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. According to the Futsal World Ranking, it is ranked 5th in the world, and 1st amongst Asian Football Confederation members.

Iran
Flag of Iran.svg
Nickname(s)Team Melli
(Persian: تیم ملی )
"The National Team", Cheetahs
(Persian: یوزها)
(Persian: شیرهای ایرانی)
"Iranian Lions"
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachVahid Shamsaei
CaptainHossein Tayyebi
Most capsAli Asghar Hassanzadeh (297)
Top scorerVahid Shamsaei (392)
Home stadiumAzadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
FIFA ranking6 (12 march 2023)[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
Appearances8 (all non-selective) (First in 1992)
Best resultBronze Third Place (2016) 4th place (1992)
AFC Futsal Asian Cup
Appearances16 (all) (First in 1999)
Best resultGold Champions (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2018)

Silver Runners up (2014, 2022)

Bronze Third Place (2006, 2012)
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances2 (First in 2007)
Best resultGold Champions (2007, 2012)
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (First in 2009, 2022)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg Champions (2009)
Silver medal with cup.svg Runners up (2022)
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances7 (First in 2007)
Best result2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2007, 2009, 2015)

3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Third Place (2013, 2014)

4th place (2010, 2011)

The Iranian national team is a regular participant of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, reaching third place in 2016, after eliminating the favorites, Brazil, in the round of 16.[3] Iran has 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.

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

The Iranian national team has received several nicknames from supporters and media. The most common one used to refer the team is "Team Melli", which literally means "The National Team". Also, "Cheetahs" are often used due to the existence of cheetahs in Iran. The picture of a cheetah is on the home kit of Iran helping to support and protect them.[4]

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

Results and fixturesEdit

Previous matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Match report
2022
10 April 2022 Gazprom Sports Complex, Bishkek   Maldives 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup qualification 17–0 W Aghapour 5' - 15', Derakhshani 6', Tayyebi 11' - 25' - 26', Karimi 20', Ahmadabbasi 20' - 20' - 23' - 33' - 33', Kadkhodaei 34' - 35', Yousef 37' - 37', Rafieipour 38'
11 April 2022 Gazprom Sports Complex, Bishkek   Turkmenistan 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W Tayyebi 12', Ahmadabbasi 20', Baýramdurdyýew 38' (o.g.)
12 April 2022 Gazprom Sports Complex, Bishkek   Kyrgyzstan 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup qualification 8–1 W Tayyebi 14', Ezzati 14', Rafieipour 30' - 31', Derakhshani 34', Kadkhodaei 36', Abbasi 37', Yousef 40'
11 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok   Finland Continental Futsal Championship 2–1 W Aghapour, Oladghobad
13 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok   Vietnam Continental Futsal Championship 3–1 W Javan2, Karimi
15 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok   Thailand Continental Futsal Championship 3–2 W Derakhshani, Ahmadabbasi, Aghapour
16 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok   Morocco Continental Futsal Championship 3–4 L Ahmadabbasi, Tayyebi2
28 September 2022 Saad Al Abdullah Hall, Kuwait City   Indonesia 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup 5–0 W Ahmadabbasi 2' - 22',Oladghobad 2',Asadshir 9',Tayyebi 24' Report
(AFC)
30 September 2022 Saad Al Abdullah Hall, Kuwait City   Chinese Taipei 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup 10–1 W Bazyar 2',Tayyebi 3' - 16' - 36',Ahmadabbasi 4' - 16' - 18',Aghapour 22',Javan 28',Karimi 35' Report
(AFC)
2 October 2022 Saad Al Abdullah Hall, Kuwait City   Lebanon 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup 9–0 W Aghapour 8' - 32',Tayyebi 17' - 39',Rhyem 17' (o.g.),Oladghobad 19',Jafari 21',Karimi 28',Bazyar 27' Report
(AFC)

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Head coach   Vahid Shamsaei
Assistant coaches   Shahabeddin Sofalmanesh
  Siamak Dadashi
Goalkeeping coach   Asghar Ghahremani
Supervisor   Abolfazl Karimian
Doctor   Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Physiotherapist   Meysam Shirzad
Masseur   Hamed Masoumi
Procurement   Hassan Faraji Ghaleh Shahrokhi
Media director   Amir Khosravi
Guard   Reza Mobaraki

