Originally known by names such as salon soccer or five-a-side, futsal is essentially an indoor game that many denote as having its formal beginning in Uruguay in 1930
While South America had been conducting a continental championship since 1964, the first world championship wasn't staged until 1982 in Brazil, and FIFA's first sanctioned World Cup came seven years later. The name futsal was officially adopted by FIFA in 1992.
Canada and the United States represented CONCACAF in the inaugural World Cup, and the United States returned three years later along with Costa Rica in the second. The confederation staged its first continental championship in 1996 in Guatemala and the eight-team tournament is held quadrennially, qualifying four teams for the Futsal World Cup.
Year Venue World Cup qualifiers
1989 No tournament Canada, United States
1992 No tournament Costa Rica, United States
1996 Guatemala Cuba, *United States
2000 Costa Rica *Costa Rica, Cuba, #Guatemala
2004 Costa Rica Cuba, *United States
2008 Guatemala Cuba, *Guatemala, United States
2012 Guatemala *Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama
* CONCACAF champion
# World Cup host