Futsal Euro-2026: the format and calendar of the tournament are determined

The 2026 European Futsal Championship will be the second draw after the expansion of the final stage from 12 to 16 teams and the decision to hold the tournament once every four years instead of two, reports the UEFA.

Futsal Euro-2026. Format

Qualification involves three stages: preliminary round (mini-tournaments), main round (groups with matches at home and away) and play-offs (home and away).

The hosts of the tournament, Latvia and Lithuania, receive tickets to Euro 2026 automatically. Some teams start in the preliminary round, others - immediately in the main round, depending on the number of participants.

Preliminary round (April 8-17, 2024)

Participants, depending on their number, will be divided into three, four or five groups of four teams and will play in the format of mini-tournaments. The group winners and, if necessary, the best runners-up will advance to the main round.

Main round (December 9, 2024 - April 16, 2025)

40 participants (including those who start immediately from the main round) will be divided into 10 groups of four teams. Each team will face the other in their group home and away. The 10 group winners will join Latvia and Lithuania in the final stage, while the top eight runners-up will play in the play-offs.

Playoffs (September 15-24, 2025)

Eight teams will be divided into four pairs. After home and away matches, the last four participants of the final stage will be determined.

Final Tournament (Between January 18 and February 8, 2026, exact dates to be announced later)

16 teams will be divided into four groups. The two best teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

Futsal Euro-2026. Calendar

Preliminary Round Draw: January 25, 2024

Previous round: April 8-17, 2024.

Main round draw: July 12, 2024

Main round: December 9-18, 2024, January 27-February 5, 2025, March 3-12, 2025, April 7-16, 2025.

Playoff draw: May 15, 2025

Playoffs: September 15-24, 2025.

Final stage: in the period from January 18 to February 8, 2026.

It will be recalled that the Ukrainian futsal team at Euro-2022 took fourth place in the Netherlands, and Portugal is the current champion.

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