Hosts Lithuania to play Venezuela in FIFA Futsal World Cup™ opener
Holders Argentina debut against USA, while hosts Lithuania face Venezuela
Kaunas Arena to host the opening match and the final
First FIFA tournament to be held in Lithuania kicks off on 12 September
The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ draw, held today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, revealed the fate of the 24 participating national teams. Hosts Lithuania were drawn into Group A and will play the opening match of the tournament at Kaunas Arena against fellow debutants Venezuela on 12 September.
Defending champions Argentina were drawn into Group F and will begin their campaign against USA in Vilnius, while record five-time champions Brazil kick off their bid to win a first crown since 2012 against Vietnam in Klaipėda in Group D.
From the other European teams, two-time champions Spain will attempt to bring back the title to Europe for the first time since 2004. They were drawn in Group E and will play their first match in Klaipėda against Paraguay. Portugal will make their debut against Thailand and the Football Union of Russia will play Egypt in their first match.
The draw was conducted by Jaime Yarza, FIFA Director of Tournaments, assisted by two FIFA Legends: Kike, two-time Futsal World Cup™ champion with Spain in 2000 and 2004, and Edgaras Jankauskas, the first Lithuanian footballer to win the UEFA Champions League with Porto in 2004.
The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ will kick off in Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipėda on 12 September with the final set to be played at Kaunas Arena on 3 October 2021.
Comprehensive post-draw coverage is available on FIFA.com and on FIFA's digital platforms.