Iran national futsal team

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.

Iran
Nickname(s)Team Melli Futsal
(Persian: تیم ملی فوتسال ایران)
"The National Futsal Team"
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachMohammad Nazemosharia
CaptainAli Asghar Hassanzadeh
Most capsAli Asghar Hassanzadeh (297)
Top scorerVahid Shamsaei (392)
Home stadiumAzadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
FIFA ranking6 (12 May 2020)[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
Appearances7 (First in 1992)
Best resultMed 3.png Third Place (1): 2016
AFC Futsal Championship
Appearances15 (all) (First in 1999)
Best resultMed 1.png Champions (12): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2018
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances2 (First in 2007)
Best resultMed 1.png Champions (2): 2007, 2012
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2009)
Best resultMed 1.png Champions (1): 2009
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances7 (First in 2007)
Best resultMed 2.png Runners-up (3): 2007, 2009, 2015

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 stadiumEdit

Iran plays the home games at the Azadi Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 6,583 spectators.

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

NicknamesEdit

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 recordsEdit

*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 CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
  1989 Did not enter Did not enter
  1992 Fourth place 8 5 0 3 36 30 +6 15 2 2 0 0 25 8
  1996 Round 1 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3 4 4 0 0 47 8
  2000 Round 1 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3 Qualification via AFC Futsal Championship
  2004 Round 1 3 1 0 2 9 13 -4 3
  2008 Round 2 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14
  2012 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7
  2016 Third Place 7 2 3 2 22 24 -2 9
  2021 To be determined
Total 7/9 35 16 6 13 118 116 +2 54 6 6 0 0 72 16

Asian ChampionshipEdit

Asian Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
  1999 Champions 6 6 0 0 90 7 +83 18 Automatic Qualification
  2000 Champions 6 6 0 0 56 10 +46 18
  2001 Champions 7 7 0 0 97 13 +84 21
  2002 Champions 6 6 0 0 61 7 +54 18
  2003 Champions 6 6 0 0 60 13 +47 18
  2004 Champions 7 7 0 0 81 12 +69 21
  2005 Champions 8 6 1 1 58 15 +43 19
  2006 Third place 5 4 0 1 46 12 +34 12
  2007 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 9 +41 18
  2008 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 2 +46 18
  2010 Champions 6 6 0 0 57 9 +48 18
  2012 Third place 6 5 0 1 45 9 +36 15
  2014 Runners-up 6 5 1 0 52 8 +44 16
  2016 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 4 +44 18
  2018 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 6 +44 18 2 2 0 0 20 4
  2021 Qualified 2 2 0 0 12 3
Total 15/15 93 88 2 3 899 136 +763 266 4 4 0 0 36 7

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts GamesEdit

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
  2005* Champions 5 5 0 0 41 3 +38 15
  2007* Champions 7 7 0 0 73 12 +61 21
  2009* Champions 5 4 1 0 64 7 +57 13
  2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 43 9 +34 15
  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 FutsalEdit

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

Confederations CupEdit

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

West Asian ChampionshipEdit

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
  2007 Champions* 3 3 0 0 21 4 +17 9
  2009 Did not enter
  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.[4]

