The draw streamed live at 14:00 CET on Friday splits 16 teams into four groups.
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The UEFA Futsal Champions League elite round draw, streamed at 14:00 CET on Friday, splits the 16 contenders from the main round into four groups.
How the draw works
- Teams are split into three seeding tiers: Main round Path A winners (position 1, 4 teams, Pot 4), Main round Path A runners-up (position 2, 4 teams, Pot 3) and Main round path A third place and path B group winners (positions 3 and 4, 8 teams, Pot 2).
- No main round group winners can face the runners-up in their group.
- There is no country protection.
- Based on a decision by the Executive Committee, Ukrainian and Russian clubs cannot be drawn in the same group.
- Seven potential mini-tournament hosts are placed in Pot 1, while maintaining their seeding. The first four drawn will host the respective groups. The remaining three clubs will then be drawn and assigned to available positioins in groups.
- The teams in Pot 2 are drawn next, filling the remaining position 4 spots before filling position 3
- Pots 3 (position 2) and 4 (position 1) are then drawn, filling the remaining available slots in the groups.
Pot 1 (potential hosts)
Sporting CP (POR, holders) – seeding position 1 (main round Group 1)
Benfica (POR) – seeding position 1 (main round Group 2)
KPRF (RUS) – seeding position 1 (main round Group 4)
Tyumen (RUS) – seeding position 2 (main round Group 3)
Murcia FS (ESP) – seeding position 2 (main round Group 4)
Kairat Almaty (KAZ) – seeding position 4
Stalitsa Minsk (BLR) – seeding position 4
Pot 2 (Path A group third place and Path B group winners: Positions 4 and 3)
Mostar SG (BIH)
Sparta Praha (CZE)
Novo Vrijeme (CRO)
Pot 3 (Path A group runners-up: Position 2)
Dobovec (SVN) – main round Group 1
Kherson (UKR) – main round Group 2
Pot 4 (Path A group winners: Position 1)
Barça (ESP) – main round Group 3
- Holders Sporting are joined by former winners Kairat, Barça and Benfica, plus 2008 runners-up Murcia
- Sporting won the 2019 final against hosts Kairat, who defeated eventual bronze medallists Barça in the semis
- Kairat have now been ever-present in all 14 seasons since the elite round was introduced; they have got through a record eight times
- Currently in their debut season: Ayat, KPRF, Pesaro, Sparta Praha, Tyumen
- Pesaro are the eighth different Italian club to play in the elite round, one more than Russia (for whom KPRF and Tyumen are the sixth and seventh)
- Mostar are the first Bosnian team to reach the elite round since Tango Sarajevo in 2013/14
Road to the finals
- Matches will be played 19 to 24 November
- The four group winners will progress to the knockout finals, at a venue to be confirmed, scheduled for 23 or 24 and 25 or 26 April