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Futsal EURO qualifying group stage latest

Finland and Slovakia qualified on Tuesday with the last group games to come on Wednesday.

Finland have qualified for their first futsal finals
Finland have qualified for their first futsal finals Juha Tamminen/FA of Finland

For the first time, UEFA Futsal EURO qualifying includes a group stage with the eight four-team sections played home and away until Wednesday, having begun in December.

The eight group winners and the six best runners-up join hosts the Netherlands in the finals from 19 January to 6 February 2022, with the remaining two runners-up playing off for the other berth from 14–17 November 2021.

  • Group standings
  • Qualified so far: Azerbaijan*, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Croatia*, Finland**, Georgia**, Italy*, Kazakhstan*, Netherlands (hosts), Portugal (holders)*, Russia*, Slovakia**, Slovenia**, Spain* (*group winners, **confirmed among best runners-up)
  • Confirmed in second place, could still be in play-offs: Belarus, Ukraine
  • Can still finish second: Serbia/Romania, Czech Republic/Poland

Qualifying groups: results and fixtures

Futsal EURO 2018 final highlights
Futsal EURO 2018 final highlights

Group 1: Croatia (qualified), Ukraine, Denmark, Albania

  • Croatia qualified as group winners.
  • Ukraine sealed second place with their victories against Denmark.
Croatia finished on maximum points
Croatia finished on maximum pointsGetty Images

Results
11 April: Croatia 7-0 Denmark
8 April: Ukraine 8-2 Denmark
7 April: Denmark 2-6 Ukraine (played in Zaporizhia), Albania 0-3 Croatia
7 March: Ukraine 2-7 Croatia
4 March: Denmark 2-3 Albania (played in Tirana)
3 March: Croatia 3-2 Ukraine, Albania 1-3 Denmark
31 January: Albania 3-10 Ukraine
30 January: Denmark 1-4 Croatia
27 January: Croatia 4-1 Albania

Match cancelled
11 April: Ukraine vs Albania

Group 2: Russia (qualified), Georgia (qualified), France, Armenia

Russia beat Armenia on Friday to secure first place
Russia beat Armenia on Friday to secure first placeRFS
  • Russia qualified as group winners.
  • Georgia have qualified as one of the six best runners-up.

Results
12 April: Russia 3-0 Georgia
9 April: Armenia 2-5 Russia, Georgia 3-2 France
10 March: Armenia 2-3 Georgia
9 March: Russia 5-1 France
5 March: France 2-3 Russia, Georgia 5-0 Armenia
3 February: Armenia 4-4 France
2 February: Georgia 0-4 Russia
29 January: Russia 6-0 Armenia
8 December: France 4-4 Georgia

Fixtures
14 April: France vs Armenia

Group 3: Azerbaijan (qualified), Slovakia (qualified), Moldova, Greece

  • Azerbaijan's win in Moldova booked a top-two finish and qualification; their draw in Slovakia confirmed them in first place.
  • Slovakia qualified as one of the best runners-up after their own win in Moldova.
Azerbaijan's last-minute equaliser in Slovakia clinched Group 3 first place
Azerbaijan's last-minute equaliser in Slovakia clinched Group 3 first placeSFZ

Results
13 April: Moldova 0-4 Slovakia
9 April: Greece 3-3 Moldova
8 April: Slovakia 1-1 Azerbaijan
9 March: Moldova 3-5 Azerbaijan
7 March: Greece 0-5 Slovakia
4 March: Azerbaijan 5-1 Moldova, Slovakia 6-0 Greece
2 February: Greece 0-3 Azerbaijan, Slovakia 4-4 Moldova
29 January: Azerbaijan 4-1 Slovakia
28 January: Moldova 3-1 Greece

Fixtures
14 April: Azerbaijan vs Greece

Group 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina (qualified), Serbia, Romania, North Macedonia

North Macedonia celebrate after their draw in Serbia
North Macedonia celebrate after their draw in SerbiaGetty Images
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina have qualified for their first major futsal tournament after beating Romania to confirm themselves as group winners.
  • Serbia need a point on Wednesday to confirm second place; if they lose Romania can overtake them and earn a play-off by beating North Macedonia.

Results
9 April: Serbia 4-4 Romania
8 April: North Macedonia 2-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 March: Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Romania
9 March: North Macedonia 1-6 Serbia
5 March: Serbia 1-1 North Macedonia
4 March: Romania 2-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina
3 February: Serbia 2-4 Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia 2-2 Romania
28 January: Romania 2-2 Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 North Macedonia

Fixtures
14 April: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Serbia, Romania vs North Macedonia

Kazakhstan won all six of their games
Kazakhstan won all six of their gamesKFF

Group 5: Kazakhstan (qualified), Belarus, Hungary, Israel

  • Kazakhstan qualified as group winners.
  • Belarus beat Hungary to pip them to second place but must wait to see if they will qualify automatically or go into the play-off.

