FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Founded 1995
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 16 (finals)
70 (qualifiers for 2013)
Current champions  Russia (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  Brazil (4 titles) (13 titles overall)
Website World Cup

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is a bi-annual international beach soccer competition contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA, the sport's global governing body. The tournament has taken place every year since its establishment in 1995, when it was originally supervised by Beach Soccer World Wide (BSWW) and was called the Beach Soccer World Championship. Due to the sport's rapid growth, FIFA took over the organization of the competition in 2005 and rebranded it as an official FIFA tournament. As of 2009, the tournament takes place every two years to allow continental tournaments to flourish without the burden of the World Cup qualifiers crowding the schedule. The growing global popularity of beach soccer resulted in FIFA's decision to move the stage of the World Cup from Brazil, its native home, to other parts of the globe. The first edition held outside Brazil was in 2008 in Marseille, France.

The current format of the tournament lasts over a week and involves 16 teams competing initially in four groups of four teams. The group winners and runners-up advance to a series of knockout stages until the final. The losing semifinalist teams play each other in a 3rd place play-off match to determine the third-placed team. The most recent edition, the 2013 World Cup, was held in Papeete, French Polynesia, and crowned Russia as champions for the second consecutive time, after defeating Spain 5–1.

From the 17 tournaments held so far, only four nations have taken the title. Brazil is the leading and dominant national team, having won 13 titles. The other three champions are Portugal, in 2001, France, in 2005 and Russia, in 2011 and 2013.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The first Beach Soccer World Cup was held in Brazil, in 1995, organised by the founders of the standardised rules, Beach Soccer Worldwide, held under the title Beach Soccer World Championship. Eight teams were selected to take part, without going through a qualification process. However Brazil, the hosts, dominated and easily won the cup without losing a game. The tournament was successful and BSWW announced that the competition would take place every year.

Growth worldwide[edit]

By 1997, more teams had already stated their interest in participating and therefore BSWW extended their selection to 10 teams for 1998. Brazil continued to dominate, despite this change. Immediately, BSWW extended to 12 teams for 1999, spreading their selection across five continents, introducing more new teams to the tournament. However with all these changes it still took until the 2001 World Cup for Brazil to lose the title after winning the competition six years on the run since the establishment. It was Portugal who won the tournament, with Brazil finishing in a disappointing fourth place.

Brazil national beach soccer team: 13 times winners

With this change of champions, more countries thought there was a chance for themselves to win the tournament and this sparked more interest worldwide. Not surprisingly, Brazil reclaimed their title in 2002, when BSWW reduced the number of contestants back to eight. The last Beach Soccer World Championship to be organised purely by BSWW was in 2004 when twelve teams played, seven from Europe.

FIFA Era[edit]

In 2005, FIFA paired up with BSWW to co-organise the World Cup, although FIFA seem to have the most control. They kept the tradition of holding the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and continued to allow 12 teams to participate, following on from the 2004 competition. It was Eric Cantona's France that won the competition, after beating Portugal on penalties in the final. The tournament was deemed a major success and therefore FIFA took advantage. For the 2006 competition and beyond, FIFA decided to standardise the participants to 16 countries. It was then that the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifiers were also established, that would take place throughout the year. Again this decision was a successful one and more countries became interested in a now standard FIFA competition.

A scene from the 2007 event in Brazil

Extending the World Cup[edit]

By the end of the 2007 World Cup, the tournament had become very popular throughout the world, with the FIFA board taking over the competition, driving more countries to recognize beach soccer as a major sport. Since the World Cup had become a success worldwide, FIFA decided to have a change of venue. It was voted, to extend the sport's popularity, the 2008 World Cup would take place in Marseille, France, and the 2009 World Cup would take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. These tournaments would be the first to take place outside Brazil. The 2008 competition was once again a major success, despite being held in a different country. This was the first time that Brazil would have to qualify for the tournament, since they weren't the hosts. However Brazil won the qualifiers and the World Cup in July. The 2009 World Cup in Dubai was an even bigger success, as the second competition outside Brazil and the Beach Soccer World Cup's 15th birthday, Brazil continued their dominance.[citation needed]

