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Iran
Nickname(s)Team Melli
(Persian: تیم ملی )
"The National Team", Cheetahs
(Persian: یوزها)
Team Melli Futsal
(Persian: تیم ملی فوتسال )
"The National Futsal Team"
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachVahid Shamsaei
CaptainAli Asghar Hassanzadeh
Most capsAli Asghar Hassanzadeh (297)
Top scorerVahid Shamsaei (392)
Home stadiumAzadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
FIFA ranking6 (28 February 2022)[1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Iran 19–6 Kuwait 
(Hong Kong; 2 May 1992[2])
Biggest win
 Iran 36–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7 March 1999)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 8–1 Iran 
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 6 October 2000)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1992)
Best resultBronze Third Place (2016)
AFC Futsal Asian Cup
Appearances15 (all) (First in 1999)
Best resultGold Champions (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2018)
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances2 (First in 2007)
Best resultGold Champions (2007, 2012)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2009)
Best result
Gold medal with cup.svg
Champions (2009)
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances7 (First in 2007)
Best result2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2007, 2009, 2015)

The Iran national futsal team represents Iran in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Futsal Commission of the Iranian Football Federation. According to the Futsal World Ranking, it is ranked 6th in the world, and 1st amongst Asian Football Confederation members.

The Iranian national team is a regular participant of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, reaching third place in 2016, after eliminating the favorites, Brazil, in the round of 16.[3] Iran has won the first Futsal Confederations Cup in 2009, and also reached the second place in the Grand Prix de Futsal, known as Futsal Mini-World Cup, in multiple editions.

Team image

Nicknames

The Iranian national team has received several nicknames from supporters and media. The most common one used to refer the team is "Team Melli", which literally means "The National Team". Also, "Cheetahs" are often used due to the existence of cheetahs in Iran. The picture of a cheetah is on the home kit of Iran helping to support and protect them.[citation needed]

Home stadium

Main article: Azadi Indoor Stadium

Iran plays the home games at the Azadi Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 6,583 spectators.

A view of Azadi Indoor Stadium
A view of Azadi Indoor Stadium
Iran national futsal team plays against Brazil in a friendly match
Iran national futsal team plays against Brazil in a friendly match

Results and fixtures

Main articles: Iran national futsal team results and Iran national futsal team all-time record

Previous matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Match report
2021
25 July 2021  Lithuania Continental Futsal Championship 5–0 W
26 July 2021  Tajikistan Continental Futsal Championship 7–0 W
27 July 2021  Egypt Continental Futsal Championship 2–2 D
29 July 2021  Uzbekistan Continental Futsal Championship 7–5 W
30 July 2021  Thailand Continental Futsal Championship 5–1 W
30 August 2021  Belarus Friendly 8–2 W
31 August 2021  Belarus Friendly 5–1 W
14 September 2021 (2021-09-14) Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius  Serbia 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup 3–2 W Ahmadi 4', Fakhim 4', Esmaeilpour 37' Report
(FIFA)
17 September 2021 (2021-09-17) Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius  United States 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup 4–2 W Tavakoli 3', Javid 7', Esmaeilpour 10', Ahmadabbasi 39' Report
(FIFA)
20 September 2021 (2021-09-20) Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius  Argentina 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup 1–2 L Hassanzadeh 30' Report
(FIFA)
24 September 2021 (2021-09-24) Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius  Uzbekistan 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup 9–8 W Hassanzadeh 1' 28', Javid 5' 25', Ahmadabbasi 16' 22' 37', Tavakoli 18', Oladghobad 30', Report
(FIFA)
27 September 2021 (2021-09-27) Žalgiris Arena, Kaunas  Kazakhstan 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup 2–3 L Oladghobad 8', Esmaeilpour 15' Report
(FIFA)
20 December 2021 Emilia Romagna Arena, Salsomaggiore Terme  Italy Friendly 6–4 W Karimi 2' - 12' - 22', Shajari 26', Tayyebi 34', Ahmadabbasi 40' Report
(NAZIONALI)
21 December 2021 Emilia Romagna Arena, Salsomaggiore Terme  Italy Friendly 3–4 L Ahmadabbasi 19' - 20' - 37' Report
(NAZIONALI)

