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UEFA Futsal EURO Slovenia 2018

Arena Stožice in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana will stage UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 from 30 January to 10 February.
UEFA Futsal EURO Slovenia 2018
Arena Stožice ©Aleš Hostnik

Road to the final

UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 comprises of a preliminary round, main round, play-off round and 12-team final tournament played in Slovenia.

Preliminary round
Five groups of four teams each and two of three are played as one-venue mini-tournaments from 23 January to 1 February 2017  The seven group winners progress to the main round.

Main round
The seven progressing sides join the 21 highest-ranked qualifying contenders in seven groups of four teams played as one-venue mini-tournaments between 3 and 12 April 2017. The seven group winners progress to the final tournament, where they join hosts Slovenia, while the seven runners-up and best third-placed team enter the play-offs.

The eight teams are drawn into four pairs to play two-legged ties in September 2017. The four winners complete the final tournament lineup.

Final tournament
The final tournament between 30 January and 10 February 2018 will begin with the 12 contenders draw into four groups of three teams. The top two from each group will progress to the quarter-finals, from where the tournament is a knockout competition.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.

UEFA Futsal EURO Slovenia 2018

Arena Stožice in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana will stage UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 from 30 January to 10 February.

Arena Stožice in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana will stage UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 from 30 January to 10 February.

Qualified: Slovenia (hosts), Italy, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Portugal, Spain (holders), Kazakhstan, Russia

• The seven main round group winners have joined the hosts in filling eight of the 12 available places in the finals.

Play-offs: Georgia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, France

• The seven runners-up plus the best third-placed side (Poland) enter the play-offs on 10–13 and 24–27 September 2017. The winners of these four two-legged ties, drawn on 6 July, will complete the 12-team line-up for the finals.

The hosts
The arena, opened in 2010, has a 12,500 capacity and is home to basketball team KK Olimpija as well as holding the international matches of volleyball side ACH Volley and handball outfit RK Krim. It was the venue for the EuroBasket 2013 finals.

The decision to award the finals was made at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on 26 January 2015 as the bid from the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) was selected ahead of others from FYR Macedonia and Romania. This will be the first futsal final tournament organised by Slovenia, although the country hosted the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Slovenia thus follows in the footsteps of previous Futsal EURO hosts Serbia (2016), Belgium (2014), Croatia (2012), Hungary (2010), Portugal (2007), Czech Republic (2005), Italy (2003), Russia (2001) and Spain (the first UEFA European Futsal Championship of 1999 and also the 1996 UEFA European tournament).

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The competition
Twelve teams will compete in the finals, with Slovenia and 11 qualifiers split into four groups of three, with the top two from each emerging into the knockout phase.

Road to Ljubljana
Preliminary & main round draws: 21 October 2016, Nyon
Preliminary round: 23 January–1 February 2017
Main round: 3–12 April 2017
Play-off draw: 6 July 2017, Nyon
Play-offs: 10–13 & 24–27 September 2017
Finals draw: 29 September, Ljubljana Castle
Finals: 30 January–10 February 2018, Arena Stožice, Ljubljana

Draw procedure
• The teams are seeded as follows: hosts Slovenia (who will be in position one of Group A), and, in Pot 1, holders Spain and the two next teams with the best coefficients in the UEFA European Futsal Championship rankings, who will be drawn into position 1 in the other three groups.
• Each of the four associations with the next best coefficients are placed in Pot 2 and drawn into a group in position 2, with the remaining teams in Pot 3.

Placed in position 1 of Group A: Slovenia (hosts)
Pot 1: Spain (holders), Russia, Portugal
Pot 2: Italy, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazazhstan
Pot 3: Play-off winners x 4 (Romania/Georgia, Hungary/Poland, Czech Republic/Serbia, France/Croatia)

• Based on decisions taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn into the same group or play on the same matchday; thus if Russia is drawn in Group B, Ukraine (if they have been drawn in Group A or B) will be placed in Group C; if Russia is drawn in Group C or D, Ukraine (if they have been drawn in Group C or D) will be placed in Group A or B. Any other restrictions will be announced ahead of the draw.
• The sides are drawn into four groups of three teams, with the top two in each section progressing to the quarter-finals.

Finals schedule (kick-off times tbc)
Group stage
Tuesday 30 January
Group A: Slovenia v A3
Group B:  B1 v B3
Wednesday 31 January

Group C: C1 v C3
Group D: D1 v D3
Thursday 1 February
Group A: A3 v A2
Group B: B3 v B2
Friday 2 February
Group C: C3 v C2
Group D: D3 v D2
Saturday 3 February
Group A: A2 v Slovenia
Group B: B2 v B1
Sunday 4 February
Group C: C2 v C1
Group D: D2 v D1

Monday 5 February
QF1: Winner A v Runner-up B
QF2: Runner-up A v Winner B
Tuesday 6 February
QF3: Winner C v Runner-up D
QF4: Runner-up C v Winner D

Thursday 8 February
SF1: QF1 v QF3
SF2: QF2 v QF4

Finals day
Saturday 10 February
Third-place play-off