Futsal in Germany
The German futsal league system is divided into divisions, with the highest division being the Futsal-Regionalliga. In each division, a team plays all other teams twice, once at home and once away. The winners of each Futsal-Regionalliga and the runners-up have the chance to compete in the DFB Futsal Cup, which is an annual tournament of 10 teams to determine the German futsal champion and the country's participant in the UEFA Futsal Cup.
Current hierarchical divisional breakdowns
As of 9 September 2017
- Regionalliga: 4 divisions e.g. Futsal-Regionalliga Süd
- Oberliga: 12 divisions e.g. Futsal-Bayernliga
German teams in international futsal competitions
Futsal development in Germany is governed and supported by the German Football Association and it is going forward in record time, with some saying that Germany is a sleeping giant in that sport. The first German side to qualify for the UEFA Futsal Cup was UFC Muenster in the 2006-07 season, but they were eliminated in the Preliminary Round with two draws and one loss. Muenster also were the first German side to win a game in that competition with a 3-1 victory over Estonian champions Betoon Tallinn in the 2008-09 season. Four-time German futsal champions Hamburg Panthers were the first German team to reach the Main Round in the 2013-14 season, where they lost all three group games, and the first side to advance to the Elite Round in the 2016-17 season to become one of the 16 best teams in Europe. TV Wackersdorf were the first German team to participate in the Mitropa Futsal Cup in the 2016-17 season, and finished in fourth place with one draw and two losses. In the course of time, Germany has climbed to 29th position in the UEFA coefficient rankings with now 2,084 points.
Germany national futsal team
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The German national futsal team represents the whole country. The German football association decided the foundation of a national team on 4 December 2015 within the context of a so-called Futsal Masterplan in order to participate in the qualification for the UEFA Futsal Euro 2018. Germany played their first international match at Hamburg's 2,092-capacity Inselpark on 30 October 2016 in a friendly against England, which ended in a 5-3 victory. Germany then played the qualification for the UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 but were eliminated in the Preliminary Round, finishing in third place in their qualifying group C with four points, above Estonia and behind group winners Latvia and Armenia.
- DFB Futsal Cup
- UEFA Futsal Cup
- Mitropa Futsal Cup
- UEFA Futsal Championship
- FIFA Futsal World Cup
- Futsal Confederations Cup
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