Liga Nacional de Futsal
The Liga Nacional de Futsal is the premier futsal league in Brazil, and was created in 1996 with the purpose of setting up a championship with the best futsal teams of the country, corresponding to the Brazilian Football Championship Série A. It is organized by the Brazilian Futsal Confederation (CBFS).
|Number of teams||21 (2020)|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Taça do Brasil do Futsal|
|International cup(s)||South American Club Futsal Championship|
|Current champions|| Pato Futsal (2nd title) |
|Most championships||Carlos Barbosa (5 titles)|
|Current: 2020 Liga Futsal|
The league was created in 1996, with the aim to improve the most important Brazilian clubs and help the growth of the sport in the country. The league was inspired by the American basketball league (NBA). On April 27, 1996, the Liga Futsal started.
To be eligible to participate in the league, there are three options available: buy a franchise, be appointed by a company which owns a franchise, or be invited by the league. It is necessary to send a proposal to the Liga Futsal, which will analyze and decide if the team's participation will be accepted, in a general assembly involving all the franchise representatives. Currently, a franchise is worth R$ 300,000.00.
In 2007 the total prize money was R$ 75,000.00. The winner, besides being awarded R$ 50,000.00 (the runner-up was awarded R$ 25,000.00), won a scudetto, created by the CBFS and represented Brazil in two international competitions (South American Club Futsal Championship and Intercontinental Futsal Cup). The competition organizers also reserved R$ 1,237 million to cover expenses such as transportation, accommodation, food provision and referee taxes for the clubs which participated at least two times in the competition.
The following 21 clubs are competing in the Liga Futsal during the 2020 season.
Records and statisticsEdit
|Team||Winner||Runner-up||Years won||Years runner-up|
|Carlos Barbosa||5||3||2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2015||1998, 2003, 2011|
|Jaraguá||4||2||2005, 2007, 2008, 2010||2006, 2009|
|Ulbra||3||3||1998, 2002, 2003||2001, 2004, 2008|
|Intelli||2||2||2012, 2013||2014, 2015|
|Atlético Mineiro||2||1||1997, 1999||2000|
|Pato Futsal||2||0||2018, 2019||—|
|Magnus Futsal[note 1]||1||2||2014||2016, 2019|
|Vasco da Gama||1||0||2000||—|
|Vasco da Gama||0||1||—||1996|
|Minas Tênis Clube||0||1||—||2002|
|Rio Grande do Sul||9||10|
|Rio de Janeiro||1||1|
- Magnus Futsal was known as Futsal Brasil Kirin from 2014 until 2016.