Iran national futsal team

The Iran national futsal team represents Iran in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Futsal Commission of the Iranian Football Federation. The "Kings of Asian Futsal" are by far the strongest Asian team and one of the best teams in the world according to the Futsal World Ranking.

Iran
Nickname(s)Team Melli Futsal
(Persian: تیم ملی فوتسال ایران)
"The National Futsal Team"
AssociationFFIRI
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachMohammad Nazemosharia
CaptainMohammad Taheri
Most capsVahid Shamsaei
Top scorerVahid Shamsaei (392 goals)
Home stadiumAzadi Indoor Stadium
FIFA codeIRN
FIFA ranking6 (2 December 2019)[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
Appearances7 (First in 1992)
Best result Third Place (1): 2016
AFC Futsal Championship
Appearances15 (all) (First in 1999)
Best result Champions (12): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2018
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances2 (First in 2007)
Best result Champions (2): 2007, 2012
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2009)
Best result Champions (1): 2009
Grand Prix de Futsal
Appearances7 (First in 2007)
Best result Runners-up (3): 2007, 2009, 2015

The Iranians are the regular participants of the FIFA Futsal World Cup reaching the third place in 2016 after eliminating the favorites, Brazil.[3] Iran have 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.

Home stadium

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

Nicknames

The Iranian national team has received several nicknames by supporters and media. The most common one used to refer the team is "Team Melli", which literally means "The National Team".

Tournament records

*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 World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
1989Did not enterDid not enter
1992Fourth place85033630+6152200258
1996Round 131021213-134400478
2000Round 1310269-33Qualification via AFC Futsal Championship
2004Round 13102913-43
2008Round 274212419+514
2012Round of 16421198+17
2016Third Place72322224-29
2020To be determined
Total7/93516613118116+25466007216

Asian Championship

Asian Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts GP W D L GF GA
1999Champions6600907+8318Automatic Qualification
2000Champions66005610+4618
2001Champions77009713+8421
2002Champions6600617+5418
2003Champions66006013+4718
2004Champions77008112+6921
2005Champions86115815+4319
2006Third place54014612+3412
2007Champions6600509+4118
2008Champions6600482+4618
2010Champions6600579+4818
2012Third place6501459+3615
2014Runners-up6510528+4416
2016Champions6600484+4418
2018Champions6600506+44182200204
2020Qualified2200123
Total15/15938823899136+7632664400367

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
2005*Champions5500413+3815
2007*Champions77007312+6121
2009*Champions5410647+5713
2013Champions5500439+3415
2017Champions66005811+4718
Total5/528271027942+23782
* 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
2005Did not enter
2006
2007Runners-up64021917+212
2008Did not enter
2009Runners-up64112622+413
2010Fourth place63122415+910
2011Fourth place64022213+912
2013Third place52121516-17
2014Third place43012511+149
2015Runners-up5401238+1512
2018Did not enter
Total7/113824311154102+5275

Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
2009Champions4400154+1112
2013Did not enter
2014Did not qualify
Total1/34400154+1112

West Asian Championship

West Asian Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
2007Champions*3300214+179
2009Did not enter
2012Champions4400406+3412
Total2/377006110+5121
* Iran played with U-23 team in this tournament.[4]

