European qualifying for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup comprises two group stages and a play-off round.
The lower-ranked nations are drawn into four-team mini-tournaments played from 22 to 25 October 2015. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the countries and each team plays one another once with the group winners progressing alongside the best two runners-up.
The preliminary round qualifiers join the remaining entrants in seven groups of four nations held from 10 to 13 December 2015. The top two in each group go into the play-offs.
The group winners will be drawn against the runners-up to form seven two-legged ties played on 22 March and 8 to 12 April 2016. The aggregate victors qualify for the final tournament.
Twenty-four teams, including the seven European qualifiers, will compete in Colombia from 14 September to 2 October 2016.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
The FIFA Futsal World Cup final tournament has been expanded to 24 teams and will be played in Thailand from 1 to 18 November 2012, with seven European qualifiers.
European qualifying will be in three stages:
1. A 20-team preliminary round from 19 to 23 October 2011
2. The main round from 14 to 18 December
3. Seven two-legged play-offs on 25 to 28 March and 8 to 11 April 2012
Previous finals (hosts)
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)
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