A day before the start of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012, the Fan Zone next to the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok was inaugurated.

At 16:00, the doors of the FIFA Fan Zone were opened, offering futsal followers the chance to enjoy a mini-court, as well as numerous other activities offered by FIFA Partners Sony, Coca-Cola, KIA and adidas. Furthermore, a big screen will show all the tournament’s matches, including the ones played in the neighbouring Nimibutr Stadium, in case the games there are sold-out.

In the Fan Zone, which will only be closed on non-matchdays, aficionados of the indoor game will be able to showcase their own skills and get up close to the FIFA Futsal World Cup mascot. They can also purchase souvenirs of the tournament, which runs from 1-18 November. An additional highlight of the opening day was a mini concert from Slot Machine, the band responsible for the official FIFA Futsal World Cup song, who added to the excited atmosphere among the enthusiastic fans.

FIFA.com witnessed events first hand and put together a gallery of the best images to help get you into the FIFA Futsal World Cup spirit. Take a look for yourself.