The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.
Depending on the number of entrants, the lower-ranked nations are drawn into three or four-team mini-tournaments played at the start of the season. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the clubs and each team plays each other once with the group winners progressing.
The preliminary round winners join all but the four highest-ranked entrants excused the previous stage. They are drawn into six groups of four, staged as one-venue mini-tournaments, with the top two teams going through.
The 12 teams progressing from the main round join the four top seeds and are drawn into four groups of four teams. The winners of the one-venue mini-tournaments in late autumn progress to the finals.
The four-team finals are held over a weekend in late April and hosted by one of the qualifiers. The tournament is played as a knockout with the semi-finals followed two days later by the final and third-place play-off. If the third-place match is level after 40 minutes it goes straight to penalties, in the other games ten minutes of extra time will be played.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the
official competition regulations.
• Around 45km from Madrid, the Palacio Multiusos de Guadalajara was completed in July 2010.
• It is the home of Spanish top-flight handball team AD Ciudad de Guadalajara and was a venue for the 2013 IFH Men's World Handball Championship.
• As well as handball and futsal, the arena is also designed for basketball and volleyball.
• There was a warm-up for the 2016 UEFA Futsal Cup finals when, one month beforehand, the Palacio hosted the eight-team Spanish Cup final tournament.
• Inter have staged two previous UEFA Futsal Cup finals, each the first leg of what was a two-legged final. In 2004 they beat Benfica 4-1 at Torrejon's Pabellón Parque Corredor before a 4-3 loss in Lisbon; then in 2006, in the last final before the current four-team showpiece was introduced, Inter overcame FC Dynamo 6-3 at their now regular home, the Pabellón Caja Madrid in Alcala de Henares, before a 4-3 defeat in Moscow.
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