Futsal Cup: Headlines

UEFA Futsal Champions League preliminary round report

Saturday 31 August 2019 22.10 CET

Csíkszereda, Georgians, Hovocubo, Leo, Luxol St Andrews, Omonia, Shkupi, Toulon and Weilimdorf went through.

UEFA Futsal Champions League main round groups set

Saturday 31 August 2019 22.07 CET

The main round groups have been finalised for 8 to 13 October after the end of the preliminary round.

Entries for 2019/20 UEFA Futsal Champions League

Monday 1 July 2019 12.49 CET

A total of 57 clubs will be in the preliminary and main round draws, streamed at 14:00CET on Thursday.

Futsal Champions League mini-tournament hosts

Tuesday 25 June 2019 12.30 CET

The hosts of the preliminary and main round mini-tournaments have been confirmed ahead of the 4 July draw.

2019/20 UEFA Futsal Champions League dates

Sunday 28 April 2019 20.01 CET

The first draw is at 14:00CET on Thursday 4 July with the finals in April 2020.

Sporting joy: 2018/19 finals at a glance

Sunday 28 April 2019 18.21 CET

Sporting CP took their first title as attendance records fell: see the top scorers and new landmarks from Almaty 2019.

Sporting pip Kairat for #UCLFutsal title

Sunday 28 April 2019 17.53 CET

Sporting CP beat hosts Kairat Almaty 2-1 to win the title, while Barça edged Inter FS for bronze.

UEFA futsal club records

Sunday 28 April 2019 15.46 CET

See all the records for the 17 seasons of the UEFA Futsal Cup and first as the UEFA Futsal Champions League.

Where to watch the UEFA Futsal Champions League finals

Thursday 25 April 2019 8.56 CET

You can watch the finals thanks to UEFA's broadcast partners and the live streaming of games.

UEFA Futsal Champions League finals tickets on sale

Thursday 14 March 2019 10.59 CET

Tickets for the UEFA Futsal Champions League finals at Almaty Arena on 26 and 28 April are now on sale.

Coaches on #UCLFutsal finals draw

Friday 1 February 2019 17.30 CET

UEFA.com hears from the four coaches after the semi-final draw was made for the matches on 26 April at Almaty Arena.

Almaty to stage UEFA Futsal Champions League finals

Monday 3 December 2018 13.30 CET

Almaty Arena will stage April's finals involving hosts Kairat, Barça, holders Inter FS and Sporting CP.

Inter, Barça, Kairat, Sporting into finals

Sunday 18 November 2018 21.48 CET

Inter FS, Barça, Sporting CP and Kairat have reached April's finals after topping their groups.

#UCLFutsal main round report

Sunday 7 October 2018 15.30 CET

The elite round line-up is complete with the likes of holders Inter FS, Barça, Benfica, Sporting, Ugra and Kairat making progress.

Berettyóújfalu replace Győr in Futsal Champions League

Friday 3 August 2018 12.15 CET

MVFC Berettyóújfalu will represent Hungary in the UEFA Futsal Champions League after ETO FC Győr withdrew.

