Futsal World Cup main round play-off draw made
Friday, 10 March 2023
Belgium play Hungary, Netherlands meet Moldova, Sweden face Germany and Czechia take on Lithuania over two legs in April for elite round spots.
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The FIFA Futsal World Cup main round play-off draw has set four ties played between 12 and 19 April to decide the remaining elite round places.
Main round play-off ties
Belgium vs Hungary
Netherlands vs Moldova
Sweden vs Germany
Czechia vs Lithuania
While the 12 main round group winners and four best runners-up progressed directly to the elite round, the remaining runners-up are entering these two-legged play-offs. The eight teams were drawn into four ties from one pot with no seeding.
- Germany, Lithuania, Moldova and Sweden began in the preliminary round, with the other four teams entering directly into the main round.
- Belgium (1989, 1992, 1996), Czechia (2004, 2008, 2012, 2021), Hungary (1989), Lithuania (2021 hosts) and Netherlands (1989 hosts and runners-up, 1992, 1996, 2000) have previously competed at the World Cup finals.
- Germany, Moldova and Sweden have never previously reached the final tournament of a World Cup or EURO.
- Hungary and Belgium drew 2-2 in the second group stage of the 1989 World Cup. Belgium went through to the semi-finals, but since then Hungary have beaten them in qualifying for Futsal EURO 2012 and 2016.
Road to the finals
Elite round draw: 5 July 2023
Elite round: Home and away groups to be completed by 20 December 2023
Elite round play-off draw: 25 January 2024, Nyon
Elite round play-offs: 8–17 April 2024
Already through to elite round
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal (holders), Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine