The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the quadrennial international futsal championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament was held in Lithuania. It marked the first FIFA tournament ever hosted by Lithuania and the third Futsal World Cup hosted in Europe; the others being 1989 in the Netherlands and 1996 in Spain.
|Pasaulio Salės Futbolo Čempionatas|
|Dates||12 September – 3 October|
|Teams||24 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Portugal (1st title)|
|Goals scored||301 (5.79 per match)|
|Attendance||63,748 (1,226 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ferrão|
|Best goalkeeper||Nicolás Sarmiento|
|Fair play award||Kazakhstan|
The tournament was originally scheduled to be held from 12 September to 4 October 2020 as the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup. 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. On 12 May 2020, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held between 12 September and 3 October 2021, subject to further monitoring.
In the final, Portugal defeated the defending champions Argentina 2–1 to win their first World Cup title. They became the fourth team to win the competition, the second from Europe after Spain's triumphs in 2000 and 2004.
The following countries bid for the tournament:
- Costa Rica
- 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.
The host were originally to be appointed by December 2016, then delayed to December 2017. 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. Lithuania was chosen over Iran, Japan and New Zealand as host for the 2020 edition.
A total of 24 teams from six separate continental competitions qualified for the final tournament, in addition to hosts Lithuania. The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 10 June 2018.
|Confederation||Qualified through||Team||Appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|Three teams nominated by AFC, two teams determined by play-offs
(Original championship cancelled)
|Iran||8th||2016||Third place (2016)|
|Japan||5th||2012||Round of 16 (2012)|
|Uzbekistan||2nd||2016||Group stage (2016)|
|Thailand||6th||2016||Round of 16 (2012, 2016)|
|Vietnam||2nd||2016||Round of 16 (2016)|
|2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations||Angola||1st||N/A||Debut|
|Morocco||3rd||2016||Group stage (2012, 2016)|
|CONCACAF (Central, North America and Caribbean)
|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)
|2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)||Argentina||9th||2016||Champions (2016)|
|Brazil||9th||2016||Champions (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012)|
|2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup||Solomon Islands||4th||2016||Group stage (2008, 2012, 2016)|
(Hosts + 6 teams)
|2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification (UEFA)||Kazakhstan||3rd||2016||Round of 16 (2016)|
|Portugal||6th||2016||Third place (2000)|
|RFU[Note RUS]||7th||2016||Runners-up (2016)|
|Spain||9th||2016||Champions (2000, 2004)|
|Czech Republic||4th||2012||Round of 16 (2012)|
|Serbia||2nd||2012||Round of 16 (2012)|
- ^ Note RUS: In accordance with the ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a December 2020 decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the team from Russia participated at the tournament as neutral athletes of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and used the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee.
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. Further negotiations should resume in February 2019. 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).
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). Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena) and Panevėžys (Cido Arena) were left out due to accommodation hotel concerns.
|Avia Solutions Group Arena||Žalgiris Arena||Švyturys Arena|
|Capacity: 10,000||Capacity: 13,807||Capacity: 6,200|
The Emblem was launched on 17 January 2020 at the MO Museum in Vilnius.
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.
The official draw was held on 1 June 2021, 17:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams. The hosts Lithuania were automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position A1, while the remaining teams were seeded into their respective pots based on their results in the last five FIFA Futsal World Cups (more recent tournaments weighted more heavily), with bonus points awarded to confederation champions. No group could contain more than one team from each confederation, except there would be one group with two UEFA teams due to there being seven UEFA teams in total.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The following officials were chosen for the tournament.
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.
The schedule of the competition was released on 30 April 2021.
The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.
The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows:
- points obtained in all group matches;
- goal difference in all group matches;
- 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:
- points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- 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;
- drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
All times are local, EEST (UTC+3).
|1||Kazakhstan||3||2||1||0||10||2||+8||7||Advance to the knockout stage|
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
|1||RFU||3||3||0||0||17||3||+14||9||Advance to the knockout stage|
|1||Portugal||3||2||1||0||14||4||+10||7||Advance to the knockout stage|
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||18||2||+16||9||Advance to the knockout stage|
|1||Spain||3||3||0||0||12||3||+9||9||Advance to the knockout stage|
|1||Argentina||3||3||0||0||17||3||+14||9||Advance to the knockout stage|
Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit
|1||C||Thailand||3||1||1||1||11||9||+2||4||Advance to the knockout stage|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.
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.
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|22 September – Kaunas|
|26 September – Vilnius|
|23 September – Kaunas|
|29 September – Kaunas|
|22 September – Vilnius|
|26 September – Kaunas|
|23 September – Vilnius|
|Argentina (p)||1 (5)|
|3 October – Kaunas|
|24 September – Vilnius|
|27 September – Vilnius|
|24 September – Kaunas|
|30 September – Kaunas|
|Portugal (p)||2 (4)|
|24 September – Vilnius|
|Kazakhstan||2 (3)||Third place match|
|27 September – Kaunas||3 October – Kaunas|
|23 September – Kaunas|
- 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:
qualify from groups
Round of 16Edit
Third place matchEdit
| FIFA Futsal World Cup|
There were 301 goals scored in 52 matches, for an average of 5.79 goals per match.