Results and fixtures

Previous matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Report
2018
4 December 2018 (2018-12-04) Hant Arena, Bratislava  Russia Slovak Futsal Week 2018 5 4 W Hassanzadeh3, Javid, Orouji Report
5 December 2018 (2018-12-05) Hant Arena, Bratislava  Slovakia Slovak Futsal Week 2018 0 0 D - Report
2019
4 February 2019 (2019-02-04) Sportski centar Lagator, Loznica  Serbia Friendly 6 3 W Ahmadabbasi 7' - 30' - 38', Tayyebi 12', Shajari 14', Oladghobad 28' Report
5 February 2019 (2019-02-05) Hala Sportova Zorka, Šabac  Serbia Friendly 4 3 W Tayyebi 19' - 24', Rajčević 3' o.g, Hassanzadeh 10' Report
22 September 2019 (2019-09-22) Zvozdnyy, Astrakhan  Kazakhstan Caspian Cup 2 1 W Hassanzadeh 10', Tavakoli 11' Report
23 September 2019 (2019-09-23) Zvozdnyy, Astrakhan  Azerbaijan Caspian Cup 2 2 D Javid 21', Orouji 34' Report
25 September 2019 (2019-09-25) Zvozdnyy, Astrakhan  Russia Caspian Cup 3 9 L Esmaeilpour 15', Orouji 36', Azimi 38' Report
23 October 2019 (2019-10-23) Ghadir Arena, Urmia  Turkmenistan AFC Futsal Championship 2020 qualification 4 0 W Hassanzadeh 3', Javid 18', Sähedow 27' o.g, Karimi 34' Report
25 October 2019 (2019-10-25) Ghadir Arena, Urmia  Kyrgyzstan AFC Futsal Championship 2020 qualification 8 3 W Javid 13' - 18' - 39', Karimi 10' - 32', Ahmadi 2', Hassanzadeh 7', Nematian 15' Report
1 December 2019 (2019-12-01) Shahid Beheshti Arena, Mashhad  Slovakia Mashhad Cup 5 5 D Sangsefidi2, Ahmadi, Tavakoli, Ahmadabbasi Report
3 December 2019 (2019-12-03) Shahid Beheshti Arena, Mashhad  Belarus Mashhad Cup 2 3 L Javid, Hassanzadeh Report
4 December 2019 (2019-12-04) Shahid Beheshti Arena, Mashhad  Slovakia Friendly 6 3 W Bahadori3, Tayyebi2, Karimi Report

Forthcoming matches

DateCompetitionLocationOpponent
2020
2020 AFC Futsal Championship
25 February – 5 March[5]
hosted by:  Turkmenistan
12–15 April# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup
12 September – 4 October
hosted by:  Lithuania
1–4 November# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
6–9 December# FIFA official match day
FIFA official match day
2021
2022 AFC Futsal Championship qualification
13 – 24 October[5]
hosted by: hosted by: TBD
2022
2022 AFC Futsal Championship
16 – 27 February[5]
hosted by: hosted by: TBD
#FIFA International match days 2016-2020[6]

Coaching staff

Head Coach Mohammad Nazemasharieh
Assistant coach Mohammad Hashemzadeh
Goalkeeping coach Michael Petros
Fitness coach Ghodratollah Bagheri
Team supervisor Abbas Torabian
Team doctor Shahram Kharabian Masouleh
Physiotherapist Mohammad Ebadi

Players

Current squad

Match date: 8 – 11 August 2019 [7]
Opposition: Tehran Camp
Caps and goals correct as of:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
FP Saeid Afshar (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr
1GK Mohammad Navidbakhsh Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr
FP Mohsen Montazami (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 Cosmo FC Jakarta
FP Ehsan Soheili Moghaddam Moghavemat Alborz
FP Peyman Sarlak (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 Kremlin-Bicêtre United
FP Rahman Sarani Farsh Ara Mashhad
FP Behzad Azimi Farsh Ara Mashhad
1GK Farhad Ebrahimi (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 Ahoora Behbahan
FP Shahab Talebi (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 Melli Haffari
FP Sajjad Masihi (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 Ahoora Behbahan
1GK Saeid Torabideh Free Agent
FP Ahmad Esmaeilpour (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 Shenzhen Nanling
1GK Farid Naderi Free Agent
FP Hamidreza Rahanjam (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 Naft Al-Wasat
FP Taha Nematian (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 Sunich Saveh
FP Mahdi Karimi (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 Sunich Saveh
FP Alireza Javan (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 Sunich Saveh
FP Poriya Golshani (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 Azarakhsh

