European qualifying for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup is in four stages: preliminary round, main round, elite round and play-offs.
Preliminary round: 29 January–3 February 2019
The 16 top-ranked sides are excused the preliminary round, but the other 32 compete in eight groups of four teams. The top two from each progress.
Main round: 22–27 October 2019
The eight group winners and eight runners-up from the preliminary round join the 16 top-ranked teams in the rankings in eight groups of four. The two top from each progress.
Elite round: 28 January–2 February 2020
The 16 teams are split into four groups of four. The four group winners will qualify for the finals and the four runners-up will go into the play-offs.
Play-offs: 9 & 12 April 2020
The four sides will be drawn into two ties, played on a home and away basis, to decide Europe's last two qualifiers.
Finals: 12 September–4 October 2020
Twenty-four teams, including hosts Lithunia and the other six European qualifiers, compete in six groups of four. The two two from each, plus the four best third-placed teams, progress to the knockout phase.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Europe has been allocated seven berths in the expanded 24-team finals in Thailand from 2 to 18 November 2012.
Qualifying will be in three stages:
1. A 20-team preliminary round from 19 to 23 October 2011 (drawn on 7 July)
2. The main round from 14 to 18 December 2011 (drawn on 7 July)
3. Seven two-legged play-offs on 25 to 28 March and 8 to 11 April (drawn in February 2012).
The 20 lowest-ranked entrants compete in the preliminary round, consisting of five four-team groups from which the winners and best runners-up progress. They join the remaining sides in the main round, consisting of seven four-team mini-tournaments. The top two in each progress to the two-legged play-offs, which will decide Europe's qualifiers.
Full details are contained in the Regulations of the European qualifying competition.
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