Results and fixturesEdit

Previous matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2019
23 October 2019 (2019-10-23) Ghadir Arena, Urmia   Turkmenistan AFC Futsal Championship 2020 qualification 4 – 0 W Hassanzadeh 3', Javid 18', Sähedow 27' o.g, Karimi 34' Report
25 October 2019 (2019-10-25) Ghadir Arena, Urmia   Kyrgyzstan AFC Futsal Championship 2020 qualification 8 – 3 W Javid 13' - 18' - 39', Karimi 10' - 32', Ahmadi 2', Hassanzadeh 7', Nematian 15' Report
1 December 2019 (2019-12-01) Shahid Beheshti Arena, Mashhad   Slovakia Mashhad Cup 5 – 5 D Sangsefidi2, Ahmadi, Tavakoli, Ahmadabbasi Report
3 December 2019 (2019-12-03) Shahid Beheshti Arena, Mashhad   Belarus Mashhad Cup 2 – 3 L Javid, Hassanzadeh Report
4 December 2019 (2019-12-04) Shahid Beheshti Arena, Mashhad   Slovakia Friendly 6 – 3 W Bahadori3, Tayyebi2, Karimi Report
2020
7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) Uzbekistan Stadium, Tashkent   Uzbekistan Friendly 2 – 1 W Nematian 9', Ebrahimi 13' Report
9 October 2020 (2020-10-09) Uzbekistan Stadium, Tashkent   Uzbekistan Friendly 3 – 2 W Ebrahimi 9', Anorov 19' (o.g), Karimi 23' Report

Forthcoming matchesEdit

Date Competition Location Opponent
2020
6 - 9 December# FIFA official match day
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2021
25 January – 3 February# FIFA official match day
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1 – 10 March# FIFA official match day
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24 March 2020 AFC Futsal Championship   Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City   Saudi Arabia
26 March 2020 AFC Futsal Championship   Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City   South Korea
28 March 2020 AFC Futsal Championship   Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City   Thailand
5 – 14 April# FIFA official match day
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  2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup
12 September – 3 October
hosted by:   Lithuania[5]
2022 AFC Futsal Championship qualification
13 – 24 October[6]
hosted by: hosted by: TBD
14 – 17 November# FIFA official match day
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13 – 22 December# FIFA official match day
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2022
2022 AFC Futsal Championship
16 – 27 February[6]
hosted by: hosted by: TBD
4 – 13 April# FIFA official match day
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12 – 21 September# FIFA official match day
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3 – 12 October# FIFA official match day
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6 – 9 November# FIFA official match day
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2023
27 February – 8 March# FIFA official match day
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10 – 19 April# FIFA official match day
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11 – 20 September# FIFA official match day
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2 – 11 October# FIFA official match day
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11 – 20 December# FIFA official match day
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2024
2024 AFC Futsal Championship
29 January – 11 February
hosted by: hosted by: TBD
8 – 17 April# FIFA official match day
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  2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup
14 September – 6 October
hosted by: TBD
3 – 6 November# FIFA official match day
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9 – 18 December# FIFA official match day
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#FIFA International match days 2020-2024[7]

Coaching staffEdit

Head coach   Mohammad Nazemasharieh
Assistant coach   Mohammad Hashemzadeh
Goalkeeping coach   Michael Petros
Fitness coach   Jalil Doran
Supervisor   Mohammad Karimian
Physiotherapist   Akbar Rezaei

Last updated: July 14, 2020

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Match date: 8 – 11 August 2019 [8]
Opposition: Tehran Camp
Caps and goals correct as of:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
FP Saeid Afshar (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 (age 28)   Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr
1GK Mohammad Navidbakhsh   Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr
FP Mohsen Montazami (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 30)   Cosmo FC Jakarta
FP Ehsan Soheili Moghaddam   Moghavemat Alborz
FP Peyman Sarlak (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 29)   Kremlin-Bicêtre United
FP Rahman Sarani   Farsh Ara Mashhad
FP Behzad Azimi   Farsh Ara Mashhad
1GK Farhad Ebrahimi (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 (age 20)   Ahoora Behbahan
FP Shahab Talebi (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 (age 26)   Melli Haffari
FP Sajjad Masihi (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 32)   Ahoora Behbahan
1GK Saeid Torabideh Free Agent
FP Ahmad Esmaeilpour (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 32)   Shenzhen Nanling
1GK Farid Naderi Free Agent
FP Hamid Reza Rahanjam (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 26)   Naft Al-Wasat
FP Taha Nematian (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 25)   Sunich Saveh
FP Mahdi Karimi (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 23)   Sunich Saveh
FP Alireza Javan (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 25)   Sunich Saveh
FP Poriya Golshani (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 26)   Azarakhsh

