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Competition format

Europe has been allocated seven berths in the 24-team finals in Colombia from 10 September to 1 October 2016
Competition format
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Road to the final

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.

Key information

Competition format

Europe has been allocated seven berths in the 24-team finals in Colombia from 10 September to 1 October 2016

Europe has been allocated seven berths in the 24-team finals in Colombia from 10 September to 1 October 2016

Qualifying will be in three stages:
1. A preliminary round from 22 to 25 October 2015 (drawn on 2 July)
2. The main round from 10 to 13 December 2015 (drawn on 2 July)
3. Seven two-legged play-offs on 22 March and 12 April 2016 (drawn on 12 February).

The lowest-ranked entrants compete in the preliminary round. The six group wuinners then progress to join the remaining 22 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 seven qualifiers.

Full details are contained in the Regulations of the European qualifying competition.

http://www.uefa.com/futsalworldcup/season=2016/competitionformat/index.html#competition+format