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Futsal EURO 2022, Netherlands: all you need to know

The Netherlands will host UEFA Futsal EURO 2022 in Amsterdam and Groningen from 19 January to 6 February.

The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) will welcome its first major tournament in the sport since staging the inaugural FIFA Futsal World Cup in 1989, though it has been the venue for many major UEFA national-team and club events.

The 2022 finals, to be played from 19 January to 6 February that year, will be the first Futsal EURO since the switch from the biennial 12-team tournament to a 16-nation finals held every four years.

The draw

Group A: Netherlands (hosts), Serbia, Ukraine, Portugal (holders)

Group B: Kazakhstan, Italy, Slovenia, Finland

Group C: Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia

Group D: Georgia, Spain, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Schedule

The 16 contenders were drawn into four groups of four on 18 October at the KNVB Campus in Zeist. The top two in each group will progress to the knockout phase starting with the quarter-finals.

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All kick-off times CET

GROUP STAGE

Wednesday 19 January:

Group A
Serbia vs Portugal (17:30, Amsterdam)
Netherlands vs Ukraine (20:30, Amsterdam)

Thursday 20 January:

Group B
Kazakhstan vs Slovenia (17:30, Groningen)
 Italy vs Finland (20:30, Groningen)

Futsal EURO 2018 final highlights
Futsal EURO 2018 final highlights

Friday 21 January:

Group C
Russia vs Slovakia (17:30, Amsterdam)
Poland vs Croatia (20:30, Amsterdam)

Saturday 22 January:

Group D
Georgia vs Azerbaijan (14:30, Groningen)
Spain vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (17:30, Groningen)

Sunday 23 January:

Group A
Serbia vs Ukraine (14:30, Amsterdam)
Portugal vs Netherlands (17:30, Amsterdam)

Monday 24 January:

Group B
Italy vs Slovenia (17:30, Groningen)
Finland vs Kazakhstan (20:30, Groningen)

Tuesday 25 January:

Group C
Croatia vs Russia (17:30, Amsterdam)
Poland vs Slovakia (20:30, Amsterdam)

Wednesday 26 January:

Group D
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Georgia (17:30, Groningen)
Spain vs Azerbaijan (20:30, Groningen)

Friday 28 January:

Group B
Kazakhstan vs Italy (17:30, Groningen)
Slovenia vs Finland (17:30, Amsterdam)

Group A
Ukraine vs Portugal (20:30, Groningen)
Netherlands vs Serbia (20:30, Amsterdam)

Saturday 29 January:

Group C
Slovakia vs Croatia (14:30, Groningen)
Russia vs Poland (14:30, Amsterdam)

Group D
Georgia vs Spain (17:30, Groningen)
Azerbaijan vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (17:30, Amsterdam)

Where to watch: TV/streams

QUARTER-FINALS

Monday 31 January:
QF1: Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A (KO tbc, Amsterdam)
QF2: Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B (KO tbc, Amsterdam)

Tuesday 1 February:
QF3: Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D (KO tbc, Amsterdam)
QF4: Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C (KO tbc, Amsterdam)

SEMI-FINALS

Friday 4 February:
SF1: Winner QF2 vs QF4 (KO tbc, Amsterdam)
SF2: Winner QF1 vs Winner QF3 (KO tbc: Amsterdam)

FINAL/THIRD-PLACE MATCH

Sunday 6 February:

Third-place match
Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 (14:30, Amsterdam)

Final
Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (17:30 Amsterdam)

Qualifying

The best of Futsal EURO 2018
The best of Futsal EURO 2018

A record 50 teams entered the competition with 49 competing to join the Netherlands, who have a bye to the finals.

Qualifying is in four stages:

Qualifying round
: The 33 teams not involved in the Futsal World Cup elite round competed in mini-tournaments. The nine group winners progressed direct to the qualifying group stage. The nine runners-up and the five third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section went to the qualifying round play-offs.

Qualifying round play-offs: The 14 teams competed in two-legged ties for the remaining seven qualifying group stage spots.

Qualifying group stage: The 16 teams who took part in the Futsal World Cup elite round joined the 16 that came through the qualifying round groups or play-offs. For the first time in Futsal EURO history, the eight groups of four teams competed home and away over a period of several months rather than in one-venue mini-tournaments. The eight group winners and six best runners-up qualify direct for the finals.

Play-off: The two runners-up who did not progress from the qualifying group stage (Serbia and Belarus) met home and away, with a draw having determined the order of ties. The winners, Serbia, join the other 15 contenders in the finals.

Futsal EURO 2022: The host cities
Futsal EURO 2022: The host cities

Venues

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam: Group stage, knockouts

The 10,500-seater arena opened in 2012 and as well as staging major indoor sports it is a leading concert venue.

MartiniPlaza, Groningen: Group stage

The 3,900-seater arena opened in 1989 and was expanded in 2000. It has staged major tennis and basketball events as well as concerts and exhibitions. It is the home of the Donar basketball team.

MartiniPlaza, Groningen
MartiniPlaza, GroningenUEFA

Road to the Netherlands: calendar

Qualifying round draw: 7 November 2019
Qualifying round: 29 January–1 February 2020
Qualifying round play-off draw: 13 February 2020, Nyon
 
Qualifying round play-offs: 2 November–9 December 2020
Qualifying group stage & play-off draw: 2 September 2020, Nyon 
Qualifying group stage: 6 December 2020–14 April 2021
Final tournament draw: 18 October 2021, Zeist
Play-offs: 14–17 November 2021
Final tournament: 19 January–6 February 2022, Netherlands

Past finals

2018: Portugal 3-2 Spain (aet): Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016: Spain 7-3 Russia: Belgrade, Serbia
2014: Italy 3-1 Russia; Antwerp, Belgium
2012: Spain 3-1 Russia (aet); Zagreb, Croatia
2010: Spain 4-2 Portugal; Debrecen, Hungary
2007: Spain 3-1 Italy; Porto, Portugal
2005: Spain 2-1 Russia; Ostrava, Czech Republic
2003: Italy 1-0 Ukraine; Caserta, Italy
2001: Spain 2-1 Ukraine (golden goal); Moscow, Russia
1999: Russia 3-3 Spain (aet, 4-3 pens); Granada, Spain
1996*: Spain 5-3 Russia; Córdoba, Spain
*UEFA European Futsal Tournament, championship status from 1999 onwards