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.