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 (and if needed a certain number of runners-up) progressing.
The preliminary round winners join the remaining entrants. In Path A, the holders, and the other teams ranked 1 to 11 and 16 to 19 (excluding the holders) are drawn into four groups of four from which the top three go through. In Path B the remaining 16 teams including the sides progressing from the preliminary round are drawn into four groups of group from which the winners go into the elite round.
The 16 teams progressing from the main round 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. Those matches will then be decided on penalties if the scores are still level.
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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