There are many variants of association football played around the world, these use widely differing rules and some have a more formal structure than others. Games such as Indoor soccer were created to provide year-round play, others such as Paralympic football were created to allow those with disabilities to compete. Some games, such as Footballtennis, are not related to association football but use a football to produce a variant of another game.
The competition was originally organised as the Beach Football World Championship, with the first tournament taking place in 1995 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tournament was deemed a success after being won by the host nation.
The Beach Soccer World Championship were administered by Beach Soccer Worldwide, a Spanish based organisation, with FIFA's endorsement. Prior to FIFA taking over the tournament in 2005, Brazil won nine out of ten Beach Soccer World Championship, with Portugal winning the other title.
In 2005 FIFA became the world governing body for beach soccer, and took over direct control of the Beach Soccer World Championship. FIFA Beach Soccer S.L., a FIFA subsidiary based in Barcelona, Spain, was set up to develop the game as well as administer the Beach Soccer World Cup.