Japan to bid for 2020 Futsal World Cup


The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday it filed candidacy to FIFA to host the 2020 Futsal World Cup.

The JFA is aiming to get the tournament staged in Aichi Prefecture. It plans to hold the event in October and November with the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics being held in the summer.

“I’m convinced the hosting and staging of the tournament will lead to the future popularization of futsal and development of the next generation of players in Japan and Asia,” JFA president Kuniya Daini said in a statement.

The JFA decided to bid for the event at a board meeting in 2014. The host nation will be decided in December, and it will be the first time for Japan to host the competition if selected.

The JFA also announced that Shriker Osaka manager Kenichiro Kogure will be Japan’s interim coach for next month’s international friendly tournament in Aichi after Miguel Rodrigo stepped down this month.

The Spaniard, who was appointed in 2009, failed to guide Japan to the Futsal World Cup for the first time in four tournaments after losing 6-2 to Kyrgyzstan in the fifth place play-off match of the AFC Futsal Championship last month.