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.
The Belgian city of Antwerp will stage UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 from 28 January to 8 February with 11 qualifiers joining the hosts.
The decision was made at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Venice in December 2011, as the Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA-KBVB) beat off competition from the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) and the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF). It will be the first futsal final tournament to take place in Belgium.
By being based in the 2013 European Capital of Sport, Antwerp, the tournament will continue Belgium's proud tradition of holding major continental events, not least their joint hosting of UEFA EURO 2000 and more recently the 2007 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Belgium also competed in the European national team futsal showpieces of 1996, 2003 and 2010, while Action 21 Charleroi played in three of the first four UEFA Futsal Cup finals – becoming the first non-Spanish winners in 2005.
Antwerp mayor Patrick Janssens said: "Futsal really is alive in Antwerp. Antwerp is ready to organise the EURO. We have all the necessary facilities.
A sport like futsal is attractive to all sections of the population and in Antwerp it acts as an important instrument for social cohesion."
URBSFA-KBVB president François De Keersmaecker added: "For Belgium and our FA it is a real honour to organise a EURO tournament again. I think Antwerp is ready to organise it."
Belgium will be following in the footsteps of previous Futsal EURO hosts Croatia (2012), Hungary (2010), Portugal (2007), Czech Republic (2005), Italy (2003), Russia (2001) and Spain (the first UEFA European Futsal Championship of 1999 and also the 1996 UEFA European tournament). Serbia stages the 2016 finals.
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