The future of European futsal – male and female – was displayed over the last week in the qualifying tournaments for the 2018 Youth Olympic games.
In the men's competition, Russia, Portugal and Spain all secured nine points from three games while Italy also topped their group with two wins and a draw, ahead of the Czech Republic who were also unbeaten. Russia scored 34 goals and conceded just three for the overall best record, ahead of Portugal who scored 31 and let in ten.
Portugal and Spain also ended up with 100% records in the women's groups, the first competitive female futsal played under the UEFA banner. Russia and Italy were runners-up in the groups.
The eventual European representatives will be picked by the NOCs once all the qualification tournaments in the team sports have been played. Spain, Italy and Russia all finished in the top three of the men's beach handball qualifier, while Portugal were third in the women's section.
The competitions were also preludes to the new UEFA Women's Futsal EURO and men's Under-19 Futsal EURO, for which the first final tournaments are in 2019.
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