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2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup
Pasaulio Salės Futbolo Čempionatas Lithuania 2021

Tournament logo
Tournament details
Host country Lithuania
Dates12 September – 3 October
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
2016
2024

The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup will be the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup, the quadrennial international futsal championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament will be held in Lithuania. It will mark the first FIFA tournament ever hosted by Lithuania and the first Futsal World Cup in Europe since 1996, which was held in Spain.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held from 12 September to 4 October 2020 as the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup.However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA announced on 3 April 2020 that a decision would be made whether the tournament would be postponed and rescheduled. On 12 May 2020, FIFA announced that the tournament will be held between 12 September – 3 October 2021, subject to further monitoring.

Argentina are the defending champions.

Host selection

The following countries bid for the tournament:

  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lithuania
  • New Zealand
  • United Arab Emirates

The eight bidders represent the highest ever for the FIFA Futsal World Cup. Since none of these countries have ever hosted the event before, the tournament will be heading to a new location, later shortlisted to four. The Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, the Netherlands, and the United States expressed interest, but eventually did not bid.

The host were originally to be appointed by December 2016, then delayed to December 2017. Costa Rica, Croatia, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates were later eliminated from contention.

The hosts were selected by the FIFA Council on 26 October 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda from the final four candidates: Iran, Japan, Lithuania, and New Zealand. Lithuania was chosen over Iran, Japan and New Zealand as host for the 2020 edition.

Qualification

A total of 24 teams qualify for the final tournament, In addition to Lithuania who qualifies automatically as host, 23 other teams qualify from six separate continental competitions. The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 10 June 2018.

Confederation Qualifying tournament Team Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
AFC (Asia)
(5 teams)
Three teams nominated by AFC, two teams determined by play-offs
(Original championship cancelled)
 Iran 8th 2016 Third place (2016)
 Japan 5th 2012 Round of 16 (2012)
 Uzbekistan 2nd 2016 Group stage (2016)
 Thailand 6th 2016 Round of 16 (2012, 2016)
 Vietnam 2nd 2016 Round of 16 (2016)
CAF (Africa)
(3 teams)
2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations  Angola 1st N/A Debut
 Egypt 7th 2016 Quarter-finals (2016)
 Morocco 3rd 2016 Group stage (2012, 2016)
CONCACAF (Central, North America and Caribbean)
(4 teams)
2021 CONCACAF Futsal Championship
 Costa Rica 5th 2016 Round of 16 (2016)
 Guatemala 5th 2016 Group stage (2000, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Panama 3rd 2016 Round of 16 (2012)
 United States 6th 2008 Runners-up (1992)
CONMEBOL (South America)
(4 teams)
2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)  Argentina 9th 2016 Champions (2016)
 Brazil 9th 2016 Champions (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012)
 Paraguay 7th 2016 Quarter-finals (2016)
 Venezuela 1st N/A Debut
OFC (Oceania)
(1 team)
2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup  Solomon Islands 4th 2016 Group stage (2008, 2012, 2016)
UEFA (Europe)
(Hosts + 6 teams)
Host nation  Lithuania 1st N/A Debut
2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification (UEFA)  Kazakhstan 3rd 2016 Round of 16 (2016)
 Portugal 6th 2016 Third place (2000)
 RFU[Note RUS] 7th 2016 Runners-up (2016)
 Spain 9th 2016 Champions (2000, 2004)
 Czech Republic 4th 2012 Round of 16 (2012)
 Serbia 2nd 2012 Round of 16 (2012)
  1. ^ Note RUS: In accordance with the ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a December 2020 decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the team from Russia will participate in the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup as neutral athletes of the Russian Football Union.

Venues

Lithuania presented three cities – Vilnius (Avia Solutions Group Arena), Kaunas (Žalgiris Arena) and Klaipėda (Švyturys Arena) in their bid to host the event. During press conference on 22 November 2018 it was revealed that the Lithuanian Football Federation would like to expand number of host cities with up to 3 additional locations. Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena), Panevėžys (Cido Arena) and Alytus (Alytus Arena) were named as additional candidates and are currently awaiting for a FIFA delegates inspection to determine their suitability. Further negotiations should resume in February 2019. An inspection was done on 10 May 2019 on all five potential host cities: Vilnius (Siemens Arena), Kaunas (Žalgiris Arena), Klaipėda (Švyturys Arena), Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena) and Panevėžys (Cido Arena).