Last updated: 2 October 2022

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Sina Parkas (1992-08-17)17 August 1992 (aged 30)   Sunich
2 1GK Saeid Momeni (1992-11-23)23 November 1992 (aged 29)   Crop
3 2DF Mehdi Asadshir   Sunich
4 2DF Alireza Rafieipour (1993-10-09)9 October 1993 (aged 28)   Crop
5 3MF Mohammad Hossein Derakhshani (1993-04-01)1 April 1993 (aged 29)   Giti Pasand
6 3MF Bahman Jafari   Farsh Ara
7 3MF Mehdi Karimi (1997-01-28)28 January 1997 (aged 25)   Giti Pasand
8 3MF Moslem Oladghobad (1995-11-29)29 November 1995 (aged 26)   Palma
9 4FW Saeid Ahmadabbasi (1992-07-31)31 July 1992 (aged 30)   Valdepeñas
10 4FW Hossein Tayyebi (captain) (1988-09-29)29 September 1988 (aged 33)   Palma
11 4FW Alireza Javan (1995-02-02)2 February 1995 (aged 27)   Crop
12 4FW Salar Aghapour (2000-03-07)7 March 2000 (aged 22)   Mes Sungun
13 3MF Mohammad Hossein Bazyar (2003-11-29)29 November 2003 (aged 18)  Sanaye Poshtiban
14 3MF Hamzeh Kadkhodaei (1997-02-02)2 February 1997 (aged 25)   Mes Sungun

Previous squadsEdit

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

AFC Futsal Asian CupEdit

Notable playersEdit

CaptainsEdit

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

# 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

AFC Futsal Asian CupEdit

# Matches as captain (goals) Player Asian Championship played as captain
1 Babak Masoumi Malaysia 1999
2 Babak Masoumi Thailand 2000
3 Mohammad Reza Heidarian 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
15 6 (12) Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Chinese Taipei 2018
16 6 (10) Hossein Tayyebi Kuwait 2022

Competitive recordEdit

*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 Futsal World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
  1989 did not enter did not enter
  1992 Fourth Place 4th 8 5 0 3 36 30 +6 15 2 2 0 0 25 8
  1996 First round 11th 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3 4 4 0 0 47 8
  2000 First round 10th 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3 Qualified as 2000 Asian Champions
  2004 First round 11th 3 1 0 2 9 13 -4 3 Qualified as 2004 Asian Champions
  2008 Second round 5th 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14 Qualified as 2008 Asian Champions
  2012 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7 Qualified as 2012 Asian Third Place
  2016 Third Place 3rd 7 2 3 2 22 24 -2 9 Qualified as 2016 Asian Champions
  2021 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 19 17 +2 9 Nominated by AFC
  2024 to be determined Qualification via 2024 Asian Cup
Total Third Place 8/9 40 19 6 15 137 133 +4 63 6 6 0 0 72 16

AFC Futsal Asian CupEdit

AFC Futsal Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
  1999 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 90 7 +83 18 No Qualification
  2000 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 56 10 +46 18
  2001 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 97 13 +84 21
  2002 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 61 7 +54 18
  2003 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 60 13 +47 18
  2004 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 81 12 +69 21
  2005 Champions 1st 8 6 1 1 58 15 +43 19
  2006 Third Place 3rd 5 4 0 1 46 12 +34 12 Qualified as 2005 Champions
  2007 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 50 9 +41 18 Qualified as 2006 Third Place
  2008 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 48 2 +46 18 Qualified as 2007 Champions
  2010 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 57 9 +48 18 Qualified as 2008 Champions
  2012 Third Place 3rd 6 5 0 1 45 9 +36 15 Qualified as 2010 Champions
  2014 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 52 8 +44 16 Qualified as 2012 Third Place
  2016 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 48 4 +44 18 Qualified as 2014 Runners-up
  2018 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 50 6 +44 18 2 2 0 0 20 4
  2020 Qualified but tournament cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia 2 2 0 0 12 3
  2022 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 39 5 +34 15 3 3 0 0 28 1
  2024 to be determined
Total 12 titles 16/16 99 93 2 4 938 141 +797 281 7 7 0 0 60 8

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts GamesEdit

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
  2005* Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 41 3 +38 15
  2007* Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 73 12 +61 21
  2009* Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 64 7 +57 13
  2013 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 43 9 +34 15
  2017 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 58 11 +47 18
  2023 to be determined
  2025
Total 5 titles 5/5 28 27 1 0 279 42 +237 82
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[5]

Grand Prix de FutsalEdit

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

Futsal Confederations CupEdit

Futsal Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
  2009 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12
  2013 did not enter
  2014 did not qualify
  2022 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 11 8 +3 9
Total 1 title 2/4 8 7 0 1 26 12 +14 21

West Asian ChampionshipEdit

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
  2007* Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 21 4 +17 9
  2009 did not enter
  2012 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 40 6 +34 12
2022–onwards Not a WAFF member
Total 2 titles 2/4 7 7 0 0 61 10 +51 21
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[5]

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. ^ "Iran To Restore Asiatic Cheetah Design To World Cup Kit". ifpnews.com. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Futsalworldranking.be".
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
Preceded by Asian Champions
2007 (eighth title)
2008 (ninth title)
2010 (tenth title)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Asian Champions
2016 (eleventh title)
2018 (twelfth title)
Succeeded by