Brazil Claims Four Titles At The World Futsal Cup VII

Brazil sent an unprecedented 12 teams to the World Futsal Cup VII in Barcelona and it paid dividends as their clubs won four out of the five titles with locals FC Barcelona claiming the remaining cup. From the moment the championships kicked off with the opening ceremony it was a real festival of futsal which only ended once the clubs began their journeys home.

These fascinating championships saw over 1000 goals scored over the four days of competition and five age categories. Clubs from across the world had accepted the unique and rare opportunity to test their ability against some of the best youth teams and players anywhere on the planet. The level of play witnessed on court reflected this.

Every team competed in five games which provided a strong challenge with the possibility of facing a Japanese team one moment and then a side from England in your next fixture. The players and coaches were required to quickly adapt to different styles of play and strategies as every game counted.

After the initial group phase all the teams qualified for the semi-finals in either the Gold or Silver Division, meaning they were just two victories away from returning home with silverware. The overall winners of the championships, those taking the five titles in the Gold Division, were Sport & CIA, FC Barcelona, Magnus Futsal, Rio De Janeiro Futsal Academy and SC Corinthians.

As well as the futsal experience, the participants were also able to enjoy mixing with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and making new friends as all the teams were accommodated together in the two official tournament hotels. The championships ended with the obligatory party for the participants to cement the new relationships they had formed and to relax and reflect after an intense few days of high level futsal.

Every year the World Futsal Cup has grown and drawn more interest from clubs and fans of the sport around the world. 2019 is sure to continue this trend and preparations, both for the clubs hoping to qualify and the organizers, will soon begin for the World Futsal Cup VIII. Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for more information and updates.

The History & Future of The World Futsal Cup

The World Futsal Cup VII will take place between 27-30 December 2018 as some of the strongest youth teams worldwide congregate near Barcelona to determine who is the best of the best. This article will take a look at what has taken place so far in the history of one of the world’s strongest and most prestigious youth competitions.

The championships first took place back in 2012 in the historic Spanish town of Toledo, a key location in Spanish futsal history. Local club Caja Toledo were one of the founding members of the Spanish League in 1989, becoming champions a few years later and was the former team of local boy Javier Lozano, 2-time World Cup winning coach with Spain and current Spanish League President.

The next year the tournament moved north to Blanes, a town on the picturesque Costa Brava, where it remains today. It provided the perfect combination of offering the tranquility of the Mediterranean coast whilst being a short trip to Barcelona, a hotbed for both soccer and futsal. Further, it had the attraction of a world class indoor arena considered one of the best in the whole of Spain and perfectly suited for a championships of this stature. It offers six full size futsal courts all with ample spectator seating.

One of the biggest sporting institutions in the world, FC Barcelona, have been the undoubted force in World Futsal Cup history having participated from the beginning. After claiming two trophies at that first edition six years ago, they have gone on to win 15 of the total 26 trophies that have been contested. Rivas ’95 from Madrid and Santos from Brazil are the only other clubs to have won more than one title.

The tournament attracts clubs from all over the globe having featured participants from futsal powerhouses such as Brazil, Italy, Russia and Colombia. These have been complemented by those from less established futsal nations such as Australia, USA, England, Japan and, debuting in 2018, Germany.

Only three countries outside Spain and Brazil have had champions being USA with World United, England through Ole Futsal Academy and Holland and their representative FC Marlene. Spain's domination will be under threat in this year’s edition as Brazil have sent an unprecedented 13 teams to compete against the host’s representatives as well as strong sides from other nations.

This event is not only about teams but also player development and the success of developing nations in claiming individual awards shows that, although they may not have the strength in depth of Brazil and Spain, they are more than capable of producing outstanding individuals. In 2017, 7 of the 15 individual awards went to players from countries outside those two powerhouses.

But the World Futsal Cup is not about the past, it is about the future. It provides a platform for young talent to learn from competing against the best in an elite environment and showcase their ability in front of crowds that include key figures from the professional game. It is an event where history is written but, more importantly, we glimpse the future of the sport.