Kosovo
Nickname(s)Dardanët (Dardanians)
AssociationFederata e Futbollit të Kosovës (FFK)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachArben Simitçiu
Asst coachFazli Berisha
CaptainRamadan Alaj
Most caps
Five players
  • Alfred Prenqi
  • Getard Hyseni
  • Jeton Rukovci
  • Mërgim Dervishaj
  • Ramadan Alaj (9)
Top scorerRamadan Alaj (8)
Home stadiumPalace of Youth and Sports
FIFA codeKVX[1]
FIFA ranking58 Steady 0 (12 May 2020)[2]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
First international
 Finland 1–3 Kosovo 
(Zadar, Croatia; 29 August 2016)
Biggest win
 Kosovo 7–0 Turkey 
(Zadar, Croatia; 31 August 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–4 Kosovo 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 24 October 2019)

The Kosovo national futsal team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futsallit të Kosovës; Serbian: Футсал репрезентација Косова, romanizedFutsal reprezentacija Kosova) represents Kosovo in international men's futsal. It is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for football in Kosovo, which also controls futsal.

History

Permitting by FIFA to play friendlies

On 6 February 2013, FIFA gave the permission to play international friendly games against other member associations.[3] Whereas, on 13 January 2014, there was a change of this permit that forbade Kosovo to play against the national teams of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Club teams were also allowed to play friendlies and this happened after a FIFA Emergency Committee meeting. However, it was stipulated that clubs and representative teams of the Football Federation of Kosovo may not display national symbols as flags, emblems, etc. or play national anthems. The go-ahead was given after meetings between the Football Association of Serbia and Sepp Blatter.

Membership in UEFA and FIFA

See also: Membership of Kosovo in international sports federations

In September 2015 at an UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Malta was approved the request from the federation to the admission in UEFA to the next Ordinary Congress to be held in Budapest.[4] On 3 May 2016, at the Ordinary Congress. Kosovo were accepted into UEFA after members voted 28–24 in favor of Kosovo.[5][6] Ten days later, Kosovo was accepted in FIFA during their 66th congress in Mexico with 141 votes in favour and 23 against.[7]

Competitive record

FIFA Futsal World Cup

On 12 December 2018, in Nyon, it was decided that Kosovo should be part in Group B of the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification, together with Andorra, Belarus and Norway.[8] On 30 January 2019, Kosovo made their debut on FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifications with a 5–0 away defeat against Belarus.[9]

FIFA Futsal World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Netherlands 1989 to Spain 1996 Part of  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro
Guatemala 2000 to Thailand 2012 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Colombia 2016 Could not enter
Lithuania 2021 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 19 28
Total 0/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 0 3 19 28

UEFA Futsal Championship

On 21 October 2016, in Nyon, it was decided that Kosovo should be part in Group E of the UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 qualifying, together with Cyprus, Denmark and Norway.[10] On 30 January 2017, Kosovo made his debut on UEFA Futsal Euro qualifying with a 1–5 away win against Norway that was simultaneously also the first-ever competitive win.[11]

UEFA Futsal Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1996 to Spain 1999 Part of  Serbia and Montenegro
Russia 2001 to Serbia 2016 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
Slovenia 2018 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 9 4
Netherlands 2022 3 1 0 2 9 16
Total 0/11 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 0 3 18 20

Non-FIFA Tournament

Kosovo has so far only participated in one international tournament in Futsal Week 2016, an international futsal tournament.[12]

Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Croatia 2016 Futsal Week Tournament[13] Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 17 7
Thailand 2021 Continental Futsal Championship To be determined
Total 1 title 1/1 4 3 0 1 17 7

Fixtures and results

For all past match results of the national team, see, see single-season articles and Kosovo national futsal team results (2020–present).

2021

5 April Friendly Netherlands  0–0  Kosovo Zeist, Netherlands
19:00 Report Stadium: KNVB Campus
Attendance: 0
6 April Friendly Netherlands  3–1  Kosovo Zeist, Netherlands
19:00 Velseboer Goal 2'26'
Ceyar Goal 29'
Report Salihu Goal 31' Stadium: KNVB Campus
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jochem van Dijke (Netherlands)
25 July 2021 Continental Futsal Championship Uzbekistan  6–3  Kosovo Bangkok, Thailand
15:00 UTC+7 Choriev Goal 1'?'38'
Rakhmatov Goal 2'
Ropiev Goal 22'
Erkinov Goal 36'
Report Salihu Goal 6'
Dervishaj Goal 8'17'
Stadium: Show DC Mall
26 July 2021 Continental Futsal Championship Kosovo  6–6  Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
17:15 UTC+7 Salihu Goal 4'
Mazreku Goal 20'23'
Rukovci Goal 31'
Dervishaj Goal 40'40+?'
Report Thueanklang Goal 15'36'
Musa Goal 17'
Kaewwilai Goal 32'
Srisubsaeng Goal 36'
Wichian Goal 38'
Stadium: Show DC Mall
27 July 2021 Continental Futsal Championship Kosovo  1–2  Mozambique Bangkok, Thailand
15:00 UTC+7 Rukovci Goal 40' Report Francisco Goal 4'
Jona Goal 20'
Stadium: Show DC Mall

