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24 clubs will compete in the Brazilian National Futsal League (Liga Nacional de Futsal – LNF) 2023 season, Brasília is back and Sport Futuro, formerly Marechal, and São Lourenço will debut. Corinthians, the current champions, will defend their championship title that brings together historical brands and names since 1996 when it all started.
As in the last three editions, both the first phase rounds and the Playoffs will be covered by LNF TV and Sportv. The streaming channel, through the pay-per-view package, broadcasts all matches, except one game per round, which will be exclusive to the closed channel in its programming schedule.
Created in 1996, the LNF had Inter as the first champion. Ortiz, center of a historic team, ended up the top scorer that year with 25 goals. In terms of the ball in the net in a single edition, to this day, no one surpasses Manoel Tobias. In 1999, for Atlético Mineiro, he scored an incredible 52 goals. However, if all editions are added up, the top scorer is the genius Falcão. He ended up the top scorer six times. The current captain of the Magnus, Rodrigo, has four top-scorer trophies and if he takes one more, he’ll touch Lenisio, with five.
The greatest champions of the LNF are from the south of Brazil. The predominance is great, with five ACBF titles and four from Jaraguá. The Gauchos decided the title eight times and the Santa Catarina, six times. Among the coaches, the greatest champion of all is Fernando Ferreti, with five achievements, followed by PC Oliveira.
In 2023, the National Futsal League will be played again in the traditional format. There will be a total of 306 matches, counting the first phase, where the teams play in a single shift, and the Playoffs, with the 16 best classifieds. According to last year’s classification, the top 12 teams will play 12 matches at home and 11 away, and the remaining teams will play 11 matches at home and 12 away.
In addition to the champion’s trophy, at the end of the LNF, the championship team will be chosen, the star, the revelation, and the best coach. In 2022, the chosen team had goalkeeper Anderson, from Minas Gerais, Allan, who stood out in the campaign of finalist Corinthians, left winger Serginho, one of the top scorers in Atlântico, right winger William, from Jaraguá, and in front, Dieguinho, top scorer in the league and who left Joinville to work abroad in Indonesia for Bintang Timur Surabaya based in Surabaya, East Java and plays in the Indonesia Pro Futsal League.
Traditionally played in the interior of Brazil, the LNF repeats the democratic character among the states where the sport is most practiced. Paraná will have the largest number of representatives clubs with seven teams, followed by Santa Catarina with six, São Paulo with five, Rio Grande do Sul with three, Minas Gerais with two, and one from the Federal District.
- Paraná: Esporte Futuro, Marreco, Cascavel, Campo Mourão, Foz Cataratas, Pato and Umuarama;
- Santa Catarina: Blumenau, Jaraguá, Joaçaba, Joinville, São Lourenço and Tubarão;
- São Paulo: Corinthians, Magnus, Santo André Intelli, São José and Taubaté;
- Rio Grande do Sul: ACBF, Assoeva and Atlântico;
- Minas Gerais: Minas and Praia Clube;
- Federal District: Brasilia.
Liga Nacional de Futsal together with Win the Game, a banker in the sports and entertainment sector, and Ernst & Young (EY), one of the largest consulting and auditing companies in the world, announced a partnership with the aim of strengthening the national championship of the sport. Based on governance and strategic planning, the focus is on attracting more investment to the League, in addition to bringing the LNF closer to the fans and attracting new generations to the sport.
“LNF’s partnership with EY and WTG will bring numerous benefits, such as the combination of resources and expertise, the expansion of market reach, and the creation of new business opportunities”, says Norberto Mello, executive director of LNF.
“It is a joint project with EY, to reorganize the League in terms of governance and strategic planning. This will verify costs, sources of income and possibilities for future earnings and we will look for possible expansion plans. All with a growth projection”, says Claudio Pracownik, CEO of Win the Game.
In addition to this restructuring, the appreciation of such a strong product internationally, such as Brazilian futsal, is one of the purposes to be achieved by partner companies. “Our role is to be a facilitator, bring benchmarking, and help guide the process. The League is sovereign in decision-making, we are a means to achieve these ends. We bring strategy, knowledge, and processes”, says Claudio, when talking about the role of Win the Game.
Pedro Daniel, executive director for the sports market at EY, says that the partnership enhances the excellence of the National Futsal League. “Brazilian futsal is a world reference for its titles, talents, and pioneering spirit. This pioneering spirit is translated into the league model implemented by the entity, which serves as an example for all. Together with WTG we want to maximize the potential of the competition, transforming it into a hub of excellence.” And he still points out, “we want to use the best international practices and apply them to the LNF, so that it remains a pioneer in the sports ecosystem, bringing more transparency and better governance to all stakeholders involved.”
If you didn’t watch the final of the LNF last season or you have yet to watch Brazilian futsal or the sport at all then watch the match below between
Founded in 1996 as Liga Futsal, with a franchise model similar to North American leagues. In 2014, the twenty franchises came together and independently formed the LNF (Liga Nacional de Futsal). Currently, LNF has 24 franchisees and teams in six states of the country.
Win the Game
Founded as a result of a Joint Venture between the holding company of BTG Pactual, the largest investment bank in Latin America, and Fix Delivery Partners, owned by businessman Claudio Pracownik, Win the Game aims to include sport in the economic entertainment segment, generating new revenues, disseminating information and contributing to the professionalization of its management. With the aim of connecting teams, institutions, associations, clubs and athletes to the market and good governance practices, Win wants to bring its customers from all parts of the entertainment chain closer together, with innovative solutions to expand the public’s experience beyond the courts.
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