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
Mohammad Taheri (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 Shahrdari Qazvin Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Mahdi Mostafaei (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 Free Agent Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Eshagh Sourghali (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Danial Givili (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 Naam Avaran Resalat Sari Tehran Camp, 18 – 20 August 2018
Majid Hajibandeh (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr Tehran Camp, 15 – 17 September 2018
Majid Khazaei (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 5–7 October 2018
Saeid Ghalandari (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 5–7 October 2018
Saeid Belbasi (1987-08-15) 15 August 1987 Free Agent Tehran Camp, 12–14 October 2018
GK Abolfazl Shahbazi (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 Parsian Shahr-e Qods Tehran Camp, 12–14 October 2018
Ghodrat Bahadori (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 24–26 November 2018
GK Alireza Samimi (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 Mes Sungun Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Tohid Lotfi (1998-12-10) 10 December 1998 Mes Sungun Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Mahdi Javid (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 Mes Sungun Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Mehran Alighadr (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 Giti Pasand Slovak Futsal Week 2018, 3–5 December 2018
Mohsen Mohammadzadeh (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 Melli Haffari Tehran Camp, 12–14 January 2019
Saeid Momeni (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Morteza Ezzati (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Hadi Ahmadi Free Agent Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
GK Sina Parkas (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 Shahrvand Sari Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Mohammad Hossein Derakhshani (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Saeid Sarvari (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Mehdi Zahedi (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 Hyper Shahr Shahin Shahr Tehran Camp, 18–20 January 2019
Moslem Oladghobad (1995-11-29) 29 November 1995 Mes Sungun Vs.  Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Mohammad Shajari (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 Mes Sungun Vs.  Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Mohammad Reza Sangsefidi (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 Giti Pasand Vs.  Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Abolghasem Orouji (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 Mes Sungun Vs.  Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Hamid Ahmadi (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 Giti Pasand Vs.  Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 Giti Pasand Vs.  Serbia, 4–5 February 2019
GK Sajjad Babaei (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 Melli Haffari Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
GK Masoud Mohammadi (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Ali Rostami Farsh Ara Mashhad Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Jafar Najafi Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Ruhollah Isari (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 Sohan Mohammad Sima Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Morad Nazeri (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 Shahrvand Sari Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Ali Morovati Sunich Saveh Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Amin Nasrollahzadeh (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Mehrdad Ghanbarzadeh (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 Azarakhsh Bandar Abbas Tehran Camp, 1–3 March 2019
Salar Aghapour (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
GK Sepehr Mohammadi (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 Gazprom-Ugra Yugorsk Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Saeid Ahmadabbasi (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 Giti Pasand Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
GK Ali Rahimi (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 Moghavemat Alborz Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Meysam Khayyam (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 Mes Sungun Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Alireza Rafieipour (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 SKN FC Kebumen Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Amin Majidipour (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 Setaregan Varamin Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Mohammad Najafzangi Setaregan Varamin Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Hossein Tayyebi (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 Kairat Almaty Tehran Camp, 10–12 July 2019
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • Withdrew Player withdrew from the squad due to personal issues.
  • RC Player withdrew from the squad due to red card in last game.

Previous squads

First Squad

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Asian Championships

  • 1999 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2000 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2001 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2002 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2003 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2004 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2005 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2007 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2008 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2010 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2016 AFC Futsal Championship squads
  • 2018 AFC Futsal Championship squads

Iran captains

World Cup captains

# 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

Asian Championship captains

# Matches as captain (goals) Player Asian Championship played as captain
1 Malaysia 1999
2 Thailand 2000
3 Iran 2001
4 Indonesia 2002
5 Iran 2003
6 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

Notable players

See also

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural 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 by
2006
 Japan
Preceded by
2006
 Japan
Asian Champions
2007 (eighth title)
2008 (ninth title)
2010 (tenth title)
Succeeded by
2012
 Japan
Preceded by
2014
 Japan
Asian Champions
2016 (eleventh title)
2018 (twelfth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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