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Women’s Futsal EURO preliminary round: Belgium, Netherlands, Slovakia through

The Netherlands followed Belgium and Slovakia in advancing to October's main round as the three preliminary round group winners.

The Netherlands went through in Moldova
The Netherlands went through in Moldova KNVB

The second edition of the UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO has begun with the Netherlands following Belgium and Slovakia in winning the three preliminary round groups.

They now progress to October's main round, joining the 13 highest-ranked entrants. Those mini-tournaments lead to the four-team knockout finals on 24 or 25 and 26 or 27 March 2022, hosted by one of the qualifiers.

  • Results
  • Final group standings
  • Through from preliminary round: Belgium, Netherlands, Slovakia
  • Debutants Gibraltar and Bosnia & Herzegovina were among 11 sides starting in the preliminary round.
  • The competition was postponed from its original dates between May 2020 and February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preliminary round groups

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

Group A (played in May 2021)
Group winners: Slovakia
Also in group: Serbia, Northern Ireland, Lithuania (hosts)

  • Slovakia won all three games to advance.
  • Northern Ireland's 1-0 win against Lithuania was their nation's first competitive futsal victory at any level.

Group B (played in August 2021)
Group winners: Netherlands
Also in group: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova (hosts)

  • Netherlands opened on Monday with a victory against debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina aided by an Esther van Toledo hat-trick and then beat eventual runners-up Armenia (qualifying with a game to spare) and Moldova.
  • Debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina won only their second-ever match in the competition, beating Moldova 3-0.
Belgium pipped Gibraltar on penalties
Belgium pipped Gibraltar on penaltiesGibraltar Football Association

Group C (played in May 2021)
Group winners: Belgium
Also in group: Gibraltar (hosts)

  • Belgium beat newcomers Gibraltar 5-4 in sudden death penalties as their game was tied 2-2 on 40 minutes and 3-3 after extra time with only two teams competing in the section.
  • The games involving the scheduled third team in the group, Kazakhstan, were cancelled.

Main round groups (19–24 October)

  • The four group winners will advance to the knockout finals in late March, with one of the nations appointed as hosts.

Group 1: Russia, Hungary, Belarus (hosts), Netherlands

Group 2: Portugal, Croatia (hosts), Poland, Slovenia

Group 3: Ukraine (hosts), Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium

Group 4: Spain (holders), Italy, Sweden (hosts), Slovakia

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