With less than six months to go until the start of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021™, the tournament’s match schedule was unveiled on Friday. Kaunas has been confirmed as the host of the opening and final matches, with Vilnius and Klaipėda completing the list of host cities for the first-ever FIFA competition to be organised in Lithuania, FIFA said in its press release.
“The capital of Lithuania will welcome group-stage matches and two quarter-finals, while Klaipėda will close out the group-stage matches after six days of intense competition.
“In this ninth edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup™, 24 teams will compete across 52 matches in the hope of succeeding Argentina and being crowned futsal world champions, with the opening scheduled for Sunday, 12 September and the grand finale set to take place at Kaunas Arena on Sunday, 3 October.
“Apart from host Lithuania – who will be making their debut in the final stages of a FIFA competition – 17 teams have already booked their tickets for the event.
“Joining Lithuania in representing UEFA will be Kazakhstan, Portugal, Russia, Spain, the Czech Republic and Serbia.
“Defending champions Argentina and five-time champions Brazil have both secured their spots and will represent CONMEBOL together with Paraguay and Venezuela.
“The OFC will be represented by the Solomon Islands, while Angola, Egypt and Morocco will all fly the flag for CAF.
“The Venezuelan and Angolans have both made history for their countries by managing to qualify for a FIFA Futsal World Cup for the very first time.
“The AFC has assigned their first three spots to IR Iran, Japan and Uzbekistan, while Iraq, Lebanon, Thailand and Vietnam will compete in a play-off tournament to decide the remaining two Asian slots.
“The Concacaf Futsal Championship will determine the final four teams qualifying for the tournament.
“The key dates for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 include:
- Opening match – 12 September
- Round-of-16 matches – 22, 23 and 24 September
- Quarter-finals – 26 and 27 September
- Semi-finals – 29 and 30 September
- Third/fourth-place playoff and final – 3 October”