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2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup final tournament: Colombia

Colombia will staged the eighth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 10 September to 1 October 2016 with seven European teams among the 24 teams.
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup final tournament: Colombia
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Road to the final

European qualifying for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup comprises two group stages and a play-off round.

Preliminary round
The lower-ranked nations are drawn into four-team mini-tournaments played from 22 to 25 October 2015. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the countries and each team plays one another once with the group winners progressing alongside the best two runners-up.

Main round
The preliminary round qualifiers join the remaining entrants in seven groups of four nations held from 10 to 13 December 2015. The top two in each group go into the play-offs.

Play-offs
The group winners will be drawn against the runners-up to form seven two-legged ties played on 22 March and 8 to 12 April 2016. The aggregate victors qualify for the final tournament.

Finals
Twenty-four teams, including the seven European qualifiers, will compete in Colombia from 10 September to 1 October 2016.

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

Key information

2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup final tournament: Colombia

Colombia will staged the eighth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 10 September to 1 October 2016 with seven European teams among the 24 teams.

Colombia staged the eighth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 10 September to 1 October 2016, won for the first time by Argentina.

As for the 2012 finals, the first with 24 teams, seven European sides qualified, including debutants Azerbaijan. Spain lost the 2012 final to Brazil and Italy beat Colombia for third place.

How the groups finished
Group A:
Portugal 7pts, Colombia (hosts) 5, Uzbekistan 3, Panama 1
Group B: Russia 9, Thailand 6, Egypt* 3, Cuba 0
Group C: Italy 9, Paraguay 6, Vietnam* 3, Guatemala 0
Group D: Brazil (holders), 9, Ukraine 6, Australia 3, Mozambique 0
Group E: Argentina 7, Kazakhstan 6, Costa Rica* 4, Solomon Islands 0
Group F: Spain 9, Azerbaijan 4, Iran* 4, Morocco 0

  • Group stage results
  • The top two in each group plus the four best third-placed teams (*) progressed to the knockout phase.
  • How the knockout phase went

Round of 16:
Russia 7-0 Vietnam, Medellin
Colombia 0-0 (2-3pens) Paraguay, Cali
Brazil 4-4 (2-3pens) Iran, Bucaramanga
Spain 5-2 Kazakhstan, Medellin
Portugal 4-0 Costa Rica, Cali
Argentina 1-0 (aet) Ukraine, Bucaramanga
Thailand 8-13 (aet) Azerbaijan, Medellin
Italy 3-4 (aet) v Egypt, Cali

Quarter-finals:
Paraguay 3-4 (aet) Iran, Bucaramanga
Russia 6-2 Spain, Cali
Argentina 5-0 Egypt, Medellin
Portugal 3-2 Azerbaijan, Cali

Semi-finals:
Iran 3-4 Russia, Medellin
Argentina 5-2 Portugal, Cali

Third-place play-off:
Iran 2-2 (4-3pens) Portugal, Cali

Final:
Russia 4-5 Argentina, Cali

  • World Cup roll of honour

2016: Argentina 5-4 Russia (Colombia)
2012: Brazil 3-2 aet Spain (Thailand)
2008: Brazil 2-2, 4-3 pens Spain (Brazil)
2004: Spain 2-1 Italy (Chinese Taipei)
2000: Spain 4-3 Brazil (Guatemala)
1996: Brazil 6-4 Spain (Spain)
1992: Brazil 4-1 United States (Hong Kong)
1989: Brazil 2-1 Netherlands (Netherlands)

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