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 23)   Shahrdari Qazvin Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Mahdi Mostafaei (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 29) Free Agent Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Eshagh Sourghali (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 (age 29)   Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Danial Givili (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 25)   Naam Avaran Resalat Sari Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Majid Hajibandeh (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 29)   Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr Tehran Camp, 15 – 17 September 2018
Majid Khazaei (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 28)   Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 5–7 October 2018
Saeid Ghalandari (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 (age 31)   Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 5–7 October 2018
Saeid Belbasi (1987-08-15) 15 August 1987 (age 33) Free Agent Tehran Camp, 12–14 October 2018
GK Abolfazl Shahbazi (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 23)   Parsian Shahr-e Qods Tehran Camp, 12–14 October 2018
Ghodrat Bahadori (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 32)   Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 24–26 November 2018
GK Alireza Samimi (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 33)   Mes Sungun Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Tohid Lotfi (1998-12-10) 10 December 1998 (age 21)   Mes Sungun Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Mahdi Javid (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 33)   Mes Sungun Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Mehran Alighadr (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 31)   Giti Pasand Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Mohsen Mohammadzadeh (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 25)   Melli Haffari Tehran Camp, 12–14 January 2019
Saeid Momeni (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 27)   Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Morteza Ezzati (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 27)   Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Hadi Ahmadi Free Agent Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
GK Sina Parkas (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 28)   Shahrvand Sari Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Mohammad Hossein Derakhshani (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 27)   Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Saeid Sarvari (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 27)   Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Mehdi Zahedi (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 29)   Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Moslem Oladghobad (1995-11-29) 29 November 1995 (age 25)   Mes Sungun Vs.   Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Mohammad Shajari (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 29)   Mes Sungun Vs.   Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Mohammad Reza Sangsefidi (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 31)   Giti Pasand Vs.   Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Abolghasem Orouji (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 30)   Mes Sungun Vs.   Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Hamid Ahmadi (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 32)   Giti Pasand Vs.   Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 33)   Giti Pasand Vs.   Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
GK Sajjad Babaei (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 25)   Melli Haffari Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
GK Masoud Mohammadi (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 29)   Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Ali Rostami   Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Jafar Najafi   Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Ruhollah Isari (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 28)   Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Morad Nazeri (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 25)   Shahrvand Sari Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Ali Morovati   Sunich Saveh Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Amin Nasrollahzadeh (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 28)   Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Mehrdad Ghanbarzadeh (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 29)   Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Salar Aghapour (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 20)   Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
GK Sepehr Mohammadi (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 31)   Gazprom-Ugra Yugorsk Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Saeid Ahmadabbasi (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 28)   Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
GK Ali Rahimi (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 24)   Moghavemat Alborz Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Meysam Khayyam (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 28)   Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Alireza Rafieipour (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 27)   SKN FC Kebumen Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Amin Majidipour (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 27)   Setaregan Varamin Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Mohammad Najafzangi   Setaregan Varamin Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Hossein Tayyebi (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 32)   Benfica Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
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 squadsEdit

First SquadEdit

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Iran captainsEdit

World Cup captainsEdit

# 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 captainsEdit

# Matches as captain (goals) Player Asian Championship played as captain
1 Malaysia 1999
2 Thailand 2000
3 Iran 2001
4 Mohammad Reza Heidarian Indonesia 2002
5 6 (7) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Iran 2003
6 7 (4) 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
14 6 (12) Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Chinese Taipei 2018

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Futsal World Ranking
  2. ^ اولین تیم رسمی فوتسال ایران (عکس)
  3. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 October 2006.
  4. ^ a b http://www.futsalworldranking.be/tournament/waff07.htm
  5. ^ Bureau of the FIFA Council decisions on FIFA events
  6. ^ a b AFC Competitions Calendar From 2019-01-01 to 2022-12-31
  7. ^ "FIFA futsal international match calendar 2016-2020" (PDF). FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  8. ^ دعوت ۱۸ بازیکن به اردوی تیم ملی فوتسال
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)
2018 (twelfth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent