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UEFA Futsal EURO preliminary & main round draws

A record 48 teams have entered UEFA Futsal EURO 2018.

UEFA Futsal EURO preliminary & main round draws

A record 48 teams have entered UEFA Futsal EURO 2018.

Preliminary round draw: 23 January–1 February 2017
Group A:
Georgia (hosts), Switzerland, Israel, Scotland

Group B: Greece, Moldova, Wales (hosts), San Marino

Group C: Latvia (hosts), Armenia, Estonia, Germany

Group D: England, Bulgaria (hosts), Albania, Malta

Group E: Norway, Denmark, Cyprus (hosts), Kosovo

Group F: France, Andorra, Lithuania (hosts)

Group G: Sweden, Montenegro, Gibraltar (hosts)

Main round draw: 3–12 April 2017
Group 1:
Italy, Netherlands, Belarus (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group A

Group 2: Azerbaijan (hosts), Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Winner preliminary round Group D

Group 3: Ukraine (hosts), Croatia, Belgium, Winner preliminary round Group G

Group 4: Portugal, Romania (hosts), Finland, Winner preliminary round Group C

Group 5: Spain (holders), Serbia, Poland (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group B

Group 6: Kazakhstan (hosts), Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Winner preliminary round Group E

Group 7: Russia, Slovakia, Turkey (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group F

14:30CEST, 21 October, Nyon

While hosts Slovenia are assured of a place in the finals from 30 January–10 February 2018 at Arena Stožice in Ljubljana, the other 47 countries go into the qualifying draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on 21 October, streamed live on 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.

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Preliminary round: 23 January–1 February 2017
Seven groups are formed, five of four teams and two of three, all played as one-venue mini-tournaments.

• The contenders are split into four seeding tiers according to their coefficient rankings. 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 in accordance with their seeding tier (the two three-team groups have no sides from the fourth pot).

• The seven group winners advance to the main round.

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

• Again the teams will be divided into four seeding tiers, with the seven qualified sides 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 face 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 an opponent they cannot face, they will be swapped with the next available team in position 4 following the alphabetical order of the groups.

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

  • Entering in preliminary round

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

Other entrants:
Position 1

Position 2

Position 3

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

  • Entering in main round

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

Other entrants:
Positition 1
Spain** (holders)

Position 2
Czech Republic**

Position 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina
FYR Macedonia

Position 4
Winners of preliminary round groups A–G

  • Finals hosts (bye):


**qualified in 2016



Road to the final

UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 comprises of a preliminary round, main round, play-off round and 12-team final tournament played in Slovenia.

Preliminary round
Five groups of four teams each and two of three are played as one-venue mini-tournaments from 23 January to 1 February 2017  The seven group winners progress to the main round.

Main round
The seven progressing sides join the 21 highest-ranked qualifying contenders in seven groups of four teams played as one-venue mini-tournaments between 3 and 12 April 2017. The seven group winners progress to the final tournament, where they join hosts Slovenia, while the seven runners-up and best third-placed team enter the play-offs.

The eight teams are drawn into four pairs to play two-legged ties in September 2017. The four winners complete the final tournament lineup.

Final tournament
The final tournament between 30 January and 10 February 2018 will begin with the 12 contenders draw into four groups of three teams. The top two from each group will progress to the quarter-finals, from where the tournament is a knockout competition.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.