Futsal-2021. The world schedule. Don’t miss it!

The past year of 2020 was supposed to give us a lot of futsal events from all over the world, but because of the coronavirus pandemic many of them were postponed to 2021 or cancelled at all. The Baltic Futsal Marketing company has collected all current dates of the main starts in the coming year in one article for your convenience. Now it won’t be impossible to miss something!

Forums with the national teams’ participation:

2021 FIFA World Cup

Let’s start with the most important competition in the futsal world.  The World Cup was supposed to be held in Lithuania last year, but it was postponed to September, 2021. The new official dates are from September, 12 to October, 3. 

Africa, South America, Oceania and Europe have already completed the qualifying tournaments, having determined all the representatives at the Mundial, but the participants from Asia and CONCACAF zone (Central and North America) are still unknown.  The tournaments which determine the final list of the World Cup participants will be discussed below. 

AFC Asian Futsal Cup

This particular tournament should define the five strongest Asian teams, which will take part in the World Futsal Cup. At the time of this writing the official dates for the Asian Cup are from March, 23 to April 3, 2021. However, according to some still unconfirmed records, the competition will be postponed again, and now the start date is called May.  Besides, the Asian Football Confederation is considering the option of complete cancellation of the qualifying tournament.  In this case, the five national teams which have to travel to Lithuania will be determined directly by the confederation. 

The CONCACAF Futsal Championship

As with the Asian Cup, the CONCACAF Futsal Championship was to determine the four national teams which would represent North and Central America at the World Cup. The qualifying tournament was supposed to take place last May, but was postponed. New dates for the competition or the rules governing the teams’ entry from the CONCACAF zone to the main international tournament of this year haven’t been yet officially announced.

2022 UEFA Futsal Euro Qualifiers

Euro-2022 in Futsal will be held in the Netherlands from January, 19 to February 6, 2022.  The qualifying tournament of the European championship has already started, in last December some national teams began their way to the Euro. Qualifying round matches are scheduled for the following dates: from January, 27 to February, 3; from March 2 to March 10 and from April, 6 to April 14, 2021. The last admission to the Euro will get the teams that were able to successfully overcome the play-offs in the home and away match format; these meetings are scheduled for November 14 and 17, 2021.

2022 UEFA Women’s Futsal Euro

This tournament was supposed to take place next month – in February, 2021, but was postponed as well as many other competitions. The new dates for the tournament are from March 24 to March 27, 2022, the four best women’s national teams of the Old World will participate in it. The preliminary qualifying round is scheduled from May 4 to May 9, 2021, the main qualifying round – from October 19 to October 24, 2021.

2021 UEFA Under-19 Futsal Euro

The tournament is to be held in Lithuania from November 1 to November 7, 2021, and  so far this is  the only official information about it. Seven other national teams should join to the host team of the tournament, and they were to be determined by the end of this year’s March. However, the Junior Euro qualifying tournament has been postponed, and the new dates have not yet been officially announced. 

Major international tournaments for clubs:

UEFA Champions League

We are looking forward to resuming the most prestigious club futsal tournament in Europe on January 15 and 16 –these are the dates when the matches of  the 1/16 finals will take place.  Recall that from the Baltic clubs only Lithuanian “Vytis” managed to overcome the preliminary round.  Matches of the  1/8 finals are scheduled for  the dates from February 16 to  February 21,2021, and the draw of this stage will take place on January 21. The decisive matches of the Champions League will be held  in April and  May this year, but the exact dates have not yet been announced.

Copa Libertadores

Last year’s Copa Libertadores  draw  in futsal was cancelled and postponed to 2021.  The men’s tournament should take place from 1 to 8 May, 2021 in Uruguay, the women’s tournament – from  5 to 12 September, 2021 in Bolivia. 

AFC Futsal Club Championship

The annual Asian club championship in futsal should take place in the United Arabian Emirates after a one year break – the 2020 tournament  was cancelled. However, so far the Asian football Confederation is not 100% sure  that this year’s competition will still be held. The official dates have not yet been revised; the championship has to be held  from 14 to 25 July, 2021.

Baltic Futsal League

The second season of the most ambitious futsal project among the Baltic states and  Northern Europe countries was supposed to start in the fall of last year, but for obvious reason its start was postponed to the spring 2021. It’s expected that the tournament will start not later than  April  and eight teams from five countries will take part in it: “Vytis” and “Gargzdzu Pramogos” from Lithuania, “Petrov” and “Rezekne” from Latvia, “Kosmos” and Narva United” from Estonia, “Stolitsa” from Belarus and “Sokol” from Ukraine.