El Salvador national beach soccer team
|Nickname(s)||La Selecta, La Playera, Los Pescadores, Los Guerreros, Los Cangrejitos|
|Association||Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Rudis González|
|Asst coach||Ramón Arturo Muñoz|
|Best result||Fourth place, 2011|
|CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship|
|Appearances||4 (First in 2007)|
|Best result||Champions, 2009|
The El Salvador national beach soccer team represents El Salvador in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the FESFUT, the governing body for football in El Salvador. Compared to their national association football team counterparts, they are considerable force in the sport both continently and internationally.
The team's first attempt at qualification for the Beach Soccer World Cup, came in 2007, when they joined Mexico, Costa Rica and the US in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Unfortunately, the team failed to win a game and ultimately finished last.
In April 2008, the team again participated in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, with the hope of reaching their first World Cup. On this occasion, the team played above expectations[who?], and although they lost their opening game 4–2 to CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico, they went on to defeat raining CONCACAF and CONMEBOL Beach soccer champions the USA (5–6), and Costa Rica (3–4) to finish second in the group; this allowed them to qualify for, along with Mexico, the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup which was held in France. Adding to the group's achievements, two of its players also picked up individual awards, with Luis Rodas being named Goalkeeper of the tournament, and José Ruiz winning the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals (six in total).
In June 2009, the team again took part of the CONCACAF Championship, this time in the 2009 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Due to having a successful tournament the previous year, they were ranked as tournament favourites alongside Mexico. The team reached the final, again knocking out traditional CONCACAF USA in the semi-final round. They faced Costa Rica in the final who had defeated reigning champions Mexico in the other semi-final match. El Salvador, contesting their second final in as many years defeated Costa Rica 6–3. This saw them crowned CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champions for the first time and they also qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Additional to this, the team again received individual awards as young up-and-coming player José Portillo was named Goalkeeper of the tournament, and José Ruiz again won the Golden Boot with eight goals from four matches.
Correct as of September 2013.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Coach: Rudis González
- Assistant Manager: Ramón Arturo Muñoz
- Physical Coordinator: Elmer Edgardo Guidos
- Medical Trainer: Francisco Amaya Cruz
- Physiotherapist: Silvia Jeannette Cruz
- Goalkeeper Trainer: Raúl Antonio García
- Utilizer: Alex Geovanny Galdámez
Beach Soccer World Cup record
|Brazil 2005||Did not qualify|
|France 2008||Group stage||0||3||0||0||3||6||18||−12|
|United Arab Emirates 2009||Group stage||0||3||0||0||3||11||21||−10|
|Italy 2011||Fourth place||9||6||2||1||3||19||29||−10|
- 2007 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Final Standings Accessed 20 April 2008.
- Golden Boot & Goalkeeper Awards Announced Accessed 20 April 2008.