Futsal started in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani created a version of indoor football for recreation in YMCAs. In 1965 the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol de Salon (South American Futsal Confederation) was formed, consisting of Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
The sport began to spread across South America, and its popularity ensured that a governing body was formed under the name of FIFUSA (Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón) in 1971, comprising Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay, along with the World Championships. The first FIFUSA World Championships were held in São Paulo, with hosts Brazil crowned champions ahead of Paraguay and Uruguay. Even more countries participated in the second World Championships held in Madrid in 1985.
Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain). In the 90s, FIFA wanted to promote and spread its own version of indoor football, different from the original one played in the South American Countries but didn’t manage to find an agreement with FIFUSA in the Rio de Janeiro Congress in 1989. In 2000, there was an attempt to repair the situation in Guatemala, while FIFA was celebrating in this Country its fifth World Championship.
In 2002 FIFUSA was reorganised into AMF. In 2016 AFA and a number of other world bodies from both AMF and FIFA have left their respective organisations to concentrate on Futsal only. (Not football) . The International Futsal Alliance with members from every continent has now been formed with it’s Under 17 World cup being hosted by Scotland in 2016.
At the present time AFA is still offering 17 , 20, Womens and Men ‘s World cup and other world class games such as the Pacific Cup, Borneo Cup and China Cup , as extra pathways for it’s members.