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Iran
Nickname(s)Team Melli
(Persian: تیم ملی )
"The National Team", Cheetahs
(Persian: یوزها)
(Persian: شیرهای ایرانی)
"Iranian Lions"
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachVahid Shamsaei
CaptainHossein Tayyebi
Most capsAli Asghar Hassanzadeh (297)
Top scorerVahid Shamsaei (392)
Home stadiumAzadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
FIFA ranking7 (12 October 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 (all non-selective) (First in 1992)
Best resultBronze Third Place (2016) 4th place (1992)
AFC Futsal Asian Cup
Appearances16 (all) (First in 1999)
Best resultGold Champions (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2018)

Silver Runners up (2014, 2022)

Bronze Third Place (2006, 2012)
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances2 (First in 2007)
Best resultGold Champions (2007, 2012)
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (First in 2009, 2022)
Best result
Gold medal with cup.svg
Champions (2009)
Silver medal with cup.svg
Runners up (2022)
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances7 (First in 2007)
Best result2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2007, 2009, 2015)

3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Third Place (2013, 2014)

4th place (2010, 2011)

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 5th 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.[4]

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
2022
10 April 2022 Gazprom Sports Complex, Bishkek  Maldives 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup qualification 17–0 W Aghapour 5' - 15', Derakhshani 6', Tayyebi 11' - 25' - 26', Karimi 20', Ahmadabbasi 20' - 20' - 23' - 33' - 33', Kadkhodaei 34' - 35', Yousef 37' - 37', Rafieipour 38'
11 April 2022 Gazprom Sports Complex, Bishkek  Turkmenistan 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W Tayyebi 12', Ahmadabbasi 20', Baýramdurdyýew 38' (o.g.)
12 April 2022 Gazprom Sports Complex, Bishkek  Kyrgyzstan 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup qualification 8–1 W Tayyebi 14', Ezzati 14', Rafieipour 30' - 31', Derakhshani 34', Kadkhodaei 36', Abbasi 37', Yousef 40'
11 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok  Finland Continental Futsal Championship 2–1 W Aghapour, Oladghobad
13 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok  Vietnam Continental Futsal Championship 3–1 W Javan2, Karimi
15 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok  Thailand Continental Futsal Championship 3–2 W Derakhshani, Ahmadabbasi, Aghapour
16 September 2022 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok  Morocco Continental Futsal Championship 3–4 L Ahmadabbasi, Tayyebi2
28 September 2022 Saad Al Abdullah Hall, Kuwait City  Indonesia 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup 5–0 W Ahmadabbasi 2' - 22',Oladghobad 2',Asadshir 9',Tayyebi 24' Report
(AFC)
30 September 2022 Saad Al Abdullah Hall, Kuwait City  Chinese Taipei 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup 10–1 W Bazyar 2',Tayyebi 3' - 16' - 36',Ahmadabbasi 4' - 16' - 18',Aghapour 22',Javan 28',Karimi 35' Report
(AFC)
2 October 2022 Saad Al Abdullah Hall, Kuwait City  Lebanon 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup 9–0 W Aghapour 8' - 32',Tayyebi 17' - 39',Rhyem 17' (o.g.),Oladghobad 19',Jafari 21',Karimi 28',Bazyar 27' Report
(AFC)

Coaching staff

Main article: List of Iran national futsal team managers

Current coaching staff

Head coach Iran Vahid Shamsaei
Assistant coaches Iran Shahabeddin Sofalmanesh
Iran Siamak Dadashi
Goalkeeping coach Iran Asghar Ghahremani
Supervisor Iran Abolfazl Karimian
Doctor Iran Mohammad Hossein Moghaddam
Physiotherapist Iran Meysam Shirzad
Masseur Iran Hamed Masoumi
Procurement Iran Hassan Faraji Ghaleh Shahrokhi
Media director Iran Amir Khosravi
Guard Iran Reza Mobaraki