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

Main article: List of Iran national futsal team managers

Head coach Iran Vahid Shamsaei
Assistant coach Iran Shahaboddin Sofalmanesh
Goalkeeping coach Iran Mostafa Nazari
Supervisor Iran Abolfazl Karimian
Doctor Iran Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Physiotherapist Iran Meysam Shirzad
Masseur Iran Hamed Masoumi
Procurment Iran Hassan Faraji
Media director Iran Amir Khosravi
Guard Iran Reza Mobaraki

Last updated: 17 January 2022

Team

Current squad

The following players were called up to the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Head coach: Mohammad Nazemasharieh

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Sepehr Mohammadi (1989-08-08)8 August 1989 (aged 32) Iran Giti Pasand
2 1GK Alireza Samimi (1987-06-29)29 June 1987 (aged 34) Iran Mes Sungun
3 4FW Ahmad Esmaeilpour (1988-09-08)8 September 1988 (aged 33) China Shenzhen Nanling
4 2DF Alireza Rafieipour (1993-10-09)9 October 1993 (aged 27) Iran Crop Alvand
5 2DF Hamid Ahmadi (1988-11-24)24 November 1988 (aged 32) Iran Mes Sungun
6 3MF Mohammad Reza Sangsefidi (1989-11-02)2 November 1989 (aged 31) Iran Giti Pasand
7 3MF Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (captain) (1987-11-02)2 November 1987 (aged 33) Iran Giti Pasand
8 3MF Moslem Oladghobad (1995-11-29)29 November 1995 (aged 25) Iran Crop Alvand
9 2DF Saeid Ahmadabbasi (1992-07-31)31 July 1992 (aged 29) Iran Giti Pasand
10 4FW Hossein Tayyebi (1988-09-29)29 September 1988 (aged 32) Portugal Benfica
11 3MF Farhad Fakhim (1984-10-14)14 October 1984 (aged 36) Iran Mes Sungun
12 4FW Mohammad Shajari (1991-08-30)30 August 1991 (aged 30) Iran Crop Alvand
13 4FW Farhad Tavakoli (1989-01-14)14 January 1989 (aged 32) Iran Giti Pasand
14 4FW Mahdi Javid (1987-05-03)3 May 1987 (aged 34) Iran Crop Alvand
15 4FW Taha Nematian (1995-02-08)8 February 1995 (aged 26) Iran Sunich Saveh
16 4FW Bagher Mohammadi (1991-06-21)21 June 1991 (aged 30) Iran Sunich Saveh

Previous squads

Iran

FIFA Futsal World Cup

AFC Futsal Asian Cup

Notable players


Captains

FIFA Futsal World Cup

# Matches as captain (goals) Player World Cup played as captain
1 8 (3) Mehdi Abtahi Hong Kong 1992
2 3 (2) Sadegh Varmazyar Spain 1996
3 3 (0) Babak Masoumi Guatemala 2000
4 3 (2) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Chinese Taipei 2004
5 7 (5) Vahid Shamsaei Brazil 2008
6 4 (0) Mohammad Keshavarz Thailand 2012
7 6 (1) Mohammad Keshavarz Colombia 2016

AFC Futsal Asian Cup

# Matches as captain (goals) Player Asian Championship played as captain
1 Malaysia 1999
2 Thailand 2000
3 Iran 2001
4 Mohammad Reza Heidarian Indonesia 2002
5 6 (7) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Iran 2003
6 7 (4) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Macau 2004
7 9 (3) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Vietnam 2005
8 Uzbekistan 2006
9 6 (1) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Japan 2007
10 6 (4) Mohammad Reza Heidarian Thailand 2008
11 6 (2) Mohammad Hashemzadeh Uzbekistan 2010
12 6 (7) Vahid Shamsaei UAE 2012
13 6 (2) Mohammad Taheri Vietnam 2014
14 6 (5) Mohammad Keshavarz Uzbekistan 2016
14 6 (12) Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Chinese Taipei 2018

Competitive record

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.
**Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil.
***Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

