The U.S. Futsal Nationwide Group is competing on the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the primary time since 2008. After the event was postponed from fall 2020 because of the international COVID-19 pandemic, the competitors is about to run Sept. 12 to Oct. 3 in three cities throughout the jap European nation.
First, a fast primer: futsal is a sport derived from soccer and performed with 4 subject gamers and a goalkeeper on a basketball-style court docket, with no partitions and a smaller, low-bouncing ball. Rewarding excessive technical skill and fast selections in tight areas, video games include two 20-minute halves, with the clock stopping when the ball goes out of play and on fouls. On the World Cup, FIFA may even make the most of Video Service (VS) for the primary time, the place coaches could problem choose referee selections for video overview.
HISTORY OF THE FIFA FUTSAL WORLD CUP
The primary FIFA Futsal World Cup was held in January 1989 within the Netherlands with 16 invited groups. Brazil defeated the Netherlands to win the title and the USA beat Belgium for the bronze medal. The subsequent event was held in 1992, the place the USA completed second to Brazil.
Since then, the World Cup has been performed each 4 years with every confederation holding a qualifying event. The World Cup subject elevated to twenty groups in 2008 and to 24 groups in 2012. Brazil has reached the rostrum in seven of the primary eight World Cups, profitable 5. Spain is subsequent with two titles and 6 finishes within the prime three. In 2016, Argentina grew to become simply the third nation to win the Futsal World Cup:
Yr (location): Winner, Second Place, Third place:
1989 (Netherlands): Brazil, Netherlands, USA
1992 (Hong Kong): Brazil, USA, Spain
1996 (Spain): Brazil, Spain, Russia
2000 (Guatemala): Spain, Brazil, Portugal
2004 (Taiwan): Spain, Italy, Brazil
2008 (Brazil): Brazil, Spain, Italy
2012 (Thailand): Brazil, Spain, Italy
2016 (Colombia): Argentina, Russia, Iran
USA AT THE FUTSAL WORLD CUP
The U.S. is competing in its sixth FIFA Futsal World Cup and first since 2008. The workforce didn’t qualify in 2000, 2012 and 2016.
1989: The USA’s first Futsal World Cup workforce included future outside World Cup gamers Tab Ramos, Steve Trittschuh, Peter Vermes, David Vanole, Michael Windishmann, Eric Eichmann and Bruce Murray, amongst different proficient indoor and outside gamers. After drawing with Australia to open the event, the USA defeated Zimbabwe, Italy, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil earlier than falling to the Netherlands within the semifinal. The U.S. beat Belgium 3-2 within the third-place match to take residence the bronze medal.
1992: Behind stars from the U.S. indoor leagues like goalkeeper Victor Nogueira, Ted Eck, Jim Gabarra and Dale Ervine, plus future World Cup gamers Jeff Agoos and Fernando Clavijo, the USA defeated Russia, China and Argentina, tied Brazil and the Netherlands, and beat Iran within the semifinals earlier than falling to Brazil within the ultimate. The second-place end is the very best for a male U.S. Nationwide Group at a FIFA competitors.
1996: Nogueira, Frank Klopas, Dennis Brose, Franklin McIntosh and firm performed two aggressive matches early, however dropped every with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay and 4-2 to Italy. Although the workforce didn’t advance to the knockout spherical, it completed group play with a 10-2 win over Malaysia, nonetheless a workforce file for targets and margin of victory at a World Cup.
2004: Former MLS gamers Johnny Torres, John Ball, Sean Bowers and Jamar Beasley fashioned a part of the core of the workforce that might advance out of the preliminary group stage with a win towards Paraguay and tie with Japan. Within the knockout group stage, the workforce battled however misplaced all three matches: 2-1 to Argentina, 3-1 to Ukraine and 8-5 to Brazil.
2008: Beasley and Pat Morris have been the lone holdovers from the 2004 World Cup and have been joined by future MLS participant Andrew Jacobson. The event was a disappointment for the U.S. because the workforce misplaced all three group matches to Paraguay, Italy and Thailand.
The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup subject is made up of 24 groups for a 3rd consecutive event, divided into six teams of 4. The highest two groups in every group after spherical robin play will advance to the Spherical of 16, as will the 4 finest third-place groups. The knockout stage is single elimination, with time beyond regulation and penalty kicks if wanted. The teams are as follows:
Group A: Lithuania, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica
Group B: Russia (Soccer Union), Egypt, Uzbekistan, Guatemala
Group C: Portugal, Morocco, Solomon Islands, Thailand
Group D: Brazil, Czech Republic, Panama, Vietnam
Group E: Spain, Japan, Angola, Paraguay
Group F: Argentina, USA, Serbia, Iran
DIFFICULT DRAW IN GROUP F
Tuesday, Sept. 14 vs Argentina | Vilnius Enviornment in Vilnius, Lithuania
8 p.m. native, 1 p.m. ET; FS2, NBC Universo, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fox Sports activities App
Argentina arrives on the World Cup as defending champion and winner of CONMEBOL Futsal World Cup qualifying by beating rival Brazil within the ultimate. Argentina joins Brazil and Spain as the one nations to take part in all 9 World Cups. Matías Lucuix was an assistant coach in 2016 and is now on the helm for Argentina. He brings with him 11 gamers from the 2016 championship workforce, together with Cristian Borruto, who’s competing in his fourth World Cup, Damián Stazzone, who might be enjoying in his third and goalkeeper Nicolas Sarmiento, who was named the event’s finest ‘keeper in 2016. On the Futsal World Cup, the USA defeated Argentina 3-1 in 1989 and 6-2 in 1992, however misplaced 2-1 within the knockout group stage in 2004.
