Futsal

Short History

     Futsal started in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani, a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, created a version of football for recreation in YMCAs, and a rule book was published in 1933. The YMCA spread the game immediately throughout South America. It was easily played by everyone, everywhere, and in any weather condition, without any difficulty, helping players to stay in shape all year round. But, the rules were not uniform. In 1956, the rules were modified by Habib Maphuz and Luiz Gonzaga de Oliveira Fernandes within the YMCA of São Paulo, Brazil to allow seniors to compete. In 1965, the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol de Salón was formed and the first international competition was the South American Cup in the same year.
     The sport began to spread across South America, and its popularity ensured the formation of a governing body in São Paulo in 1971, under the name of Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA). The first World Championships were held in São Paulo, in 1982. The Federation then began to work to bring the big event to Europe, and in 1985, the second World Cup was organized in Madrid. FIFA also wanted to promote and spread its own version of indoor football. When the Brazilian federation broke away from FIFUSA, another federation founded the Confederación Panamericana de Futbol de Salon (PANAFUTSAL), and in 2002, formed Asociacion Mundial de Futsal (AMF). FIFA and AMF continue to administer the game.

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