TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran leads Asia with 13 nominations in the 19th edition of the UMBRO Futsal Awards 2018.
- Sports news - Iranian futsal coaches Mohammad Nazemalsharieh and Shahrzad Mozafar have been nominated for the world's best coach.
Nazemalsharieh led the men's futsal team to the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship title, while Mozafar helped the women's team win back-to-back titles in the AFC Futsal Championship (2017-2018).
Fatemeh Etedadi has been shortlisted for the Best Female Player in the world.
Etedadi scored nine goals for Iran at the 2018 AFC Women's Futsal Championship and played a significant role in the team's second consecutive title triumph.
Iran's men's and women's futsal teams have been nominated for the best national team in the world. Both teams won the 2018 AFC Futsal Championships.
Mes Sungun has been shortlisted for the world's best futsal club.
Mes Sungun, headed by Hamid Bigham Tabrizi, won the 2018 AFC Futsal Club Championship in August after beating Miguel Rodrigo's Thai Son Nam 2-1 at Yogyakarta.
Bigham Tabrizi has been shortlisted for the best futsal club coach in the world.
Alireza Samimi from Iran has been nominated for the Best Goalkeeper in the World. He joins compatriot, female goalkeeper Farzaneh Tavasoli in the race for the award.
Samimi helped Mes Sungun win 2018 FC Futsal Club Championship in August. He also played a significant role in Iran winning the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship in Chinese Taipei in February.
Gelareh Nazemi has been shortlisted with eight other referees for the Best Referee Award.
Nazemi, 34, is the first Iranian futsal referee to be nominated for the prestigious award.
She officiated the final of the Women's Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament Buenos Aires 2018 between Portugal and Japan in October.
Nazemi was also invited to officiate at the European Women's Futsal Cup to be held in Portugal in February.
Tohid Lotfi has been nominated for the Best Young Player in the World award.
Farhad Tavakoli and Hossein Tayebi have been nominated for the Best Player in the World.
The winners of the UMBRO Futsal Awards 2018 will be announced on January 10.