The final decision was made on 16 October 2019, it will be staged in three cities: Vilnius (Avia Solutions Group Arena), Kaunas (Žalgiris Arena) and Klaipėda (Švyturys Arena). Šiauliai (Šiauliai Arena) and Panevėžys (Cido Arena) were left out due to accommodation hotel concerns.

Vilnius Kaunas Klaipėda
Avia Solutions Group Arena Žalgiris Arena Švyturys Arena
Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 13,807 Capacity: 6,200
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Draw

The official draw was held on 1 June 2021, 17:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams. The hosts Lithuania were automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position A1, while the remaining teams were seeded into their respective pots based on their results in the last five FIFA Futsal World Cups (more recent tournaments weighted more heavily), with bonus points awarded to confederation champions. No group could contain more than one team from each confederation, except there would be one group with two UEFA teams due to there being seven UEFA teams in total.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  •  Lithuania (assigned to A1)
  •  Spain
  •  Brazil
  •  Argentina
  •  RFU
  •  Portugal
  •  Iran
  •  Paraguay
  •  Egypt
  •  Costa Rica
  •  Thailand
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Solomon Islands
  •  Japan
  •  Guatemala
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Serbia
  •  Panama
  •  Morocco
  •  Vietnam
  •  United States
  •  Uzbekistan
  •  Angola
  •  Venezuela

Marketing

The Emblem was launched on 17 January 2020 at the MO Museum in Vilnius.

The emblem highlights two of Lithuania's proudest features: its natural resources and technological expertise. The base of the emblem represents the country's lush, green landscape, decorated with oak leaves. A symbol of strength, the native oak has been venerated in Lithuania for centuries. Following the lines of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Trophy, oaks give way to farmland and meadows in the colours of the Lithuanian flag. The prominence given to the landscape highlights Lithuania's commitment to the preservation of its natural heritage.

The top half of the emblem is inspired by Lithuania's modern technological industries. Lasers shoot skywards towards a stylised futsal pitch as a reminder of the country's accomplishments in the science and high-tech industries.

On 21 September 2020, Ivartito, a stork (which is the national bird of Lithuania since 1973), was unveiled as the official mascot.

Squads

Main article: 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup squads

Each team has to name a preliminary squad of a maximum of 25 players (3 of whom must be goalkeepers). From the preliminary squad, the team has to name a final squad of 14 players (two of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad can be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.

Match Schedule

The match schedule was confirmed by FIFA on 30th April 2021. The final will be staged in the city Kaunas.

Group stage

The schedule of the competition was released on 30 April 2021.

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.

All times are local, EEST (UTC+3).

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Lithuania 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
 Venezuela 0 0 0
 Kazakhstan 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
 Costa Rica 0 0 0


12 September 2021 (2021-09-12)
Lithuania  Match 1  Venezuela Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas
12 September 2021 (2021-09-12)
Kazakhstan  Match 2  Costa Rica Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

15 September 2021 (2021-09-15)
Lithuania  Match 13  Kazakhstan Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas
15 September 2021 (2021-09-15)
Costa Rica  Match 14  Venezuela Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

18 September 2021 (2021-09-18)
Costa Rica  Match 25  Lithuania Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas
18 September 2021 (2021-09-18)
Venezuela  Match 26  Kazakhstan Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Uzbekistan 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
 Guatemala 0 0 0
 RFU 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
 Egypt 0 0 0


12 September 2021 (2021-09-12)
Uzbekistan  Match 3  Guatemala Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
12 September 2021 (2021-09-12)
 RFU Match 4  Egypt Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

15 September 2021 (2021-09-15)
Uzbekistan  Match 15  RFU Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
15 September 2021 (2021-09-15)
Egypt  Match 16  Guatemala Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

18 September 2021 (2021-09-18)
Egypt  Match 27  Uzbekistan Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
18 September 2021 (2021-09-18)
Guatemala  Match 28  RFU Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

Group C

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Thailand 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
 Portugal 0 0 0
 Morocco 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
 Solomon Islands 0 0 0


13 September 2021 (2021-09-13)
Thailand  Match 5  Portugal Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas
13 September 2021 (2021-09-13)
Morocco  Match 6  Solomon Islands Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)
Thailand  Match 17  Morocco Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas
16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)
Solomon Islands  Match 18  Portugal Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

19 September 2021 (2021-09-19)
Solomon Islands  Match 29  Thailand Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas
19 September 2021 (2021-09-19)
Portugal  Match 30  Morocco Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

Group D

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes


 Panama 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
 Czech Republic 0 0 0
 Vietnam 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
 Brazil 0 0 0


