6 July, Nyon
Preliminary round (22 to 27 August)
• The lowest-ranked teams in the UEFA Futsal Cup club coefficient rankings for 2017/18 will begin in the preliminary round (the exact number will depend on the overall volume of entries).
• Every group contains one side each from the four seeding pots, ranked by coefficient (or some from the top three pots if there are groups of three).
• Clubs will be pre-selected as mini-tournament hosts and drawn separately before being placed in their appropriate seeding position.
• Group winners and possibly (depending on the number of entries) one or more best runners-up will progress to the main round.
Main round (10 to 15 October)
• In a new format, all contenders excused the preliminary round will begin in the main round.
• The main round, with an expanded field of 32 clubs, will now be split into two separate paths.
• Path A will consist of 16 teams including the holders. In addition, the sides ranked first to 11th and 16th to 19th in the UEFA Futsal Cup club coefficient rankings (excluding the holders) will go into Path A. They will be drawn into four groups of four, with the top three in each advancing to the elite round.
• Path B will comprise the other 16 teams (ranked 12th to 15th and 20th downwards, including the preliminary round qualifiers). These will be drawn into four groups of four with the first-placed sides proceeding to the elite round.
Preliminary & main round draw: 6 July
Preliminary round: 22–27 August
Main round: 10–15 October
Elite round draw: 19 October
Elite round: 21–26 November
Finals draw: tbc
Finals: 19 or 20 & 21 or 22 April
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The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.
Depending on the number of entrants, the lower-ranked nations are drawn into three or four-team mini-tournaments played at the start of the season. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the clubs and each team plays each other once with the group winners progressing.
The preliminary round winners join all but the four highest-ranked entrants excused the previous stage. They are drawn into six groups of four, staged as one-venue mini-tournaments, with the top two teams going through.
The 12 teams progressing from the main round join the four top seeds and are drawn into four groups of four teams. The winners of the one-venue mini-tournaments in late autumn progress to the finals.
The four-team finals are held over a weekend in late April and hosted by one of the qualifiers. The tournament is played as a knockout with the semi-finals followed two days later by the final and third-place play-off. If the third-place match is level after 40 minutes it goes straight to penalties, in the other games ten minutes of extra time will be played.
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.