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Germany and Kosovo among Futsal EURO entrants

Published: Thursday 20 October 2016, 12.00CET
A record 48 teams have entered UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 including debutants Germany and Kosovo, with the qualifying draw at 14:30CEST on Friday setting the road to Slovenia.
Germany and Kosovo among Futsal EURO entrants
Germany formed their first national futsal squad this year ahead of 2018 qualifying ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2016, 12.00CET

Germany and Kosovo among Futsal EURO entrants

A record 48 teams have entered UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 including debutants Germany and Kosovo, with the qualifying draw at 14:30CEST on Friday setting the road to Slovenia.

Germany and Kosovo will enter their first UEFA Futsal EURO among a record 48 nations hoping to lift the trophy at Slovenia 2018.

While hosts Slovenia are assured of a place in the finals from 30 January–11 February 2018 at Arena Stožice, Ljubljana, the other 47 countries go into the qualifying draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon at 14:30CET on 21 October, streamed live on UEFA.com. The 21 teams with the highest coefficients, including holders Spain, receive a bye to the main round, with the other 26 hopefuls starting in the preliminary round.

Preliminary round: 23 January1 February 2017
Seven groups will be formed, five of four teams and two of three, all played as one-venue mini-tournaments.

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• The contenders will be split into four seeding tiers according to their coefficient ranking. Seven sides are designated as hosts (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Latvia, Lithuania and Wales) and drawn from a separate pot, while being placed into their groups according to their seeding tier (the two three-team groups will have no sides from the fourth pot).

• The seven group winners will advance to the main round.

Main round: 3–12 April 2017
Seven groups of four will be formed.

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• Again the sides will be divided into four seeding tiers, with the seven qualified teams from the preliminary round drawn in the fourth tier. The seven hosts are also pre-selected as per the preliminary round draw: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

• Based on decisions taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, Azerbaijan cannot play Armenia, Spain cannot play Gibraltar, and Kosovo cannot play either Serbia or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Therefore if Armenia, Gibraltar and/or Kosovo win their preliminary round group and qualify for a main round group with a team they cannot play against, they will be swapped with the next available team in position 4 following the alphabetical order of the groups.

• The seven qualifying round group winners will progress to join Slovenia in the final tournament. The seven runners-up plus the best third-placed team will enter the play-offs on 10–13 & 24–27 September 2017. The winners of the four two-legged ties will complete the 12-team line-up for the finals.

  • Entering in preliminary round

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Gibraltar will be one of the hosts

Hosts (seeding position):
Latvia (1)
Georgia (1)
Bulgaria (2)
Lithuania (3)
Cyprus (3)
Wales (3)
Gibraltar (3)

Other entrants:
Position 1
France
Norway
Sweden
England
Greece

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Denmark face Ukraine in 2016 qualifying

Position 2
Moldova
Denmark
Montenegro
Switzerland
Armenia
Andorra

Position 3
Albania
Israel
Estonia

Position 4
Malta
San Marino
Scotland
Germany (debut)
Kosovo (debut)

  • Entering in main round

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Kazakhstan were third in 2016

Hosts (seeding position):
Ukraine** (1)
Azerbaijan** (1)
Kazakhstan** (1)
Romania (2)
Belarus (3)
Poland (3)
Turkey (3)

Other entrants:
Positition 1
Spain** (holders)
Russia**
Portugal**
Italy**

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Serbia reached the 2016 semi-finals as hosts

Position 2
Serbia**
Croatia**
Czech Republic**
Hungary**
Slovakia
Netherlands

Position 3
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finland
FYR Macedonia

Position 4
Winners of preliminary round groups A–G

  • Finals hosts (bye):

Slovenia**

**qualified in 2016

Last updated: 21/10/16 14.15CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/futsaleuro/season=2016/draws/index.html