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 11 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.
Arena Stožice in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana will stage UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 from 30 January to 11 February of that year.
The arena, opened in 2010, has a 12,500 capacity and is home to basketball team KK Olimpija as well as holding the international matches of volleyball side ACH Volley and handball outfit RK Krim. It was the venue for the EuroBasket 2013 finals.
The decision to award the finals was made at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on 26 January 2015 as the bid from the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) was selected ahead of others from FYR Macedonia and Romania. This will be the first futsal final tournament organised by Slovenia, although the country hosted the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
Slovenia thus follows in the footsteps of previous Futsal EURO hosts Serbia (2016), Belgium (2014), 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).
Twelve teams will compete in the finals, with Slovenia and 11 qualifiers split into four groups of three, with the top two from each emerging into the knockout phase.
During the qualification tournament, a preliminary round will reduce the number of teams for the main round of qualifying to 28. These will be divided into seven mini-tournament groups, with the winners qualifying automatically and the runners-up joining the best third-placed side in the play-offs to decide the remaining four finalists.
Road to Ljubljana
Preliminary & main round draws: 21 October 2016, Nyon
Preliminary round: 23 January–1 February 2017
Main round: 3–12 April 2017
Play-off draw: 6 July 2017, Nyon
Play-offs: 10–13 & 24–27 September 2017
Finals draw: tbc, Ljubljana
Finals: 30 January–11 February 2018, Arena Stožice, Ljubljana
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