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.
Colombia staged the eighth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 10 September to 1 October 2016, won for the first time by Argentina.
As for the 2012 finals, the first with 24 teams, seven European sides qualified, including debutants Azerbaijan. Spain lost the 2012 final to Brazil and Italy beat Colombia for third place.
How the groups finished
Group A: Portugal 7pts, Colombia (hosts) 5, Uzbekistan 3, Panama 1
Group B: Russia 9, Thailand 6, Egypt* 3, Cuba 0
Group C: Italy 9, Paraguay 6, Vietnam* 3, Guatemala 0
Group D: Brazil (holders), 9, Ukraine 6, Australia 3, Mozambique 0
Group E: Argentina 7, Kazakhstan 6, Costa Rica* 4, Solomon Islands 0
Group F: Spain 9, Azerbaijan 4, Iran* 4, Morocco 0
Round of 16:
Russia 7-0 Vietnam, Medellin
Colombia 0-0 (2-3pens) Paraguay, Cali
Brazil 4-4 (2-3pens) Iran, Bucaramanga
Spain 5-2 Kazakhstan, Medellin
Portugal 4-0 Costa Rica, Cali
Argentina 1-0 (aet) Ukraine, Bucaramanga
Thailand 8-13 (aet) Azerbaijan, Medellin
Italy 3-4 (aet) v Egypt, Cali
Paraguay 3-4 (aet) Iran, Bucaramanga
Russia 6-2 Spain, Cali
Argentina 5-0 Egypt, Medellin
Portugal 3-2 Azerbaijan, Cali
Iran 3-4 Russia, Medellin
Argentina 5-2 Portugal, Cali
Iran 2-2 (4-3pens) Portugal, Cali
Russia 4-5 Argentina, Cali
2016: Argentina 5-4 Russia (Colombia)
2012: Brazil 3-2 aet Spain (Thailand)
2008: Brazil 2-2, 4-3 pens Spain (Brazil)
2004: Spain 2-1 Italy (Chinese Taipei)
2000: Spain 4-3 Brazil (Guatemala)
1996: Brazil 6-4 Spain (Spain)
1992: Brazil 4-1 United States (Hong Kong)
1989: Brazil 2-1 Netherlands (Netherlands)
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