Two year basis[edit]

Just before the final of the 2009 World Cup, FIFA announced that a new format would see the World Cup now take place every two years, starting from the 2011 World Cup. FIFA justified the decision by stating that they wanted Confederations to have more time to develop the sport, therefore allowing a year in between World Cups for Confederations to organise their own local tournaments. This was a mutual decision between Confederations and FIFA.[1] In March 2010 FIFA confirmed that the 2011 World Cup would take place in Italy and the 2013 World Cup would take place in Tahiti.[2]

Qualification[edit]

From 1995 to 2005 (inclusive), teams were selected for the World Cup; they did not have to qualify. However with the interest from so many countries, FIFA decided to standardise the format for the World Cup in 2006 for future World Cups. FIFA agreed that countries from each confederation will play in FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifiers, with 16 teams eventually qualifying for the finals. The number of countries qualifying from each confederation would always be the same as the table shows below:

Confederation Continent Amount of countries qualifying
UEFA Europe 5 teams
CONMEBOL South America 3 teams
AFC Asia 3 teams
CAF Africa 2 teams
CONCACAF North, Central America and the Caribbean 2 teams
OFC Oceania 1 team
Total 16 teams

Qualification continues to be the same. Note that the host countries' continent loses one qualification spot. E.g. since the 2011 World Cup was held in Italy, they automatically qualified as a European team. Therefore in the Euro Beach Soccer Word Cup Qualifiers, only four teams qualified to join the hosts, Italy.

Results[edit]

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups[edit]

Two Year Basis[edit]

Year Location Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Number
of teams
Player of
the tournament
Top
goalscorer(s)
Best
goalkeeper
Goals scored
(average per game)
2017
Details
TBD
2015
Details
Portugal Praia da Baía, Espinho, Portugal
2013
Details
French Polynesia Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Russia

Spain

Brazil

Tahiti
16 Bruno Xavier (BRA) 11 goals
Dmitrii Shishin (RUS)
Dona (ESP) 243 (7.6)
2011
Details
Italy Marina di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy
Russia

Brazil

Portugal

El Salvador
16 Ilya Leonov (RUS) 14 goals
André (BRA)
Andrey Bukhlitskiy (RUS) 269 (8.4)

Yearly Basis[edit]

Year Location Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Number
of teams
Player of
the tournament
Top
goalscorer(s)
Best
goalkeeper
Goals scored
(average per game)
2009
Details
United Arab Emirates Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Brazil

Switzerland

Portugal

Uruguay
16 Dejan Stankovic (SUI) 16 goals
Dejan Stankovic (SUI)
Mão (BRA) 269 (8.7)
2008
Details
France Plage du Prado, Marseille, France
Brazil

Italy

Portugal

Spain
16 Amarelle (ESP) 13 goals
Madjer (POR)
Roberto Valeiro (ESP) 258 (8.3)
2007
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Mexico

Uruguay

France
16 Buru (BRA) 10 goals
Buru (BRA)
Not awarded 261 (8.2)
2006
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Uruguay

France

Portugal
16 Madjer (POR) 21 goals
Madjer (POR)
Not awarded 286 (8.9)
2005
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
France

Portugal

Brazil

Japan
12 Madjer (POR) 12 goals
Madjer (POR)
Not awarded 164 (8.2)

Beach Soccer World Championships[edit]

Year Location Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Number
of teams
Player(s) of
the tournament
Top
goalscorer(s)
Best
goalkeeper
Goals scored
(average per game)
2004
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Spain

Portugal

Italy
12 Jorginho (BRA) 12 goals
Madjer (POR)
Roberto (ESP) 155 (7.8)
2003
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Spain

Portugal

France
8 Amarelle (ESP) 15 goals
Neném (BRA)
Robertinho (BRA) 150 (9.4)
2002
Details
Brazil Vitória, Espírito Santo and
Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil

