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Germany futsal debut as preliminary round starts

Published: Monday 23 January 2017, 9.30CET
The road to Slovenia kicks off with the start of the preliminary round, debutants Germany and Kosovo among 26 nations vying to join the 21 top-ranked contenders.
Germany futsal debut as preliminary round starts
Germany are set for their competitive futsal debut ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Monday 23 January 2017, 9.30CET

Germany futsal debut as preliminary round starts

The road to Slovenia kicks off with the start of the preliminary round, debutants Germany and Kosovo among 26 nations vying to join the 21 top-ranked contenders.

The road to UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 in Slovenia kicks off on Tuesday with the start of the preliminary round, debutants Germany and Kosovo among 26 nations vying to join the 21 top-ranked contenders in the main round of qualifying.

The preliminary round groups

Group A (24–27 January): Georgia (hosts), Switzerland, Israel, Scotland

Group B (26–29 January): Greece, Moldova, Wales (hosts), San Marino

Group C (26–29 January): Latvia (hosts), Armenia, Estonia, Germany

Group D (24–27 January): England, Bulgaria (hosts), Albania, Malta

Group E (30 January–2 February): Norway, Denmark, Cyprus (hosts), Kosovo

Group F (27–29 January): France, Andorra, Lithuania (hosts)

Group G (28–30 January): Sweden, Montenegro, Gibraltar (hosts)

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Germany beat England in their debut friendly in October

What you need to know

• The seven group winners proceed to the main round of qualifying in April, for which the draw has already been made.

• Germany are entering for the first time, having made their international bow in October with two home friendlies against England, winning 5-3 and drawing 3-3.

• Kosovo also make their debut entry. They played six friendlies last year, winning against Finland and beating Turkey twice.

• Georgia and Switzerland met in the 2016 preliminary round and both were to progress.

• Denmark, France, Latvia and Armenia were also among those who got through two years ago, while Montenegro, England, Greece, Sweden and Norway as well as Georgia did so in 2014.

2016 final: Spain v Russia

Main round draw: 3–12 April

Group 1: Italy, Netherlands, Belarus (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group A

Group 2: Azerbaijan (hosts), Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Winner preliminary round Group D

Group 3: Ukraine (hosts), Croatia, Belgium, Winner preliminary round Group G

Group 4: Portugal, Romania (hosts), Finland, Winner preliminary round Group C

Group 5: Spain (holders), Serbia, Poland (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group B

Group 6: Kazakhstan (hosts), Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Winner preliminary round Group E

Group 7: Russia, Slovakia, Turkey (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group F

• The seven main round group winners advance to join Slovenia in the final tournament. The seven runners-up plus the best third-placed side will enter the play-offs on 10–13 & 24–27 September 2017. The winners of the four two-legged ties will complete the 12-team line-up for the finals

•  Finals: 30 January–10 February 2018 at Arena Stožice, Ljubljana

Last updated: 23/01/17 14.06CET

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