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Navigating the potential pitfalls footballers face on and off the pitch can be a daunting prospect – especially without the correct guidance. With these factors in mind, UEFA has officially launched its UEFA For Players initiative with the help of a number of former top international players who know first-hand the potential problems footballers can face. The first major step of this programme is an app, which is available for all elite players in Europe."It would have been wonderful to have had the chance to have this kind of information when I was starting out my career," explained Eric Abidal. The former France international contributed to the My Image section on the app, which looks at how to manage a player's career in respect to relations with the media and how to use social media."The app covers a number of different topics, from how to manage your finances to how to deal with the media and your image as a footballer. This is invaluable information for any footballer regardless of the stage of his or her career."'A ground-breaking initiative'Previously there was no centralised initiative to give the same level of education to footballers around the continent and share best practices. The UEFA For Players initiative aims to fill this void and will be available to download for national associations and clubs and players unions throughout Europe.The app contains a wide range of educational modules on various topics, all based on immersive simulation videos and real-life case studies. It is highly interactive and gamified, delivering the latest information on football career management."This is a ground-breaking initiative from UEFA to introduce an app that can really help players to make key decisions at different stages of their careers," said Nuno Gomes. The former Portugal forward used his wealth of experience to help design the My Game module, which offers advice about football regulations and the laws of the game."The app gives the players career advice and guidance at the touch of a screen, while there are various simulations on eight different subjects – ranging from learning about the dangers of match-fixing and what to do if approached, to preparing for a life after football."'One day the money stops'At this year's UEFA Youth League finals in Nyon, UEFA held UEFA For Players Session for the four teams that qualified – Barcelona, Chelsea, Hoffenheim and Porto – where they were also given an introduction to the app.One of the key aspects concerned the importance of receiving proper advice on how to save the wealth that comes with a career in the professional game, with David James passing on his advice to the four teams.The former England goalkeeper cited the statistic that 40% of ex-footballers have no money within five years of leaving the sport. "You think you're going to play forever, but very few players actually decide when they will stop their career; most of the time it's not a choice," he added, arguing for the need for young players to start planning ahead early. "If you don't have the plan, then one day the money stops; the lifestyle you have changes, and if you have an expensive lifestyle it's difficult to continue."The app will also be made available to the 64 teams competing in this season's UEFA Youth League, which means around 2,500 players will have access to the learning initiative.The vast majority of players will not earn large sums of money from their footballing careers and young players are especially at risk from betting syndicates who can offer money in order to fix the outcome of a game.Viola Odebrecht helped to create the module to warn players of the pitfalls of match-fixing, with advice of what to do if approached to fix a match as well as the consequences a player can face if they are found guilty of involvement."The app helps players to differentiate and enlighten," said the three-time UEFA Women’s Champions League winner. "What is match-fixing, when does it start and how can you protect yourself? There are different forms and types of match-fixing that are not known in detail to everyone."I would give players the advice that match-fixing is not worth it. They ruin their lives, the lives of their family and the best game in the world. These consequences are not worth it."Planning for the futureSimon Rolfes, a former German international midfielder who is now the sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen, gave his input into the My Finances module. He understands that players have to face "many new things" at the start of their careers, from financial to media matters.When asked about what advice he would offer to players, he said: "Only do things that you fully understand. If you don't understand something, then it's not for you. This will help you to avoid a lot of problems."A footballer never knows when his or her career is going to finish, with injuries or a loss of form a constant worry, and this is why it is imperative to think about a life after football."It's really important to keep your eyes open in regards to what you can do after your sporting career – you never know what can happen in between," said Bianca Rech, who gave her thoughts on how to look ahead towards a second career after football."I was looking for advice about how I could manage my sporting career and also focus on something I would like to do afterwards. I also had skills in other areas and wanted to prove them."Following retirement in 2015, she had a clear plan of wanting to work in football administration, which took her to Köln and then UEFA. Rech, who is now the sporting director for women's football at Bayern München, believes the app will be a massive benefit for any footballer."It can help them to get the right idea about what they have to do next, in which direction they need to go and gives them good advice about the next steps in their personal process of development."The app will initially be accessible in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Spanish, while Greek, Polish and Turkish will be added during the course of this season.Interested national associations, clubs and players unions can contact UEFA at academy@uefa.ch to request access for their elite players.UEFA For Players is one of the many initiatives delivered by the UEFA Academy, UEFA's central hub dedicated to providing professional people working in football opportunities for development.The modules:My UEFA – Key messages about UEFA, its values, roles and mission
Anti-Doping – Information on anti-doping to raise awareness and protect players
UEFA Integrity – Key information and takeaway messages on integrity to better protect players
My Game – Key information about the Laws of the Game and the regulations of UEFA's main competitions
My Second Career – Information on preparing for life after football and education programmes that can help
My Image – Communication, media and social media training with the main dos and don'ts and takeaway messages.
My Finances – Information on the importance of players properly managing their finances and financial obligations
Social Fair Play – Information on diversity and inclusion and how to act as agents of change on and off the field