Last updated: 2 October 2022

Team

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Sina Parkas (1992-08-17)17 August 1992 (aged 30) Iran Sunich
2 1GK Saeid Momeni (1992-11-23)23 November 1992 (aged 29) Iran Crop
3 2DF Mehdi Asadshir Iran Sunich
4 2DF Alireza Rafieipour (1993-10-09)9 October 1993 (aged 28) Iran Crop
5 3MF Mohammad Hossein Derakhshani (1993-04-01)1 April 1993 (aged 29) Iran Giti Pasand
6 3MF Bahman Jafari Iran Farsh Ara
7 3MF Mehdi Karimi (1997-01-28)28 January 1997 (aged 25) Iran Giti Pasand
8 3MF Moslem Oladghobad (1995-11-29)29 November 1995 (aged 26) Spain Palma
9 4FW Saeid Ahmadabbasi (1992-07-31)31 July 1992 (aged 30) Spain Valdepeñas
10 4FW Hossein Tayyebi (captain) (1988-09-29)29 September 1988 (aged 33) Spain Palma
11 4FW Alireza Javan (1995-02-02)2 February 1995 (aged 27) Iran Crop
12 4FW Salar Aghapour (2000-03-07)7 March 2000 (aged 22) Iran Mes Sungun
13 3MF Mohammad Hossein Bazyar (2003-11-29)29 November 2003 (aged 18) IranSanaye Poshtiban
14 3MF Hamzeh Kadkhodaei (1997-02-02)2 February 1997 (aged 25) Iran Mes Sungun

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 Babak Masoumi Malaysia 1999
2 Babak Masoumi Thailand 2000
3 Mohammad Reza Heidarian 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
15 6 (12) Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Chinese Taipei 2018
16 6 (10) Hossein Tayyebi Kuwait 2022

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 Position 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 4th 8 5 0 3 36 30 +6 15 2 2 0 0 25 8
Spain 1996 First round 11th 3 1 0 2 12 13 -1 3 4 4 0 0 47 8
Guatemala 2000 First round 10th 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3 Qualified as 2000 Asian Champions
Taiwan 2004 First round 11th 3 1 0 2 9 13 -4 3 Qualified as 2004 Asian Champions
Brazil 2008 Second round 5th 7 4 2 1 24 19 +5 14 Qualified as 2008 Asian Champions
Thailand 2012 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7 Qualified as 2012 Asian Third Place
Colombia 2016 Third Place 3rd 7 2 3 2 22 24 -2 9 Qualified as 2016 Asian Champions
Lithuania 2021 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 19 17 +2 9 Nominated by AFC
not available 2024 To be determined Qualification via 2024 Asian Cup
Total Third Place 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 Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
Malaysia 1999 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 90 7 +83 18 No Qualification
Thailand 2000 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 56 10 +46 18
Iran 2001 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 97 13 +84 21
Indonesia 2002 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 61 7 +54 18
Iran 2003 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 60 13 +47 18
Macau 2004 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 81 12 +69 21
Vietnam 2005 Champions 1st 8 6 1 1 58 15 +43 19
Uzbekistan 2006 Third Place 3rd 5 4 0 1 46 12 +34 12 Qualified as 2005 Champions
Japan 2007 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 50 9 +41 18 Qualified as 2006 Third Place
Thailand 2008 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 48 2 +46 18 Qualified as 2007 Champions
Uzbekistan 2010 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 57 9 +48 18 Qualified as 2008 Champions
United Arab Emirates 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 5 0 1 45 9 +36 15 Qualified as 2010 Champions
Vietnam 2014 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 52 8 +44 16 Qualified as 2012 Third Place
Uzbekistan 2016 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 48 4 +44 18 Qualified as 2014 Runners-up
Taiwan 2018 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 50 6 +44 18 2 2 0 0 20 4
Turkmenistan 2020 Qualified but tournament cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic 2 2 0 0 12 3
Kuwait 2022 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 39 5 +34 15 3 3 0 0 28 1
Total 12 titles 16/16 99 93 2 4 938 141 +797 281 7 7 0 0 60 8

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

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

Grand Prix de Futsal

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

Futsal Confederations Cup

Futsal Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
Libya 2009 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12
Brazil 2013 Did not enter
Kuwait 2014 Did not qualify
Thailand 2022 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 11 8 +3 9
Total 1 title 2/4 8 7 0 1 26 12 +14 21

West Asian Championship

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GS GA Dif Pts
Iran 2007* Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 21 4 +17 9
Jordan 2009 Did not enter
Iran 2012 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 40 6 +34 12
2022–onwards Not a WAFF member
Total 2 titles 2/4 7 7 0 0 61 10 +51 21
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[5]

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. ^ "Iran To Restore Asiatic Cheetah Design To World Cup Kit". ifpnews.com. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Futsalworldranking.be".
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 by2022  Japan