UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 comprises of a preliminary round, main round, play-off round and 12-team final tournament played in Slovenia.
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.
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.
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.
• Based in the Lora district also home to HNK Hajduk Split, the Spaladium Arena takes its name from the Latin name for Split and opened on 27 December 2008 with a concert featuring Oliver Dragojević and Toni Cetinski, in time for the following month's World Men's Handball Championship. It can hold as many as 15,000 people for concerts.
• Among events held there since are a Davis Cup tennis quarter-final between Croatia and Serbia, MMA and K-1 combat events, home games for basketball side KK Split and futsal tournaments.
• UEFA Futsal EURO 2012 Group A, featuring Croatia, will be played at the Spaladium Arena along with the three Group C matches and two quarter-finals.
• Located in the south of Croatia on the eastern shore of the Adriatic, Split is the nation's second city with a wider metropolitan population of close to 500,000 and was originally a Greek settlement. Split has a great sporting tradition, notably staging the 1990 European Athletics Championships, as well as giving the world Goran Ivanišević.
•In futsal, MNK Split have been the dominant force in Croatia, their 2010/11 title the seventh since 1996/97. They reached the 2001/02 UEFA Futsal Cup semi-finals, perhaps Croatia's greatest achievement in the sport.
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