Europe’s 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup main round draw

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The draw set 12 groups of three teams to be played by 8 March 2023.

 

The 36 teams were drawn into 12 groups of three teams, played home and away, and 12 group winners and four best runners-up progress directly to the elite round. The remaining eight runners-up enter main round play-offs. Portugal will hope to defend their title in the 2024 finals, but Brazil (5 times winners), Spain (2 time winners) and Argentina ( 1 time) will be eager to get their trophy back. However, before the final tournament we have main round fixtures first from the 12th September to the 8th March, and here are the groups:

  • Group 1: Spain, Moldova, Cyprus
  • Group 2: Georgia, Belgium, Austria
  • Group 3: Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia
  • Group 4: Portugal (holders), Belarus, Lithuania
  • Group 5: Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Montenegro
  • Group 6: Azerbaijan, Poland, Greece
  • Group 7: Croatia, Hungary, Israel
  • Group 8: Finland, Romania, Denmark
  • Group 9: Serbia, France, Norway
  • Group 10: Italy, North Macedonia, Sweden
  • Group 11: Ukraine, Netherlands, Kosovo
  • Group 12: Slovakia, Latvia, Germany

 

This is only the beginning of the journey, as there are still several steps pending to be one of the seven European teams qualified for the World Cup. The five group winners will advance to the Futsal World Cup. The four best runners-up enter the elite round play-offs. If a European association is selected to host the finals, only the two best runners-up will enter the elite round play-offs.

Among them will not be Russia, which has not been included in the draw. It has not been the only political issue, since UEFA has decided that these pairs of teams cannot be included in the same group: Armenia and Azerbaijan, Belarus and Ukraine, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia.

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