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.
• The complex was opened in August 2009 by Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliye.
• The multi-purpose arena in the Azerbaijani capital is used for boxing, taekwondo, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling as well as futsal.
• Baku, 28 metres below sea level, is in the far east of Azerbaijan. Among its attractions is the famed Walled City.
• Host club Araz Naxçivan have dominated Azerbaijani futsal since switching from football in 2004, winning all nine league championships they have entered. They finished third in the 2010 UEFA Futsal Cup and made the semis again four years later, selected as hosts.
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