Cali, Sept 30, 2015: The Official Emblem for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 was unveiled today, 29 September, in a festive event at the Hotel Dann Carlton in Cali. The eighth edition of the competition, scheduled to be played from 10 September to 1 October 2016, will take place in the Colombian cities of Cali, Medellín, Bucaramanga and Ibagué.
Among those present were Ramon Jesurún Franco, chairman of the Colombia 2016 Local Organising Committee (LOC); Luis Bedoya, deputy chairman of FIFA’s Futsal Committee and the chairman of the Colombian Football Association (FCF), Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco, Mayor of Cali, Andrés Botero, Coldeportes Director, and Osmar Fonnegra, coach of the Colombian national team, among others.
The Official Emblem embodies Colombia’s rich history, traditional culture and unique landscape.
The design, based on the shape of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Official Trophy, takes a fresh direction with a fluid and abstract form and features the three colours of the Colombian national flag.
The base represents the two seas that meet the country’s coastline – the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The body comprises the rugged peaks of the Andes and the ancient culture’s sacred Yurupari flute. The ball on top includes a human element, showing the country’s rich cultural diversity from ancient civilisations to the vibrancy and warm hospitality of the Colombian people today.
The design of the Official Look evokes the festive, carnival atmosphere and diverse mix of culture that Colombia and its people are known for. The visual elements of the look represent the rich cultural, geographical and historical diversity of the South American country.
Utilising a vibrant mix of colours from the country’s national flag and its lush, tropical landscape, the design features patterns and forms inspired by indigenous tapestries, pre-Columbian art and the wealth of homespun handicrafts and textiles that Colombia is famous for. Also represented is the country’s breath-taking geography and fauna, from the rugged mountains of the Andes to the luscious green rainforest and the azure Caribbean Sea. —- FIFA