AFC Beach Soccer Championship

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The AFC Beach Soccer Championship is the main championship for beach soccer in Asia. The first championship was held in 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as all following tournaments have been. The two finalists and the winner of the third place play-off qualify for the following FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The most successful nation is the United Arab Emirates and Japan, who have won the tournament two of the five times. However Japan may be considered as the most successful team, they have qualified for the World Cup each year by finishing in other qualifying positions, whereas the United Arab Emirates have only qualified for the World Cup when they have won the championship.
Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so will the qualifiers, starting with the qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Tournaments[edit]

Year Location Final Third Place Play-off
Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2006
details
Dubai, UAE
Bahrain
5–3
Japan

Iran
6–4
China
2007
details
Dubai, UAE
United Arab Emirates
4–3
Japan

Iran
6–0
Bahrain
2008
details
Dubai, UAE
United Arab Emirates
4–3
Japan

Iran
4–1
China
2009
details
Dubai, UAE
Japan
4–2
Bahrain

Oman
1–1 aet
(2–1) pen

Iran
2011
details
Muscat, Oman
Japan
2–1
Oman

Iran
6–2
United Arab Emirates
2013
details
Doha, Qatar
Iran
6–6 aet
(5–4) pen

Japan

United Arab Emirates
3–2
Australia

Successful nations[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth Place Total
 Japan 2 (2009, 2011) 4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013) - - 6
 United Arab Emirates 2 (2007, 2008) - 1 (2013) 1 (2011) 4
 Bahrain 1 (2006) 1 (2009) - 1 (2007) 3
 Iran 1 (2013) - 4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) 1 (2009) 6
 Oman - 1 (2011) 1 (2009) - 2
 China - - - 2 (2006, 2008) 2
 Australia - - - 1 (2013) 1

After 2013 AFC Beach Soccer Championship (from 2006 to 2013)

General Statistics[edit]

Team Part Pld W W+ L GF GA Dif Pts
 Japan 6 26 18 1 7 129 75 +54 56
 Iran 6 27 16 2 9 136 79 +57 52
 United Arab Emirates 5 21 16 0 5 89 54 +35 48
 Bahrain 5 21 11 2 8 65 61 +4 37
 Oman 3 16 11 1 4 60 40 +20 35
 China 6 22 7 1 14 69 83 -14 23
 Australia 2 8 3 1 4 25 24 +1 11
 Iraq 2 8 3 0 5 26 40 -14 9
 Palestine 1 5 2 1 2 24 20 +4 8
 Thailand 1 5 2 0 3 15 16 -1 6
 Lebanon 1 5 2 0 3 21 24 -3 6
 Uzbekistan 4 13 2 0 11 46 58 -12 6
 Afghanistan 1 5 2 0 3 16 21 -5 6
 Qatar 1 5 1 0 4 17 21 -4 3
 Saudi Arabia 1 5 1 0 4 13 26 -13 3
 India 1 2 0 0 2 5 10 -5 0
 Kuwait 1 3 0 0 3 11 17 -6 0
 Indonesia 1 3 0 0 3 6 18 -12 0
 Syria 1 3 0 0 3 6 19 -13 0
 Philippines 3 9 0 0 9 13 90 -77 0

Nations who have qualified for the world cup[edit]

These are the nations who have been successful enough in the competition to qualify to appear in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, to represent Asia. The number in brackets shows how many times that country has qualified over the four years the tournament has been held.

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