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International Competitions - May 26, 2024 21:00Draw throws up engrossing groupsFIFA.com reportCourtesy: FIFA.com

The six groups for Uzbekistan 2024 were set at the official draw in Samarkand’s resplendent Registan Square

26 May 2024

Group A: Uzbekistan, Netherlands, Paraguay, Costa Rica
Group B: Brazil, Cuba, Croatia, Thailand
Group C: Argentina, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Angola
Group D: Spain, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Libya
Group E: Portugal, Panama, Tajikistan, Morocco
Group F: IR Iran, Venezuela, Guatemala, France

Hosts Uzbekistan, Netherlands, Paraguay and Costa Rica will compete in one of the widest-open groups in FIFA Futsal World Cup™ history, while three reigning continental champions – Portugal, Panama and Morocco – will join Tajikistan in the first round.

Title contenders Spain and Kazakhstan will collide in Group D. They have first-timers New Zealand and Libya for company. Record five-time champions Brazil went into a pool with Cuba, Croatia and fast-emerging Thailand. Afghanistan, who will appear in a FIFA competition for the first time since 1948, will face 2016 champions Argentina, Ukraine and Angola.

Samarkand’s resplendent Registan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the ancient Silk Road, provided one of the most spectacular settings ever for the draw of a FIFA tournament. It was conducted by FIFA Director of Tournaments Jaime Yarza, with Uzbek football legend Server Djeparov, former Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha and Kike, who inspired Spain to back-to-back FIFA Futsal World Cup crowns, providing assistance.

Brazil and Spain conquered the first seven editions of the FIFA Futsal World Cup between them, five and two times apiece. Thereafter, Argentina and Portugal have etched their names on the trophy. Several emerging powers are threatening to do the same at this year’s finals, which begin on 14 September.

Afghanistan, France, New Zealand and Tajikistan will be making their tournament debuts, while Croatia and the Netherlands return for the first time in almost a quarter-century.

FIFA Futsal Men's World Ranking
1st – Brazil
2nd – Portugal
3rd – Spain
4th – IR Iran
5th – Argentina
6th – Morocco
8th – Kazakhstan
9th – Thailand
10th – France
11th – Uzbekistan
12th – Ukraine
13th – Paraguay
16th – Croatia
19th – New Zealand
21st – Venezuela
30th – Afghanistan
31st – Costa Rica
34th – Tajikistan
36th – Netherlands
40th – Guatemala
44th – Panama
47th – Angola
50th – Libya
78th – Cuba

FIFA Futsal World Cup Draw (Photo courtesy: FIFA.com)




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