The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.
Depending on the number of entrants, the lower-ranked nations are drawn into three or four-team mini-tournaments played at the start of the season. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the clubs and each team plays each other once with the group winners progressing.
The preliminary round winners join all but the four highest-ranked entrants excused the previous stage. They are drawn into six groups of four, staged as one-venue mini-tournaments, with the top two teams going through.
The 12 teams progressing from the main round join the four top seeds and are drawn into four groups of four teams. The winners of the one-venue mini-tournaments in late autumn progress to the finals.
The four-team finals are held over a weekend in late April and hosted by one of the qualifiers. The tournament is played as a knockout with the semi-finals followed two days later by the final and third-place play-off. If the third-place match is level after 40 minutes it goes straight to penalties, in the other games ten minutes of extra time will be played.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the
official competition regulations.
Media are invited to apply to the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) for accreditation to attend the UEFA Futsal Cup finals in Tbilisi.
Application is directly through the GFF at http://gff.ge/media-en.aspx no later than Friday 19 April. The process is available in Georgian and English.
Hosts Iberia Star Tbilisi will be joined by holders FC Barcelona, regular semi-finalists Kairat Almaty and 2007 winners MFK Dinamo of Russia in the event at the Tbilisi Sport Palace from 26 to 28 April. On the first of those dates the semi-finals will be played, and these ties will be set in the draw ceremony starting from 19.00 local time (16.00CET) on 27 March at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi.
(All times local, CET +2 hours)
Semi-final 1 :18.00
Semi-final 2: 20.30
Third-place play-off: 18.00
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