, the tournament will be heading to a new location, later shortlisted to four. The Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, the Netherlands, and the United States expressed interest, but eventually did not bid.[7][8]

The host were originally to be appointed by December 2016,[9] then delayed to December 2017.[10] Costa Rica, Croatia, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates were later eliminated from contention.

The hosts were selected by the FIFA Council on 26 October 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda from the final four candidates: Iran, Japan, Lithuania, and New Zealand.[11] Lithuania was chosen over Iran, Japan and New Zealand as host for the 2020 edition.

QualificationEdit

A total of 24 teams qualify for the final tournament, In addition to Lithuania who qualifies automatically as host, 23 other teams qualify from six separate continental competitions. The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 10 June 2018.[12]

Confederation Qualifying tournament Team Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
AFC (Asia)
(5 teams)
Three teams nominated by AFC, two teams determined by play-offs
(Original championship cancelled)[13]
  Iran 8th 2016 Third place (2016)
  Japan 5th 2012 Round of 16 (2012)
  Uzbekistan 2nd 2016 Group stage (2016)
25 May 2021
25 May 2021
CAF (Africa)
(3 teams)
2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations   Angola 1st N/A Debut
  Egypt 7th 2016 Quarter-finals (2016)
  Morocco 3rd 2016 Group stage (2012, 2016)
CONCACAF (Central, North America and Caribbean)
(4 teams)
2021 CONCACAF Futsal Championship
  Costa Rica 5th 2016 Round of 16 (2016)
  Guatemala 5th 2016 Group stage (2000, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  Panama 3rd 2016 Round of 16 (2012)
  United States 6th 2008 Runners-up (1992)
CONMEBOL (South America)
(4 teams)
2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)   Argentina 9th 2016 Champions (2016)
  Brazil 9th 2016 Champions (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012)
  Paraguay 7th 2016 Quarter-finals (2016)
  Venezuela 1st N/A Debut
OFC (Oceania)
(1 team)
2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup   Solomon Islands 4th 2016 Group stage (2008, 2012, 2016)
UEFA (Europe)
(Hosts + 6 teams)
Host nation   Lithuania 1st N/A Debut
2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification (UEFA)   Kazakhstan 3rd 2016 Round of 16 (2016)
  Portugal 6th 2016 Third place (2000)
  Russia 7th 2016 Runners-up (2016)
  Spain 9th 2016 Champions (2000, 2004)
  Czech Republic 4th 2012 Second round (2004)
  Serbia 2nd 2012 Round of 16 (2012)

VenuesEdit

Lithuania presented three cities – Vilnius (Avia Solutions Group Arena), Kaunas (Žalgiris Arena) and Klaipėda (Švyturys Arena) in their bid to host the event. During press conference on 22 November 2018 it was revealed that the Lithuanian Football Federation would like to expand number of host cities with up to 3 additional locations. Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena), Panevėžys (Cido Arena) and Alytus (Alytus Arena) were named as additional candidates and are currently awaiting for a FIFA delegates inspection to determine their suitability.[14] Further negotiations should resume in February 2019.[15] An inspection was done on 10 May 2019 on all five potential host cities: Vilnius (Siemens Arena), Kaunas (Žalgiris Arena), Klaipėda (Švyturys Arena), Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena) and Panevėžys (Cido Arena).[16]

The final decision was made on 16 October 2019, it will be staged in three cities: Vilnius (Avia Solutions Group Arena), Kaunas (Žalgiris Arena) and Klaipėda (Švyturys Arena).[17] Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena) and Panevėžys (Cido Arena) were left out due to accommodation hotel concerns.

Vilnius Kaunas Klaipėda
Avia Solutions Group Arena Žalgiris Arena Švyturys Arena
Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 13,807 Capacity: 6,200
     

MarketingEdit

The Emblem was launched on 17 January 2020 at the MO Museum in Vilnius.[18]

The emblem highlights two of Lithuania's proudest features: its natural resources and technological expertise. The base of the emblem represents the country's lush, green landscape, decorated with oak leaves. A symbol of strength, the native oak has been venerated in Lithuania for centuries. Following the lines of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Trophy, oaks give way to farmland and meadows in the colours of the Lithuanian flag. The prominence given to the landscape highlights Lithuania's commitment to the preservation of its natural heritage.

The top half of the emblem is inspired by Lithuania's modern technological industries. Lasers shoot skywards towards a stylised futsal pitch as a reminder of the country's accomplishments in the science and high-tech industries.

On 21 September 2020, Ivartito, a stork (which is the national bird of Lithuania since 1973), was unveiled as the official mascot.[19]

SquadsEdit

Each team has to name a preliminary squad of a maximum of 25 players (3 of whom must be goalkeepers). From the preliminary squad, the team has to name a final squad of 14 players (two of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad can be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.[20]

Group stageEdit

The schedule of the competition was released on 30 April 2021.[21]

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.

