Elite Victors and Play-Off Battles Await: Unravelling the 2024 Futsal World Cup European Journey

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From Debut Triumphs to Heartbreaks: Unpacking the Drama of the Futsal Elite Round


In the latest developments of the Futsal World Cup elite round, France, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Spain, and Ukraine have emerged victorious in their respective qualifying groups, securing their spots in the upcoming finals. This achievement marks a significant step forward for these teams on the road to the 2024 World Cup in Uzbekistan.

  • Advancing to the ultimate tournament as group victors are France, Kazakhstan, Portugal (current titleholders), Spain, and Ukraine.
  • Securing berths in the elite round play-offs as the four most successful group runners-up are Croatia, Finland, the Netherlands, and Poland.


The elite round groups witnessed intense competition, with France securing their first-ever World Cup appearance after a commanding 7-1 victory over Slovakia in Group C, followed by a decisive 3-1 win against Germany to cap off their successful campaign. Croatia also earned a spot in the playoffs with wins over Germany and Slovakia.

(Main picture: Ukraine National Futsal team – source: Kris Fernandes – Futsal Canada)

Kazakhstan demonstrated their abilities in Group A, sealing their place in the finals with a 2-0 triumph against the Netherlands and a repeat performance in Romania. Meanwhile, Portugal, the reigning champions, showcased their title defense capabilities by defeating Finland 5-0 in Group E.

Spain continued their impressive record of qualifying for all ten editions of the World Cup, dominating Czechia 7-1 in Group D. Italy’s 4-2 loss in Slovenia proved costly, as Spain’s subsequent 4-0 victory at home left Italy second on goal difference, denying them a spot in the play-offs.

In a crucial encounter, Ukraine secured the last automatic qualification place by defeating Poland 5-3, ensuring their presence in the finals. Poland, however, will have to settle for the play-offs.

The European play-offs will feature Croatia, Finland, the Netherlands, and Poland, who will battle it out in two-legged ties from April 8 to 17 to determine the last two qualifiers for the World Cup. A draw scheduled for January 25 will decide the matchups.

Looking ahead, the finals, set to take place from September 14 to October 6, 2024, promise to be a spectacle with a mix of seasoned contenders and emerging teams.

Powerhouse teams like Portugal, reigning champions of the 2021 World Cup, Spain, triumphant in 2000 and 2004, and Kazakhstan, who secured a commendable fourth place in 2021, bring a storied legacy of success to the competition. Ukraine, making a comeback after their last appearance in 2016, adds another layer of experience to the mix.

In contrast, the tournament will witness the debut of nations like France, marking their inaugural appearance, with the potential inclusion of other newcomers such as Finland, yet to partake in the competition. On the flip side, Croatia faces a notable absence from the World Cup since Guatemala in 2000, while Poland seeks to break their hiatus dating back to 1992 in Hong Kong. The diverse mix of seasoned contenders and emerging teams promises an intriguing narrative from the European nations in the 2024 Futsal World Cup.

The preliminary round saw Armenia and Germany in action, setting the stage for the ensuing drama. With the blend of experienced and emerging teams, the 2024 Futsal World Cup is shaping up to be a thrilling tournament, showcasing the diverse talent of nations in the world of futsal.

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