The main round of the 32nd edition of Europe’s premier club futsal tournament – UEFA Futsal Cup – kicked-off on this Tuesday, October 10.
This week will be very busy for European futsal – in eight countries for six days, from October 10th to October 15th, 48 matches will be held with 32 teams from 28 countries. According to their results, 16 teams will continue to fight for the UEFA Cup in the elite round.
According to the new changes to the format of a competition accepted by UEFA, no teams received byes to the elite round, and all contenders excused the preliminary round will begin in the main round.
The main round, with an expanded field of 32 clubs, is splited into two separate paths. Path A consist of 16 teams including the holders Inter FS. In addition, the sides ranked 1st to 11th and 16th to 19th in the UEFA Futsal Cup club coefficient rankings (excluding the holders) will go into Path A. They are drawn into four groups of four, with the top three in each advancing to the elite round. Path B comprises the other 16 teams (ranked 12th to 15th and 20th downwards, including the preliminary round qualifiers). These will be drawn into four groups of four with the group winners will go to the elite round.
Main round groups
Group 1 (11–14 October): Kairat Almaty (KAZ), FC Dynamo (RUS), Pescara (ITA), Stalitsa Minsk (BLR, hosts)
Group 2 (11–14 October): Inter FS (ESP, holders), Dina Moskva (RUS), Braga/AUUM (POR), Brezje Maribor (SVN, hosts)
Group 3 (11–14 October): Sporting CP (POR), Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB, hosts), Nikars Riga (LVA), MFC Kherson (UKR)
Group 4 (11–14 October): Barcelona (ESP), EP Chrudim (CZE), Győr (HUN), Luparense (ITA, hosts)
Group 5 (12–15 October): Nacional Zagreb (CRO, hosts), Garges Djibson (FRA), Leo Futsal Club (ARM), FC Liburn (KOS)
Group 6 (10–13 October): Slovan Bratislava (SVK, hosts), Georgians Tblisi (GEO), Rekord Bielsko-Biała (POL), ‘t Knooppunt (NED)
Group 7 (11–14 October): Halle-Gooik (BEL), Sievi FS (FIN, hosts), SSV Jahn 1889 Regensburg (GER), Futsal Minerva (SUI)
Group 8 (11–14 October): Araz Naxçivan (AZE), FC Deva (ROU, hosts), Luxol St Andrews (MLT), Mostar SG (BIH)
On Tuesday, October 10, the first matches in the main round of UEFA Futsal Cup took place in Bratislava, where the teams of group 6 are participating. There are approximately 4 equal in strength and class clubs, and only one of them will go into the elite round, as this group belongs to the so-called “Path B”.
Here is a look at Tuesday’s results:
“Georgians” (Georgia) – “’t Knooppunt” (Norway) – 2: 1 (points – 1: 0)
Goals: Nikvashvili (15), Kakabadze (22) – Attaibi (23)