13 September 2021 (2021-09-13)
Panama  Match 7  Czech Republic Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda
13 September 2021 (2021-09-13)
Vietnam  Match 8  Brazil Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)
Panama  Match 19  Vietnam Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda
16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)
Brazil  Match 20  Czech Republic Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

19 September 2021 (2021-09-19)
Brazil  Match 31  Panama Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda
19 September 2021 (2021-09-19)
Czech Republic  Match 32  Vietnam Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

Group E

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes


 Angola 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
 Japan 0 0 0
 Paraguay 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
 Spain 0 0 0
14 September 2021 (2021-09-14)
Angola  Match 9  Japan Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda
14 September 2021 (2021-09-14)
Paraguay  Match 10  Spain Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

17 September 2021 (2021-09-17)
Angola  Match 21  Paraguay Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda
17 September 2021 (2021-09-17)
Spain  Match 22  Japan Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

20 September 2021 (2021-09-20)
Spain  Match 33  Angola Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda
20 September 2021 (2021-09-20)
Japan  Match 34  Paraguay Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

Group F

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes


 Argentina 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
 United States 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
 Iran 0 0 0
14 September 2021 (2021-09-14)
Argentina  Match 11  United States Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
14 September 2021 (2021-09-14)
Serbia  Match 12  Iran Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

17 September 2021 (2021-09-17)
Argentina  Match 23  Serbia Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
17 September 2021 (2021-09-17)
Iran  Match 24  United States Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

20 September 2021 (2021-09-20)
Iran  Match 35  Argentina Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
20 September 2021 (2021-09-20)
United States  Match 36  Serbia Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

Ranking of third-placed teams

Rnk
Grp
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts Qualification
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Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played (two periods of five minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner. However, for the third place match, if it is played directly before the final, no extra time shall be played and the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark.

Bracket

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
22 September – Kaunas            
 Runners-up Group A  
26 September – Vilnius
 Runners-up Group C    
 Winners Match 38  
23 September – Kaunas
   Winners Match 39    
 Winners Group D  
29 September – Kaunas
 Third place Group B/E/F    
 Winners Match 45  
22 September – Vilnius
   Winners Match 46    
 Winners Group B  
26 September – Kaunas
 Third place Group A/C/D    
 Winners Match 37  
23 September – Vilnius
   Winners Match 40    
 Winners Group F  
3 October – Kaunas
 Runners-up Group E    
 Winners Match 49  
24 September – Vilnius
   Winners Match 50  
 Winners Group E  
27 September – Vilnius
 Runners-up Group D    
 Winners Match 43  
24 September – Kaunas
   Winners Match 42    
 Winners Group C  
30 September – Kaunas
 Third place Group A/B/F    
 Winners Match 47  
24 September – Vilnius
   Winners Match 48     Third place
 Runners-up Group B  
27 September – Kaunas 3 October – Kaunas
 Runners-up Group F    
 Winners Match 44    Losers Match 49  
23 September – Kaunas
   Winners Match 41      Losers Match 50  
 Winners Group A  
 Third place Group C/D/E    
Combinations of matches in the Round of 16

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:

Round of 16

22 September 2021 (2021-09-22)
Winners Group B Match 37 Third place Group A/C/D Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

22 September 2021 (2021-09-22)
Runners-up Group A Match 38 Runners-up Group C Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

23 September 2021 (2021-09-23)
Winners Group D Match 39 Third place Group B/E/F Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

23 September 2021 (2021-09-23)
Winners Group F Match 40 Runners-up Group E Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

23 September 2021 (2021-09-23)
Winners Group A Match 41 Third place Group C/D/E Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

24 September 2021 (2021-09-24)
Winners Group C Match 42 Third place Group A/B/F Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

24 September 2021 (2021-09-24)
Winners Group E Match 43 Runners-up Group D Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

24 September 2021 (2021-09-24)
Runners-up Group B Match 44 Runners-up Group F Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

Quarter-finals

26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
Winners Match 38 Match 45 Winners Match 39 Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
Winners Match 37 Match 46 Winners Match 40 Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
Winners Match 43 Match 47 Winners Match 42 Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
Winners Match 44 Match 48 Winners Match 41 Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

Semi-finals

29 September 2021 (2021-09-29)
Winners Match 45 Match 49 Winners Match 46 Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

30 September 2021 (2021-09-30)
Winners Match 47 Match 50 Winners Match 48 Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

Third place match

3 October 2021 (2021-10-03)
Losers Match 49 Match 51 Losers Match 50 Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

Final

3 October 2021 (2021-10-03)
Winners Match 49 Match 52 Winners Match 50 Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas

External links

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