The UEFA European Futsal Championship final draw will be held at 16.00CET on 24 September at the Kölcsey Convention Centre, Debrecen after the 12-team lineup was decided at the weekend.
Debrecen's Főnix Arena is one of two venues for the tournament in Hungary from 19 to 30 January 2010 along with the Papp László Sportaréna in Budapest, with 12 teams to take part in an increase from the previous eight. The finalists will be drawn into four groups of three teams, with one side to come from each of three seeding tiers. The top tier consists of hosts Hungary, holders Spain and former winners Italy and Russia, while 2007 qualifiers Ukraine, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Serbia are in the second grouping and the remaining pot will consist of Slovenia, Belgium and debutants Belarus and Azerbaijan.
After the group stage between 19 and 24 January, with a game each day in both venues, the top two teams in each pool will progress to the quarter-finals on 25 and 26 January. The semi-finals will be played on 28 January at the Főnix Arena with the final and third-place play-off two days later at the same venue.
UEFA futsal competition manager Laurent Morel said: "We have noticed much more competitive and close matches during this qualifying phase, with tight scores, last-gasp decisions and amazing emotions and performances, which were not that frequent in the previous editions. Experience in the decisive moments probably made the difference. We can therefore have high expectations for the final tournament in Hungary, and will aim high to deliver the best conditions to the teams for the best Futsal Championship ever."
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