Nine months from the start of the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania ™, FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) unveiled the official emblem at the MO Museum in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on January 17, 2020.
Lithuanian Football Association (LFF) President Tomas Danilevičius, LFF General Secretary Edgaras Stankevičius, and FIFA Tournament Head Jaime Yarza greeted the guests and spoke before the official emblem was unveiled in a dramatic light show.
The emblem highlights two of the proudest features of Lithuania: its natural resources and technological know-how. The base of the emblem represents the country’s lush green landscape, adorned with oak leaves. The native oak, a symbol of strength, has been venerated in Lithuania for centuries.
Following the example of the FIFA Futsal World Cup trophy, oak trees in the colors of the Lithuanian flag farmland and meadows. The emphasis on the landscape underscores Lithuania’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage.
The upper half of the emblem is inspired by Lithuania’s modern technological industry. Lasers are shooting up to commemorate the country’s achievements in science and high-tech.
“Hosting the FIFA Futsal World Cup is already a great achievement for Lithuania as it is the biggest football event in our country,” said Danilevičius. “The Lithuanian audience loves sports. We can’t wait to introduce this energetic game to them – and we’re proud to welcome the world to us at home. “
“We are delighted to be able to bring the FIFA Futsal World Cup to Lithuania this year,” said Jean-François Pathy, FIFA Marketing Director. “The emblem embodies the spirit of this competition: modern, dynamic and entertaining. We are sure that the Lithuanian people and all futsal fans worldwide will experience an unforgettable three-week tournament. “
Twenty-four teams compete in three Lithuanian cities, with Kaunas and Klaipėda, along with Vilnius, hosting the games. It is the first time that the country is hosting a FIFA event and Lithuania is making its debut in this competition. The last FIFA Futsal World Cup in Europe took place in 1996 when Spain welcomed the fast-paced tournament.
The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020 will take place from September 12 to October 4, 2020. The schedule and the official venues will be announced by FIFA in due course.