Friday, Sept. 17 vs Iran | Vilnius Enviornment in Vilnius, Lithuania
6 p.m. native, 11 a.m. ET; FS2, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fox Sports activities App
Iran is competing in its eighth straight Futsal World Cup, greater than another Asian nation. This 12 months, Iran was nominated to take part by the Asian Soccer Confederation after the unique qualifying event was canceled. Iran has dominated in regional competitors, profitable the AFC Futsal Championship trophy 12 instances earlier than. Iran made historical past by ending third on the 2016 World Cup, the all time end result by an Asian workforce. A lot of that squad returns in 2021, together with Mahdi Javid, Hossein Tayebi and captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh, four-time AFC Futsal Participant of the Yr. The U.S. topped Iran of their solely assembly, profitable the semifinals of the 1992 FIFA Futsal World Cup 4-2 behind a hat trick from Dale Ervine and one other from Ted Eck.
Monday, Sept. 20 vs Serbia | Klaipeda Enviornment in Klaipeda, Lithuania
8 p.m. native, 1 p.m. ET; FS2, TelemundoDeportes.com; Fox Sports activities App
Serbia clinched one of many ultimate two berths from Europe in a tightly contested playoff vs. Finland after profitable 5 of six video games in the primary qualifying competitors. They’re collaborating of their second Futsal World Cup (2012). The USA and Serbia have by no means confronted off at this event, however have a number of connections. U.S. head coach Dusan Jakica is born in Novi Unhappy, Serbia. He was a professional futsal participant after which coach in Serbia, together with as an assistant with Serbia’s Nationwide Group earlier than transferring to the U.S. in 2015. Serbian gamers Davor Popovic and Dragan Tomic are former college students of Jakica’s. Dusan was Popovic’s robotics instructor at a vocational faculty for mechanical engineering and coached him when he was 15-years outdated. Tomic and Popovic have been on Jakica’s college Nationwide Group on the 2014 European Championships.
REPRESENTING THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Led by head coach Dusan Jakica, the U.S. roster is led by captain and veteran goalkeeper Diego Moretti, who has performed futsal professionally in Italy for the final 17 years. Luciano Gonzalez (Italy) and Tomas Pondeca (France) additionally play futsal in Europe. Gonzalez led the USA with 5 mixed targets and assists on the Concacaf Futsal Championship in Might in Guatemala, whereas the 19-year-old Pondeca, who leads the workforce with six targets throughout the cycle, claimed Younger Participant of the Event honors.
In all, 12 gamers on the roster helped the USA qualify for the 2021 Futsal World Cup in Might in Guatemala- together with all eight goal-scorers. Ala Daniel Mattos is the one participant to return from from the 2016 cycle and 7 play professionally on professional indoor golf equipment within the MASL
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Diego Moretti (Ancona, Italy; Unattached), 11-Robert Damron (Northville, Mich.; Michigan Futsal Manufacturing facility), 12-Estevan Vazquez (Fort Value, Texas; Mesquite Outlaws)
ALAS (7): 3-Jeremy Klepal (Lansing, Mich.; Lansing Metropolis FC), 6-Luciano Gonzalez (Mendoza, Argentina; Citta di Massa C5/ITA), 8-Daniel Mattos (Chicago, Unwell.; Milwaukee Wave), 9-David Ortiz (Dallas, Texas; Dallas Sidekicks), 10-Tomas Pondeca (Dallas, Texas; Paris Acasa/FRA), 14-Diego Bobadilla-Mireles (Holland, Mich.; St. Louis Ambush), 16-Alencar Ventura-Junior (Tewksbury, Mass.; Safira Futsal)
FIXOS (3): 4-Eduardo Buenfil (San Jose, Calif.; Unattached), 5-Julian Escobar (Hicksville, NY; Harrisburg Warmth), 15-Guilherme Veiga (Milwaukee, Wisc.; Milwaukee Wave)
PIVOS (3): 2-Raphael Araujo (Sure Brook, N.J.; NY Ecuador FC), 7-Everson Maciel (Milford, Conn.; Safira Futsal), 13-Zach Reget (Kenosha, Wisc.; Florida Tropics)
Head Coach: Dusan Jakica
Assistant Coaches: Pablo Da Silva, Otto Orf
Efficiency Coach: Daniel Wartner