Preparations complete, it's now time to play
The hammers have been put aside, and it's time for action as the Fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship begins Saturday in Guatemala, the first of two FIFA world championships in the CONCACAF region in the next 12 months.
The Polideportivo, a former bullring given a roof and created into a 7,500-seat arena - the largest sports arena in Central America - will serve as the primary venue for the championship, hosting the opening ceremonies on Saturday afternoon. Then, the host country will face Portugal (kickoff 14:00 local time), followed by Brazil opening defense of their three consecutive world futsal titles against Kazakhstan.
The second site in the tournament, the Palacio Teodoro Flores (known as the Domo), saw its inauguration Sunday night when the host country defeated a local club side. Two of the goals on the night were scored by Fredy Garcia, who saw a suspension for his country's key World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica turn out well as he is now available to play in the futsal championship.