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2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup: Lithuania

Lithuania will stage the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 12 September to 4 October 2020 and will be joined by six other European teams among the 24 contenders.
2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup: Lithuania
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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

2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup: Lithuania

Lithuania will stage the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 12 September to 4 October 2020 and will be joined by six other European teams among the 24 contenders.

Lithuania will stage the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 12 September to 4 October 2020. The hosts will be among 24 finalists, including six other European qualifiers.

European qualifying: how it works

  • 48 teams have entered to compete for six places alongside Lithuania in the finals.
  • The 32 lowest-ranked teams begin in the preliminary round, from which 16 teams will go through.
  • Those 16 sides join the 16 highest-ranked nations in the main round, from which 16 teams will go through.
  • Those 16 countries will compete in the elite round. The four group winners will qualify for the finals and the four runners-up will go into the play-offs.
  • In the play-offs, the four sides will be drawn into two ties, played on a home and away basis, to decide Europe's last two qualifiers.

Road to Lithuania: European qualifying calendar

Preliminary & main round draws: Nyon, 12 December 2018
Preliminary round: 29 January–3 February 2019
Main round: 22–27 October 2019
Elite round draw: 7 November 2019
Elite round: 28 January–2 February 2020
Play-off draw: tbc, Nyon
Play-offs: 9 & 12 April 2020
Finals draw: tbc, Lithuania
Finals: 12 September–4 October 2020, Lithuania

Qualifying allocation

AFC 5
CAF 3
CONCACAF 4
CONMEBOL 4
OFC 1
UEFA 7 (hosts Lithuania and 6 qualifiers)

World Cup roll of honour

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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