UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO qualifying begins

Qualifying for the first UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO started on Tuesday with the preliminary round with the ten-team preliminary round running until Friday.

Last year UEFA announced the launch of its first women’s futsal competition for national teams, to be held every two years with initially a four-team knockout final tournament. That will be held in mid-February 2019, to be hosted by one of the four eventual qualifiers.

Qualifying begins on Tuesday with the preliminary round, where the ten lowest-ranked entrants compete for the three vacant places in September’s main round. Among the hopefuls, Northern Ireland are playing their first competitive futsal international for men or women, while the Netherlands, Belgium and Belarus have previously qualified for the men’s UEFA Futsal EURO.

Preliminary round: 21–26 August

Group A: Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Northern Ireland (hosts)

Group B: Slovakia, Finland, Lithuania (hosts)

Group C: Belarus, Moldova (hosts), Armenia

  • The three group winners progress to the main round to join the 13 teams given byes

Main round: 11–16 September

Group 1: Spain (hosts), Italy, Romania, Poland

Group 2: Russia, Slovenia, Croatia (hosts), Winner preliminary round Group A

Group 3: Kazakhstan, Ukraine (hosts), Hungary, Winner preliminary round Group C

Group 4: Portugal (hosts), Serbia, Czech Republic, Winner preliminary round Group B

  • The four group winners progress to February’s knockout finals, hosted by one of the qualifiers

THE CALENDAR

Qualifying draw: 5 July, Nyon
Preliminary round: 21–26 August
Main round: 11–16 September
Finals draw: tbc
Final tournament: 14 or 15 16 or 17 February

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