Results
13 April: Belarus 5-2 Hungary
11 April: Kazakhstan 4-0 Israel
9 April: Israel 1-4 Kazakhstan (played in Nur-Sultan)
6 April: Hungary 1-6 Kazakhstan, Belarus 14-0 Israel
10 March: Israel 1-4 Hungary
8 March: Belarus 1-6 Kazakhstan
3 March: Hungary 3-7 Israel
2 March: Kazakhstan 5-2 Belarus
3 February: Hungary 2-1 Belarus
9 December: Kazakhstan 5-0 Hungary
8 December: Israel 0-3 Belarus

Group 6: Spain (qualified), Slovenia (qualified), Latvia, Switzerland

Spain secured maximum points
Spain secured maximum pointsRFEF
  • Spain qualified as group winners.
  • Slovenia qualified as one of the best runners-up with victory against Latvia.

Results
12 April: Slovenia 5-3 Latvia, Spain 14-0 Switzerland
10 April: Switzerland 0-8 Spain (played in Madrid)
8 April: Latvia 4-1 Switzerland
9 March: Latvia 1-12 Spain, Switzerland 1-11 Slovenia
6 March: Slovenia 1-2 Spain
5 March: Switzerland 2-4 Latvia
2 February: Spain 3-1 Slovenia
29 January: Latvia 0-1 Slovenia
8 December: Spain 7-0 Latvia, Slovenia 12-1 Switzerland

Group 7: Italy (qualified), Finland (qualified), Belgium, Montenegro

  • Italy qualified as group winners.
  • Finland's win against Belgium took them into their debut futsal finals as one of the best runners-up.
  • Belgium became the first team ever to beat Italy in a Futsal EURO qualifier (the Azzurri had won 34 and drawn the other of their previous 35).
Italy topped Group 7
Italy topped Group 7Getty Images

Results
13 April: Finland 3-2 Belgium, Italy 2-0 Montenegro
9 April: Montenegro 1-2 Finland
8 April: Belgium 5-4 Italy
9 March: Italy 4-1 Belgium
8 March: Finland 6-1 Montenegro
5 March: Finland 2-4 Italy
4 March: Montenegro 4-3 Belgium
2 February: Italy 7-4 Finland, Belgium 6-2 Montenegro
28 January: Montenegro 0-3 Italy, Belgium 3-3 Finland

Poland and the Czech Republic meet in a Wednesday decider
Poland and the Czech Republic meet in a Wednesday deciderFAČR

Group 8: Portugal (holders, qualified), Czech Republic, Poland, Norway

  • Portugal qualified as group winners with victory against Norway.
  • Either the Czech Republic or Poland would seal qualification as a best runner-up with victory when they meet again. Poland also finish second if they draw 0-0, 1-1 or 2-2; the Czechs with any other draw.

Results
12 April: Norway 1-7 Portugal (played in Mafra)
9 April: Czech Republic 3-3 Poland
9 March: Czech Republic 1-5 Portugal (played in Łódź)
8 March: Poland 4-1 Norway
6 March: Portugal 3-3 Czech Republic (played in Łódź)
5 March: Norway 0-3 Poland (played in Łódź)
3 February: Poland 0-3 Portugal
1 February: Norway 0-5 Czech Republic*
29 January: Portugal 2-2 Poland, Czech Republic 5-0 Norway*

*Matches cancelled

Fixtures
14 April: Poland vs Czech Republic, Portugal vs Norway

  • The finals have now expanded to 16 teams and are played every four years rather than every two
  • Portugal aim to defend the title they won for the first time in Slovenia in 2018
  • Spain have won seven titles (including the initial 1996 tournament before Futsal EURO gained championship status in 1999)
  • Two-time champions Italy and 1999 winners Russia, along with Spain, have played in every final tournament
  • Never previously qualified: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Russia, Serbia and Spain along with hosts Lithuania will compete at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup from 12 September to 3 October.

Fixture dates

8–9 December 2020
27 January–3 February 2021
2–10 March 2021
6–14 April 2021

Play-off

Eighth-ranked runner-up vs Seventh-ranked runner-up

  • Two-legged tie from 14–17 November 2021.

Contenders

  • The teams who competed in the FIFA Futsal World Cup elite round: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal (holders), Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine
  • The nine qualifying round group winners: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland
  • The seven qualifying round play-off winners: Armenia, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Switzerland