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Futsal World Cup elite round play-off ties: Netherlands vs Finland, Poland vs Croatia

Netherlands face Finland and Poland play Croatia in April to decide the last European qualifiers.

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Netherlands face Finland and Poland play Croatia after FIFA Futsal World Cup elite round play-off draw set the two-legged ties, played between 12 and 17 April, that will decide the last European qualifiers for the finals from 14 September to 6 October in Uzbekistan.

Elite round play-off ties

Netherlands vs Finland
Poland vs Croatia

Europe has seven berths in the finals, and five have already been filled by the five elite round group stage winners: France, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Spain and Ukraine.

Two places will be decided by the play-offs, which involve the four best runners-up from the elite round.

Play-off ties were determined by means of an open draw from one single pot. The draw consistde of drawing the two ties, one after the other. The team drawn first in each tie plays the first leg at home.

Tie-by-tie

Netherlands vs Finland

  • Netherlands have won all four of their competitive meetings with Finland, most recently in EURO 2012 qualifying.

Netherlands

Main round: Group 11 runners-up (W2-1h vs Kosovo, L2-4a vs Ukraine, D3-3a vs Kosovo, D1-1h vs Ukraine)
Main round play-offs: W11-3agg vs Moldova (W5-2h, W6-1a)
Elite round: Group A runners-up (L0-2h vs Kazakhstan, L1-6a vs Azerbaijan, W5-0a forfeit vs Romania, W5-0h forfeit vs Romania, L0-2a vs Kazakhstan, W3-0h vs Azerbaijan)

Previous World Cups: 1989 (runners-up), 1992 (second group stage), 1996 (second group stage), 2000 (second group stage)
EURO 2022: Group stage (hosts)
EURO best: Fourth place (1999)

Finland

Main round: Group 8 runners-up (L1-2h vs Romania, W6-0h vs Denmark, D0-0a vs Romania, W4-1h vs Denmark)
Elite round: Group E runners-up (L1-5h vs Portugal, W5-0a forfeit vs Armenia, W5-0a forfeit vs Georgia, W5-0h forfeit vs Georgia, L0-5a vs Portugal, W5-0h forfeit h vs Armenia)

Previous World Cups: Never qualified
EURO 2022: Quarter-finals
EURO best: Quarter-finals (2022)

Poland vs Croatia

  • Croatia beat Poland 3-1 in the EURO 2022 group stage in Amsterdam to remain unbeaten in four competitive meetings (three wins and a 7-7 draw in EURO 1999 qualifying).

Poland

Main round: Group 6 winners (W3-0h vs Greece, L3-4a vs Azerbaijan, W4-1a vs Greece, W7-2h vs Azerbaijan)
Elite round: Group B runners-up (L1-2h vs Serbia, W3-2a vs Ukraine, W7-2h vs Belgium, W3-1a vs Belgium, W4-2a vs Serbia, L3-5h vs Ukraine)

Previous World Cups: 1992 (second group stage)
EURO 2022: Group stage
EURO best: Group stage (2001, 2018, 2022)

Croatia

Main round: Group 7 winners (W5-1h vs Hungary, W7-0a vs Israel, W6-1h vs Israel, D1-1a vs Hungary)
Elite round: Group C runners-up (W5-1a vs Germany, W4-0h vs Slovakia, L2-5a vs France, L1-2h vs France, W4-0h vs Germany, W4-2a vs Slovakia)

Previous World Cups: 2000 (second group stage)
EURO 2022: Group stage
EURO best: Fourth place (2012)

Through to finals

Hosts (1): Uzbekistan
AFC (4): 4 teams TBC by 28 April
CAF (3): 3 teams TBC by 17 April
CONCACAF (4): 4 teams TBC by 20 April
CONMEBOL (4): Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela
OFC (1): New Zealand
UEFA (7): France, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, 2 more teams TBC by 17 April