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American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2018, 6(2), 49-59
DOI: 10.12691/ajssm-6-2-3
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The World at Their Feet: A Combined Historical Ranking of Nations Competing in Football and Futsal

Richard Moore1, , Dr Girish Ramchandani1, Steve Bullough1, Simon Goldsmith1, Lee Edmondson1 and Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno2

1Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

2Bay Area Futsal Club, San Francisco, United States of America

Pub. Date: June 11, 2018

Cite this paper:
Richard Moore, Dr Girish Ramchandani, Steve Bullough, Simon Goldsmith, Lee Edmondson and Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno. The World at Their Feet: A Combined Historical Ranking of Nations Competing in Football and Futsal. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2018; 6(2):49-59. doi: 10.12691/ajssm-6-2-3


Some elite football players (e.g. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta) endorse the benefits of futsal and express how it has helped them to develop as football players. This has contributed to an increase in futsal development activity, in some countries, leading to interest into the relationship between the two sports. A lack of research exists to explain the developmental relationship between the two sports, aside from anecdotal evidence from players, coaches and media commentators, some of whom acclaim futsal for its role in developing elite footballers. This study investigates the relationship which exists between the two sports, by providing the first ever combined historical rank of nations competing in futsal and football. The results highlight the most successful nations as well as a 'select group' that appear to be in an advantageous position to develop in future. It also provides indicative evidence as to the relationship between the two sports and recommends that both sports may be able to benefit from a more collaborative approach to development.

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