Portugal

Uruguay

Thailand
8 Neném (BRA) 9 goals
Neném (BRA)
Madjer (POR)
Nico (URU)
Normcharoen (THA) 145 (9.1)
2001
Details
Brazil Costa do Sauípe, Bahia, Brazil
Portugal

France

Argentina

Brazil
12 Hernâni (POR) 10 goals
Alan (POR)
Olmeta (FRA) 144 (7.2)
2000
Details
Brazil Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Peru

Spain

Japan
12 Júnior (BRA) 13 goals
Júnior (BRA)
Kato (JPN) 172 (8.6)
1999
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Portugal

Uruguay

Peru
12 Jorginho (BRA) 10 goals
Júnior (BRA)
Matosas (URU)
Pedro Crespo (POR) 186 (9.3)
1998
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

France

Uruguay

Peru
10 Júnior (BRA) 14 goals
Júnior (BRA)
Paulo Sérgio (BRA) 219 (9.1)
1997
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Uruguay

United States

Argentina
8 Júnior (BRA) 11 goals
Júnior (BRA)
Ramos (URU)
Paulo Sérgio (BRA) 144 (9.0)
1996
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

Uruguay

Italy

United States
8 Edinho (BRA) 14 goals
Altobelli (ITA)
Paulo Sérgio (BRA) 131 (8.2)
1995
Details
Brazil Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil

United States

England

Italy
8 Zico (BRA)
Júnior (BRA)
12 goals
Zico (BRA)
Altobelli (ITA)
Paulo Sérgio (BRA) 149 (9.3)

Successful national teams[edit]

In all, 38 nations have played in at least one World Beach Soccer Cup. Of these, only four nations have won the World Cup in 15 years. Brazil have won 13 World Cups and clearly dominate. Portugal won in 2001. France won in the first FIFA sanctioned tournament in 2005. Brazil is the only nation to have played in every World Cup to date.

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Brazil 13 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) 1 (2011) 2 (2005, 2013) 1 (2001)
 Russia 2 (2011, 2013) - - -
 Portugal 1 (2001) 3 (1999, 2002, 2005) 5 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011) 1 (2006)
 France 1 (2005) 2 (1998, 2001) 1 (2006) 2 (2003, 2007)
 Uruguay - 3 (1996, 1997, 2006) 4 (1998, 1999, 2002, 2007) 1 (2009)
 Spain - 3 (2003, 2004, 2013) 1 (2000) 1 (2008)
 Italy - 1 (2008) 1 (1996) 2 (1995, 2004)
 United States - 1 (1995) 1 (1997) 1 (1996)
 Peru - 1 (2000) - 2 (1998, 1999)
 Mexico - 1 (2007) - -
 Switzerland - 1 (2009) - -
 Argentina - - 1 (2001) 1 (1997)
 England - - 1 (1995) -
 Japan - - - 2 (2000, 2005)
 El Salvador - - - 1 (2011)
 Tahiti - - - 1 (2013)
 Thailand - - - 1 (2002)

Tournament appearances as of 2013[edit]

Since the tournament's establishment in 1995, as of the 2013 World Cup, 41 different countries have participated over the 17 competitions. However only one country has participated in all World Cups, which is Brazil, who have won 13 of the 17 competitions. European teams have dominated in appearances by continent, since 14 of the 41 different countries have been from Europe. Since qualification has been standardized, fewer new countries are expected to make an appearance.

Map of the countries that have appeared in any World Cup
Map of best results in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup by countries
Appearances Country
17  Brazil
15  Uruguay
14  Italy
 Portugal
 Argentina
13  Spain
 United States
12  France
11  Japan
6  Russia
5  Peru
 El Salvador
 Iran
 Solomon Islands
4  Senegal
 Germany
 United Arab Emirates
 Nigeria
3  Canada
 Mexico
 Switzerland
 Venezuela
 Ukraine
2  Bahrain
 South Africa
 Thailand
 Cameroon
 Ivory Coast
 Netherlands
 Tahiti
1  Australia
 Belgium
 Chile
 Costa Rica
 Denmark
 England
 Malaysia
 Oman
 Paraguay
 Poland
 Turkey

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