Elite round draw
Group A: Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)*, Inter FS (ESP), FC Grand Pro Varna (BUL), Futsal Team Charleroi (BEL)
Group B: Araz Naxçivan (AZE), ISK Dina Moskva (RUS), Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK), FK EP Chrudim (CZE)*
Group C: Kairat Almaty (KAZ)*, Sporting Club de Paris (FRA), FK Nikars Riga (LVA), KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB)
Group D: FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)*, MVFC Berettyóújfalu (HUN), Baku United FC (ENG), Lokomotiv Kharkiv (UKR)
14.00CET, 17 October, Nyon
• The 12 teams that came through the main round join the four given byes to this stage: FC Barcelona, Kairat Almaty, Sporting Clube de Portugal and last season's finals hosts Araz Naxçivan.
• There will be three tiers of seeds: the four top-ranked sides given byes to this round; main round group winners; main round group runners-up.
• Two groups will contain one top-ranked side, two group winners and one runner-up; the other two will contain one top-ranked side, one group winner and two runners-up.
• The four hosts will be drawn separately so there is one team in each group, while retaining their respective seedings. Thereby Araz will definitely be top seeds in the group hosted by FK EP Chrudim.
• No team can meet a club they faced in the main round, but there is no country protection, so Barcelona can play Inter FS.
• Due to a UEFA Emergency Panel decision, ISK Dina Moskva of Russia cannot play Lokomotiv Kharkiv of Ukraine.
• The four elite round group winners progress to the knockout finals which one of them will host (selected by UEFA Executive Committee on 27 January).
Top seeds: FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)*, Kairat Almaty (KAZ)*, Araz Naxçivan (AZE), Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)*
Main round group winners: Sporting Club de Paris (FRA, Group 1), FK Nikars Riga (LVA, 2), ISK Dina Moskva (RUS, 3), Inter FS (ESP, 4), Baku United FC (ENG, 5), MVFC Berettyóújfalu (HUN, 6)
Main round group runners-up: FK EP Chrudim (CZE, 1)*, FC Grand Pro Varna (BUL, 2), Futsal Team Charleroi (BEL, 3), Lokomotiv Kharkiv (UKR, 4), KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB, 5), Slov-Matic Bratislava (SVK, 6)
Matches: 18–23 November
Four-team finals: Late April
• Inter are aiming to become the first four-time winners; Barcelona are aiming to join them on three titles.
• The other former winners involved, Kairat, maintain their record of appearing in the elite round every season since the current format began in 2006/07.
• Baku United and Grand Pro Varna are the only teams remaining from the preliminary round.
• Bulgaria's Varna, England's Baku and France's Sporting Paris are the first clubs from their nations to reach the elite round.
• Dina Moskva are the sole first-time entrants to reach the elite round this season.
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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.