Futsal Whites to play highly-ranked opponents in three-match series

The Futsal Whites will play a three-match international series against Iran, Morocco and Vietnam as part of their preparation for the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

The matches will be played in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in late March.

IR Iran (FIFA rank #7), and Morocco (#8) are among the powerhouses of international futsal, both reaching the quarter-finals at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

IR Iran have qualified for every FIFA Futsal World Cup since 1992, finishing third at the 2016 edition, and have won the AFC Asian Futsal Cup a record 12 times.

Morocco have won three straight Arab Futsal Cups (2023, 2022 and 2021) as well as the last Futsal Confederations Cup in 2022.

Vietnam (#38) are looking to qualify for a third consecutive FIFA Futsal World Cup, with qualifiers taking place following this series, and reached the Round of 16 in 2021.

New Zealand’s Futsal Whites, who have qualified for their first-ever FIFA Futsal World Cup, are ranked #49 with FIFA.

Marvin Eakins … ‘these games are hugely important.’

Futsal Whites head coach Marvin Eakins says the series is a perfect opportunity for his side to experience top-level competition before the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year:

“I’m delighted to be taking the team to Vietnam in March and testing ourselves against some of the best teams in the world which is critical as part of our FIFA Futsal World Cup preparations.

“We are going to the World Cup to compete and hopefully make history, and these games are hugely important for getting the squad ready to perform on the biggest stage.”


Game to be played on Thursday March 28, 2024

New Zealand v Vietnam
Lanh Binh Thang Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, 11pm (NZT)

Game to be played on Saturday March 30, 2024

New Zealand v Iran
Lanh Binh Thang Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, 8pm (NZT)

Game to be played on Sunday March 31, 2024

New Zealand v Morocco
Lanh Binh Thang Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, 8pm (NZT)

About the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup

The tournament will be staged in Uzbekistan from September 14 – October 6, 2024.

It will be the 10th Futsal World Cup and 24 teams will participate, including the host nation and New Zealand.

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