The road to the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia starts on Thursday when the six preliminary round groups begin.
Denmark, Gibraltar, Sweden and Wales are making their competition debuts and are among 23 teams involved in the mini-tournaments, which run until Sunday. The six group winners join the 22 highest-ranked nations in December's main round; among the groups produced, the Netherlands will host Spain, who have reached the last five finals and were winners in 2000 and 2004.
Preliminary round groups (games Thursday, Friday & Sunday unless stated)
Group A: Georgia, Moldova (hosts), Andorra, Gibraltar
Group B: Greece, Montenegro, Sweden (hosts), San Marino
Group C: France, Lithuania (hosts), Albania, Malta
Group D: Latvia, Armenia, Cyprus (hosts), Estonia
Group E: Israel (hosts), England, Denmark, Wales
Group F (games Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Finland (hosts), Bulgaria, Switzerland
• Group winners progress to the main round.
Main round draw (10-13 December)
Group 1: Ukraine*, Hungary* (hosts), Belgium, winner preliminary Group E
Group 2: Croatia* (hosts), Azerbaijan*, Belarus, winner preliminary Group B
Group 3: Russia*, Serbia*, Turkey (hosts), winner preliminary Group F
Group 4: Spain*, Netherlands (hosts), Bosnia and Herzegovina, winner preliminary Group D
Group 5: Czech Republic* (hosts), Slovenia*, Kazakhstan*, winner preliminary Group C
Group 6: Portugal* (hosts), Romania, Poland, Norway
Group 7: Italy* (hosts), Slovakia, FYR Macedonia, winners preliminary Group A
*Competing at UEFA Futsal EURO 2016 in February
• Top two in each group progress to the play-offs. In the play-offs each group winner will meet a runner-up with the two-legged ties deciding Europe's seven qualifiers for Colombia.
*Hosts: preliminary round Group A, B and F hosts tbc
Road to Colombia
22, 23, & 25 October 2015: Preliminary round
10, 11 & 13 December 2015: Main round
(2-13 February 2016: UEFA Futsal EURO 2016, Belgrade)
12 February 2016: Play-off draw, Belgrade
22 March & 12 April 2016: Play-offs
tbc: Final tournament draw, Colombia
14 September–2 October 2016: Final tournament, Colombia
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