FIFA Futsal World Cup

FIFA Futsal World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
Netherlands 1989 Did not enter Did not enter
Hong Kong 1992 Fourth place 8 5 0 3 36 30 +6 15 2 2 0 0 25 8
Spain 1996 Round 1 - 11th 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3 4 4 0 0 47 8
Guatemala 2000 Round 1 - 10th 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3 Qualification via AFC Futsal Championship
Chinese Taipei 2004 Round 1 - 11th 3 1 0 2 9 13 -4 3
Brazil 2008 Round 2 - 5th 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14
Thailand 2012 Round of 16 - 10th 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7
Colombia 2016 Third Place 7 2 3 2 22 24 -2 9
Lithuania 2021 Quarter Finals - 7th 5 3 0 2 19 17 +2 9 nominated by AFC
2024 To be determined Qualification via AFC Futsal Championship
Total 8/9 40 19 6 15 137 133 +4 63 6 6 0 0 72 16

AFC Futsal Asian Cup

AFC Futsal Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
Malaysia 1999 Champions 6 6 0 0 90 7 +83 18 Automatic Qualification
Thailand 2000 Champions 6 6 0 0 56 10 +46 18
Iran 2001 Champions 7 7 0 0 97 13 +84 21
Indonesia 2002 Champions 6 6 0 0 61 7 +54 18
Iran 2003 Champions 6 6 0 0 60 13 +47 18
Macau 2004 Champions 7 7 0 0 81 12 +69 21
Vietnam 2005 Champions 8 6 1 1 58 15 +43 19
Uzbekistan 2006 Third place 5 4 0 1 46 12 +34 12
Japan 2007 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 9 +41 18
Thailand 2008 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 2 +46 18
Uzbekistan 2010 Champions 6 6 0 0 57 9 +48 18
United Arab Emirates 2012 Third place 6 5 0 1 45 9 +36 15
Vietnam 2014 Runners-up 6 5 1 0 52 8 +44 16
Uzbekistan 2016 Champions 6 6 0 0 48 4 +44 18
Chinese Taipei 2018 Champions 6 6 0 0 50 6 +44 18 2 2 0 0 20 4
Kuwait 2020 Qualified but tournament cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia 2 2 0 0 12 3
Kuwait 2022 To be determined
Total 15/15 93 88 2 3 899 136 +763 266 4 4 0 0 36 7

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
Thailand 2005* Champions 5 5 0 0 41 3 +38 15
Macau 2007* Champions 7 7 0 0 73 12 +61 21
Vietnam 2009* Champions 5 4 1 0 64 7 +57 13
South Korea 2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 43 9 +34 15
Turkmenistan 2017 Champions 6 6 0 0 58 11 +47 18
Thailand 2023 To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2025
Total 5/5 28 27 1 0 279 42 +237 82
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[4]

Grand Prix de Futsal

Grand Prix de Futsal record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
Brazil 2005 Did not enter
Brazil 2006
Brazil 2007 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 19 17 +2 12
Brazil 2008 Did not enter
Brazil 2009 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 26 22 +4 13
Brazil 2010 Fourth place 6 3 1 2 24 15 +9 10
Brazil 2011 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 22 13 +9 12
Brazil 2013 Third place 5 2 1 2 15 16 -1 7
Brazil 2014 Third place 4 3 0 1 25 11 +14 9
Brazil 2015 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 23 8 +15 12
Brazil 2018 Did not enter
Total 7/11 38 24 3 11 154 102 +52 75

Futsal Confederations Cup

Futsal Confederations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
Libya 2009 Champions 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12
Brazil 2013 Did not enter
Kuwait 2014 Did not qualify
Total 1/3 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12

West Asian Championship

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
Iran 2007* Champions 3 3 0 0 21 4 +17 9
Jordan 2009 Did not enter
Iran 2012 Champions 4 4 0 0 40 6 +34 12
Total 2/3 7 7 0 0 61 10 +51 21
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Futsal World Ranking
  2. ^ اولین تیم رسمی فوتسال ایران (عکس)
  3. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 October 2006.
  4. ^ a b http://www.futsalworldranking.be/tournament/waff07.htm
Sporting positions Preceded byInaugural champions Asian Champions 1999 (first title)2000 (second title)2001 (third title)2002 (fourth title)2003 (fifth title)2004 (sixth title)2005 (seventh title) Succeeded by2006  Japan Preceded by2006  Japan Asian Champions 2007 (eighth title)2008 (ninth title)2010 (tenth title) Succeeded by2012  Japan Preceded by2014  Japan Asian Champions 2016 (eleventh title) 2018 (twelfth title) Succeeded byIncumbent