Welcome to UEFA Women's Futsal EURO 2023
Thursday, March 16, 2023
The third edition of the UEFA Women's Futsal EURO gets underway in Debrecen, Hungary on Friday, with four teams competing to lift the trophy. We hear from UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and Sándor Csányi, his counterpart at the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) with the action set to unfold.
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Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA president
These are exciting times for both futsal and women’s football, and the third edition of the UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO finals is certain to set new benchmarks for a sport that is flourishing as a popular attraction for fans across this continent.
Debrecen, Hungary’s second largest city, is an important cultural centre, and enjoys a rich and momentous history. Now, the city occupies the sporting spotlight for exciting tournament following the first editions in Portugal in 2019 and 2022.
The 6,738-capacity Főnix Arena in Debrecen, which opened in 2002, is no stranger to top European futsal action. was one of the venues for the men’s UEFA Futsal EURO 2010 and had the honour of staging the final.
Some of Europe’s finest female futsal players will grace this year’s event, which features four teams of the highest calibre. Spain, champions in the first two editions, are joined by Portugal – runners-up in 2019 and 2022 – last year’s bronze medallists Ukraine, and proud hosts Hungary, who finished in fourth place last time around.
The latest Women’s EURO final tournament promises entertainment and drama in abundance. My thanks to the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) for staging this event. Good luck to the four teams – and enjoy the action!
Sándor Csányi, MLSZ president
It gives me great pleasure that Hungary is hosting another important European final tournament, with Debrecen staging the third edition of the UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO.
Following on from the men’s European Futsal Championship in 2010, UEFA has again put
its trust in Hungary to organise an important futsal tournament. I am especially happy that, this time, it will be Europe’s best women’s teams competing for the trophy in our country.
Hungary has enjoyed tremendous success, breaking into the top four teams in Europe. Our players are the only ones still in the competition who compete for their national team as amateurs and therefore have to make sacrifices to represent Hungary on the futsal court.
However, they have proved that they can compete with the best; during the 2022 finals in Portugal, we were worthy opponents of the hosts, and only lost by a single goal in the subsequent bronze-medal match against Ukraine.
The odds may not be in our favour, but I secretly hope that with the help of the local
fans in Debrecen we will witness another great achievement and that our players will finish with medals around their necks. I hope the spectators in the Főnix Aréna have a great time and I wish the participating teams every success in games played in the right sporting spirit.