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club[a]
12 1GK Alfred Prenqi (1994-06-14) 14 June 1994 (age 27) 9 0 Kosovo Liburni Gjakovë
1 1GK Arbnor Krasniqi (1987-08-28) 28 August 1987 (age 34) 6 0 Kosovo Prishtina

10 2DF Ramadan Alaj (Captain) (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 (age 33) 9 8 Kosovo Liburni Gjakovë
3 2DF Melos Kelmendi (1998-09-15) 15 September 1998 (age 23) 3 1 Kosovo Prishtina
5 2DF Durim Qorri (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Kosovo Prishtina 01
21 2DF Driton Nishori (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Kosovo Liqeni
15 2DF Dijar Deliu (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Kosovo Drenica

13 4FW Jeton Rukovci (Vice-captain) (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 33) 9 3 Kosovo Prishtina
14 4FW Getard Hyseni (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 33) 9 0 Kosovo Prishtina 01
7 4FW Mërgim Dervishaj (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 24) 9 0 Kosovo Prishtina
18 4FW Ylli Mazreku (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 29) 3 0 Kosovo Peja
24 4FW Meriton Salihu (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Switzerland Minerva
19 4FW Bardh Kelmendi (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Kosovo Prishtina 01
20 4FW Fatlum Pishtani (1998-05-17) 17 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Kosovo Prishtina

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
FW Drilon Maxharraj (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 20) 6 5 Kosovo Liburni Gjakovë v.  Netherlands, 5 April 2021

Personnel

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Kosovo Arben Simitçiu
Assistant coach Kosovo Fazli Berisha
Doctor Kosovo Nysret Ymeri
Team manager Kosovo Rinor Havolli

Kosovo versus other countries

As of 6 April 2021
Head-to-head records are included only matches as FIFA member.
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Albania 1 0 0 1 5 7 −2 000.00
 Andorra 1 1 0 0 5 3 +2 100.00
 Austria 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 100.00
 Belarus 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 000.00
 Cyprus 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
 Denmark 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
 Finland 2 1 0 1 8 7 +1 050.00
 Georgia 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5 000.00
 Germany 1 0 0 1 4 8 −4 000.00
 Netherlands 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 000.00
 North Macedonia 3 1 0 2 11 16 −5 033.33
 Norway 2 2 0 0 10 2 +8 100.00
 Slovenia 1 0 0 1 1 7 −6 000.00
 Turkey 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 100.00
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1 1 7 −6 000.00
15 Countries 21 9 1 11 65 76 −11 042.86

See also

Men's
Women's

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^
    The club listed is the club for which the player last played a competitive match prior to the call-up.

References

  1. ^ Dryomin, Mark; Tabeira, Martin; Lozano, Carles; Jeffree, Iain (2 June 2016). "FIFA Country Codes". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Kosovo (KVX)
  2. ^ "Futsal World Ranking". Futsal World Ranking. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ "FIFA Circular no.1342" (PDF). FIFA. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ "UEFA shqyrton në mars të vitit të ardhshëm anëtarësimin e Kosovës" [UEFA reviews in March next year Kosovo's membership] (in Albanian). Voice of America. 19 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA". UEFA. 3 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Kosovo accepted as member of Uefa after Congress vote". The Guardian. 3 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Zyrtare: Kosova pranohet në FIFA, jemi të barabartë me të gjitha vendet e botës" [Official: Kosovo is admitted to FIFA, we are equal to all countries in the world] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 13 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Kombëtarja e futsallit mësoi kundërshtarët e kualifikimeve të Botërorit" [National futsal team taught opponents of the World Cup qualifications] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 12 December 2018. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2018. Kombëtarja e Kosovës në futsall është përfshirë në grupin 3 për parakualifikimet e Kampionatit Botëror 2020. Në shortin e tërhequr sot në selinë e UEFA-s, Kosova u përfshi në grup me Norvegjinë, Bjellorusinë dhe Andorrën
  9. ^ "Bjellorusia u tregua më cilësore se Kosova në futsall" [Belarus was more qualitative than Kosovo in futsal] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 30 January 2019. Kombëtarja e Kosovës në futsall ka debutuar me humbje në ciklin e saj të parë të parakualifikimeve për Kampionatin Botëror. Në ndeshjen e parë në kuadër të Grupit B, Kosova është mundur nga Bjellorusia, me rezultat të thellë, 5:0
  10. ^ "UEFA Futsal EURO preliminary & main round draws". UEFA. 21 October 2016. Group E: Norway, Denmark, Cyprus (hosts), Kosovo
  11. ^ "Kosova debuton me fitore në futsall (Foto)" [Kosovo debuts with victory in futsal (Photo)] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 30 January 2017. Norvegjia-Kosova 1:5 (1:3)
  12. ^ "Përfaqësuesja e Kosovës në futsall përfundon e para turneun në Kroaci" [Kosovo national futsal team finished first the tournament in Croatia] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 3 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Futsal Week 2016". Futsal Planet. August 2016. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Përzgjedhësi Simitçiu publikon listën për miqësoret me Holandën" [Selector Simitçiu publishes the list for the friendlies with the Netherlands] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 19 March 2021.