Tiebreakers

The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows:[20]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
    • Yellow card: −1 points;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
    • Direct red card: −4 points;
    • Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times are local, EEST (UTC+3).[22]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Lithuania (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 September 2021. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Lithuania  Match 1A2
A3Match 2A4

Lithuania  Match 13A3
A4Match 14A2

A4Match 25  Lithuania
A2Match 26A3

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
B1Match 3B2
B3Match 4B4

B1Match 15B3
B4Match 16B2

B4Match 27B1
B2Match 28B3

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
C1Match 5C2
C3Match 6C4

C1Match 17C3
C4Match 18C2

C4Match 29C1
C2Match 30C3

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
D1Match 7D2
D3Match 8D4

D1Match 19D3
D4Match 20D2

D4Match 31D1
D2Match 32D3

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
E1Match 9E2
E3Match 10E4

E1Match 21E3
E4Match 22E2

E4Match 33E1
E2Match 34E3

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
F1Match 11F2
F3Match 12F4

F1Match 23F3
F4Match 24F2

F4Match 35F1
F2Match 36F3

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place Group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B Third place Group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place Group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place Group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place Group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place Group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played (two periods of five minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner. However, for the third place match, if it is played directly before the final, no extra time shall be played and the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark.[20]

BracketEdit

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
22 September – Kaunas
 
 
Runners-up Group A
 
26 September – Vilnius
 
Runners-up Group C
 
Winners Match 38
 
23 September – Kaunas
 
Winners Match 39
 
Winners Group D
 
29 September – Kaunas
 
Third place Group B/E/F
 
Winners Match 45
 
22 September – Vilnius
 
Winners Match 46
 
Winners Group B
 
26 September – Kaunas
 
Third place Group A/C/D
 
Winners Match 37
 
23 September – Vilnius
 
Winners Match 40
 
Winners Group F
 
3 October – Kaunas
 
Runners-up Group E
 
Winners Match 49
 
24 September – Vilnius
 
Winners Match 50
 
Winners Group E
 
27 September – Vilnius
 
Runners-up Group D
 
Winners Match 43
 
24 September – Kaunas
 
Winners Match 42
 
Winners Group C
 
30 September – Kaunas
 
Third place Group A/B/F
 
Winners Match 47
 
24 September – Vilnius
 
Winners Match 48Third place match
 
Runners-up Group B
 
27 September – Kaunas3 October – Kaunas
 
Runners-up Group F
 
Winners Match 44Losers Match 49
 
23 September – Kaunas
 
Winners Match 41Losers Match 50
 
Winners Group A
 
 
Third place Group C/D/E
 
Combinations of matches in the Round of 16

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:[20]

Round of 16Edit

Winners Group BMatch 37Third place Group A/C/D

Runners-up Group AMatch 38Runners-up Group C

Winners Group DMatch 39Third place Group B/E/F

Winners Group FMatch 40Runners-up Group E

Winners Group AMatch 41Third place Group C/D/E

Winners Group CMatch 42Third place Group A/B/F

Winners Group EMatch 43Runners-up Group D

Runners-up Group BMatch 44Runners-up Group F

Quarter-finalsEdit

Winners Match 38Match 45Winners Match 39

Winners Match 37Match 46Winners Match 40

Winners Match 43Match 47Winners Match 42

Winners Match 44Match 48Winners Match 41

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners Match 45Match 49Winners Match 46

Winners Match 47Match 50Winners Match 48

Third place matchEdit

Losers Match 49Match 51Losers Match 50

FinalEdit

Winners Match 49Match 52Winners Match 50

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA Council makes key decisions for the future of football development". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ "FIFA futsal international match calendar 2016-2020" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 January 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Dedicated COVID-19 working group proposes recommendations after first meeting". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 3 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Bureau of the FIFA Council decisions on FIFA events". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Lietuvoje turėjęs vykti pasaulio čempionatas atidėtas". delfi.lt (in Lithuanian). 12 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Record numbers bid to host FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2020". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Heavy interest in hosting 2020 futsal extravaganza". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 April 2016.
  8. ^ Prie istorinės galimybės artėjantis Lietuvos futbolas slysta ant Prezidentūros laiptų?
  9. ^ "2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup bidding process underway". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 March 2016.
  10. ^ "フットサルW杯 2020年の開催国決定は延期" (in Japanese). NHK News. 10 January 2017. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Organising Committee takes important decisions on FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 1 October 2018.
  12. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup 2020 – slot allocation" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Latest update on AFC representatives for upcoming FIFA competitions™". the-AFC.com. AFC. 21 April 2021.
  14. ^ Adomaitis, Aurimas (22 November 2018). "LFF siekia dvigubai padidinti 2020 FIFA futsalo pasaulio čempionato miestų skaičių". Futbolas.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Pasaulio čempionato organizavimo perspektyvos – Šiauliuose ir Panevėžyje" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  16. ^ "PREPARATION FOR THE FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP 2020 IN LITHUANIA IS GATHERING PACE". 10 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Three cities set to host the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020™". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Official Emblem revealed for FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020™". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Dancing stork debuts as FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ mascot". FIFA.com. 21 September 2020.
  20. ^ a b c d "Regulations – FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Kaunas to host FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ final". FIFA.com. 30 April 2021.
  22. ^ "Match Schedule – FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021" (PDF). FIFA.com.

External linksEdit