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Tbilisi Palace of Sports

The 9,450-capacity Tbilisi Palace of Sports in the Georgian capital opened in 1961 and was renovated six years ago, playing host to basketball, handball, judo, tennis, boxing and now futsal.
Tbilisi Palace of Sports
Iberia training at the Tbilisi Palace of Sport ©Miguel Albuquerque

Road to the final

The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.

Preliminary round
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.

Main round
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.

Elite round
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.

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.

Tbilisi Palace of Sports

The 9,450-capacity Tbilisi Palace of Sports in the Georgian capital opened in 1961 and was renovated six years ago, playing host to basketball, handball, judo, tennis, boxing and now futsal.

Capacity: 9,450
Opened: 1961 (renovated 2007)

• The landmark venue in the Georgian capital was first used primarily by basketball's BC Dinamo Tbilisi and indeed remains the largest arena built specially for that sport in the former Soviet Union.

• It was reopened in August 2007 by Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava, with a new, larger playing surface and generally improved facilities for athletes, spectators and media.

• As well as basketball, the arena stages handball, judo, tennis, boxing and major concerts.

• The Palace of Sport has a long history with futsal and in the second season of UEFA club competion staged a 2002/03 first qualifying round group hosted by Iberia Star Tbilisi. Iberia returned there for the 2011/12 main round (including a record crowd for that stage of 4,500 v Geneva Futsal) and Georgia played out a thrilling FIFA Futsal World Cup preliminary round mini-tournament at the venue in October 2011.

• Iberia then topped a 2012/13 UEFA Futsal Cup elite round group there in October, a 5,000 crowd watching them beat SL Benfica to reach the finals, which the Palace of Sport will stage.

Last updated: 22/02/13 13.29CET

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