Malta Futsal drawn with Georgia, Armenia and Moldova

Thursday, July 7, 2011, 18:05

The Malta National Futsal team before a friendly against Algeria last year

The Malta Futsal National team has been drawn with hosts Georgia, in the Preliminary Round of the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in which 20 teams from Europe were in the pot. Other teams in the Malta group are Armenia and Moldova.

Commenting on the draw, Malta coach Vic Hermans said that this is a tough group with all the three countries coming from the same region. ‘But whichever teams we meet in this preliminary stage it will always be difficult. However, we will prepare the team to the best of our ability,’ Hermans said.

The lowest-ranked contenders will take part in these preliminary round mini-tournaments from 19 to 23 October this year, with teams moving through to join the higher seeds in themain round. Seven groups of four teams each will take part in another round from 14 to 18 December, with the top two in each pool progressing to the play-off draw scheduled for early next year, when UEFA Futsal EURO 2012 is staged in Croatia.

Europe will have seven places at the expanded 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

24 teams rather than 20 which took part in the previous finals will contend the 7th Finals in Thailand from 2 to 18 November 2012.

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