CISM FUTSAL CUP FOR PEACE 2011
CISM is an organisation joining 133 countries through military sports. It was founded on 18 February 1948 and is one of the major international associations. Its aim is to contribute to world peace by bringing together armed forces through sports. Three years after World War II, the idea of confronting armed forces in sports fields instead of battlefields was thus put into practice. The motto under which CISM operates is “Friendship through Sport”.
By organising 25 world championships and several hundred regional and other competitions in over 30 sport disciplines, CISM represents an important factor in international sports. One of the largest sport events are the Military World Games which take place every four years. So far, Military World Games have been organised in Rome (1995), Zagreb (1999), Catania (2003), Hyderabad, India (2007) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2011).
CISM Futsal Cup for Peace is a CISM initiative developed in 2009. Its aim is to foster sports cooperation among the military of new countries formed in the territory of former Yugoslavia. It includes six countries, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia. The teams are composed of 12 players and up to 4 team escorts. The first tournament was organised in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia and the second one in 2010 in Vinkovci, Croatia. At this year’s tournament, which is organised by the Slovenian Armed Forces and CISM and will take place by between 25 and 26 October in Novo Mesto, the organiser of the 2012 tournament will be selected.