Sporting CP and Araz Naxçıvan are among the teams in action when the UEFA Futsal Cup main round is played between Tuesday and Saturday.
While holders Ugra Yugorsk and fellow top seeds Kairat Almaty, Inter FS and FC Dynamo have byes to the elite round, the other contenders will find out their first opponents in the opening draw. That will include the first ever entrants from San Marino and Kosovo, who are among the 32 clubs kicking off in next month's preliminary round.
Pot 8 – seeding position 3Pinerola Bratislava (SVK)*Nacional Zagreb (CRO)
Group 6 (Tuesday to Friday): EP Chrudim (CZE)*, City'US Târgu Mureş (ROU), Pinerola Bratislava (SVK), APOEL Nicosia (CYP)
Araz finished third in 2010 and 2014 and are back in this competition after a one-season gap. Zelezarec made the elite round last term at the seventh time of asking while first Kosovan entrants Feniks and fellow newcomers Tbilisi came through the preliminary round.
Pot 7 – seeding position 4Preliminary round winners Groups A to H
Group 5 (Wednesday to Saturday): Sporting CP (POR), Halle-Gooik (BEL), Real Rieti (ITA)*, Centar Sarajevo (BIH)
Group 1 (Wednesday to Saturday): ETO Győr (HUN), Kremlin Bicêtre United (FRA), Energy Lviv (UKR)*, Brezje Maribor (SVN)
The top two in each group join the four teams given byes to the elite round
The last two of the eight to be drawn will be placed in seeding position 3 of first available groups
Elite round played: 22–27 NovemberFour-team knockout finals: late Apri
Main roundPot 6 – hostsEkonomac Kragujevac (SRB, 1)EP Chrudim (CZE, 1)Zelezarec Skopje (MKD, 2)Grand Pro Varna (BUL, 2)Energy Lviv (UKR, 3)Real Rieti (ITA, 3)*
Ekonomac and Nacional are both more than familiar with the elite round and Lida also got there last season. Athina have only managed to make it through from this stage once, despite this being their joint-record 14th entry in the UEFA Futsal Cup.
Energy, Győr and Kremlin Bicêtre all have elite round experience while Brezje won all three of their preliminary round games on debut.
Pot 3 – seeding position 3Lynx FC (GIB)KF Tirana (ALB)Valletta FC (MLT)*ASA Tel-Aviv (ISR)*
The UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary and main round draws will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 14CEST on Thursday, with 48 clubs involved in the ceremony in Nyon.
Group 3 (Wednesday to Saturday): Nikars Riga (LVA), Grand Pro Varna (BUL)*, Hamburg Panthers (GER), IFK Göteberg (SWE)
Pot 5 – seeding position 1APOEL Nicosia (CYP)Athina '90 (GRE)Centar Sarajevo (BIH)Oxford City Lions (ENG)*Hamburg Panthers (GER)Amsterdam SV (NED)*
Pot 2 – seeding position 4AFM Futsal Maniacs (SUI)*FC Cosmos (EST)*Cardiff University Futsal Club (WAL)Wattcell Futsal Club (SCO)*Munsbach (LUX)*FC Feniks (KOS)*Tre Fiori (SMR)*
Sporting were runners-up in 2011 and have been among the last four on three other occasions. Halle-Gooik advanced to the elite round on debut last term while this is a European bow for Rieti, whose compatriots Montesilvano beat Sporting in the 2011 final in Almaty.
Pot 10 – seeding position 1Sporting CP (POR)Araz Naxçıvan (AZE)ETO Győr (HUN)Nikars Riga (LVA)
Elite round & Final tournament• The top two in each of the six groups will join the four top seeds (holders Ugra Yugorsk and former winners Kairat Almaty, Inter FS and FC Dynamo) in the elite round draw on 21 October.• The four elite round group winners, to be decided between 22 and 27 November, will compete in the final tournament in late April, with the hosts picked from among them.
Chrudim have safely navigated this round every season since 2007/08 and Târgu Mureş also possess a fine pedigree in this competition. By contrast, these are Pinerola's first European fixtures.
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Bye to elite round (draw 21 October)Ugra Yugorsk (RUS, holders)Kairat Almaty (KAZ)Inter FS (ESP)FC Dynamo (RUS)
Group 2 (Tuesday to Friday): Araz Naxçıvan (AZE), Zelezarec Skopje (MKD)*, FC Feniks (KOS), Tbilisi State University (GEO)
Pot 9 – seeding position 2LSM Lida (BLR)Halle-Gooik (BEL)Kremlin-Bicêtre United (FRA)City'US Târgu Mureş (ROU)
Pot 4 – seeding position 2Tbilisi State University (GEO)*IFK Göteberg (SWE)JB Futsal Gentofte (FIN)Zduńska Wola (POL)*Blue Magic FC Dublin (IRL)Sandefjord (NOR)*Istanbul Üniversitesi SK (TUR)
2016/17 entrants*DebutantsPreliminary roundPot 1 – hostsSievi Futsal (FIN, seeding position 1) Brezje Maribor (SVN, 1)*FC Encamp (AND, 2)Classic Chisinau (MDA, 3)*Military Futsal Team (MNE, 3)*SC Kaiserebersdorf (AUT, 3)*ASUE Yerevan (ARM, 3)FC Baltija (LTU, 4)*
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Group 4 (Wednesday to Saturday): Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB)*, LSN Lida (BLR), Nacional Zagreb (CRO), Athina '90 (GRE)
Nikars and Varna boast elite round experience while IFK are another debutant side to have won three preliminary matches.