Lithuania will stage the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 12 September to 4 October 2020 and will be joined by six other European teams among the 24 contenders.
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Lithuania will stage the ninth FIFA Futsal World Cup from 12 September to 4 October 2020. The hosts will be among 24 finalists, including six other European qualifiers.
European qualifying: how it works
- 48 teams entered to compete for six places alongside Lithuania in the finals.
- The 32 lowest-ranked teams began in the preliminary round, from which 16 teams will go through.
- Those 16 sides join the 16 highest-ranked nations in the main round, from which 16 teams will go through.
- Those 16 countries will compete in the elite round. The four group winners will qualify for the finals and the four runners-up will go into the play-offs.
- In the play-offs, the four sides will be drawn into two ties, played on a home and away basis, to decide Europe's last two qualifiers.
Road to Lithuania: European qualifying calendar
Preliminary & main round draws: Nyon, 12 December 2018
Preliminary round: 29 January–3 February 2019
Main round: 22–27 October 2019
Elite round draw: 7 November 2019
Elite round: 28 January–2 February 2020
Play-off draw: tbc, Nyon
Play-offs: 9 & 12 April 2020
Finals draw: tbc, Lithuania
Finals: 12 September–4 October 2020, Lithuania
UEFA 7 (hosts Lithuania and 6 qualifiers)
World Cup roll of honour
2016: Argentina 5-4 Russia (Colombia)
2012: Brazil 3-2 aet Spain (Thailand)
2008: Brazil 2-2, 4-3 pens Spain (Brazil)
2004: Spain 2-1 Italy (Chinese Taipei)
2000: Spain 4-3 Brazil (Guatemala)
1996: Brazil 6-4 Spain (Spain)
1992: Brazil 4-1 United States (Hong Kong)
1989: Brazil 2-1 Netherlands (Netherlands)