- Adolfo Fernández
- Alan Brandi
- Ivan Chishkala
- Cristian Borruto
- Ángel Claudino
- Mostafa Eid
- Saeid Ahmadabbasi
- Arthur Oliveira
- Douglas Júnior
- Soufiane El Mesrar
- André Coelho
- Jovan Lazarević
- Ikhtiyor Ropiev
- Santiago Basile
- Leandro Cuzzolino
- Lukáš Rešetár
- Michal Seidler
- Ahmad Esmaeilpour
- Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh
- Mahdi Javid
- Shota Hoshi
- Dauren Tursagulov
- Bruno Coelho
- Sergei Abramov
- Artem Antoshkin
- Artem Niyazov
- Dragan Tomić
- Raúl Campos
- Jirawat Sornwichian
- Suphawut Thueanklang
- Khusniddin Nishonov
- Anaskhon Rakhmatov
- Damián Stazzone
- Constantino Vaporaki
- Daniel Gómez
- Milinton Tijerino
- Alan Aguilar
- Marvin Sandoval
- Moslem Oladghobad
- Farhad Tavakoli
- Ryosuke Nishitani
- Arnold Knaub
- Dauren Nurgozhin
- Justinas Zagurskas
- Bilal Bakkali
- Youssef Jouad
- Abdiel Castrellón
- Julio Mareco
- Juan Salas
- Erick Mendonça
- Fábio Cecílio
- Zicky Té
- Stefan Rakić
- Elliot Ragomo
- Raúl Gómez
- Carlos Ortiz
- Jetsada Chudech
- Luciano González
- Ilhomjon Hamroev
- Alfredo Vidal
- Châu Đoàn Phát
- Lucas Bolo
- Maximiliano Rescia
- Pablo Taborda
- Jefferson Lé
- Vinícius Rocha
- Juan Cordero
- Pablo Rodríguez
- Michal Holý
- Radim Záruba
- Abdelrahman El-Ashwal
- Mohamed Mansour
- Tarek Shoola
- Roman Alvarado
- Fernando Campaignac
- José Mansilla
- Patrick Ruiz
- Wanderley Ruiz
- Hamid Ahmadi
- Farhad Fakhimzadeh
- Katsutoshi Henmi
- Ryuta Hoshi
- Yuki Murota
- Kazuya Shimizu
- Albert Akbalikov
- Leo Higuita
- Birzhan Orazov
- Chingiz Yessenamanov
- Genaras Samsonik
- Soufiane Borite
- Otmane Boumezou
- Anas El Ayyane
- Idriss El Fenni
- Achraf Saoud
- Claudio Goodridge
- Alfonso Maquensi
- Arnaldo Baez
- Francisco Martínez
- Richard Rejala
- Tiago Brito
- Andrei Afanasyev
- Yanar Asadov
- Ruslan Kudziev
- Ivan Milovanov
- Lazar Milosavljević
- Strahinja Petrov
- Marko Radovanović
- Miloš Stojković
- Elis Mana
- Marlon Sia
- Borja Díaz
- Adri Martínez
- José Raya
- Francisco Solano
- Marc Tolrà
- Peerapat Kaewwilai
- Nawin Rattanawongsawat
- Kritsada Wongkaeo
- Mashrab Adilov
- Davron Choriev
- Dilshod Rakhmatov
- Milton Francia
- Rafael Morillo
- Carlos Sanz
- Jesús Viamonte
- Khổng Đình Hùng
- Nguyễn Đắc Huy
- Nguyễn Minh Trí
- Nguyễn Văn Hiếu
- Phạm Đức Hòa
1 own goal
- Guitta (against Kazakhstan)
- Abdelrahman El-Ashwal (against RFU)
- Walter Enriquez (against Uzbekistan)
- Alireza Samimi (against Kazakhstan)
- Ryuta Hoshi (against Angola)
- Minami Kato (against Brazil)
- Taynan (against Brazil)
- Vladimir Derendiajev (against Costa Rica)
- João Matos (against Serbia)
- Miodrag Aksentijević (against Argentina)
- Marlon Sia (against Portugal)
- José Raya (against Portugal)
- Chaivat Jamgrajang (against Kazakhstan)
Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.
|5||RFU||5||4||1||0||21||6||+15||13||Eliminated in Quarter-finals|
|9||Venezuela||4||2||1||1||6||5||+1||7||Eliminated in Round of 16|
|17||Costa Rica||3||1||0||2||7||9||–2||3||Eliminated in Group stage|
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