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.
Design: Blue Infinity, Geneva
Material: Metal alloy and plexiglass
The upper part of the trophy, complete with plexiglass ball, conveys the dynamism and harmony of futsal and also reflects the competition logo. The metal alloy circle frame and base-pillar reveal an alternation of matt and brilliant finishing, which accentuates the shape of the trophy and emphasises its noble appearance.
The trophy always remains with the cup winners for one year. UEFA is responsible for engraving the trophy with the name of the winning club. The holders must then return the trophy to UEFA two months before the beginning of the next final phase.
As a permanent souvenir, a scaled-down replica is awarded to the winners and the club may also have a copy of the trophy made, provided this copy is clearly marked as a replica and does not exceed four-fifths of the size of the original. The original trophy becomes the permanent property of any club that wins the competition three consecutive times or five times in total.
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