2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
|Campeonato do Mundo de Futebol de Praia da FIFA Portugal 2015|
|Teams||16 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Portugal (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||253 (7.91 per match)|
|Attendance||96,300 (3,009 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Pedro Moran
|Best player||Heimanu Taiarui|
|Best goalkeeper||Jonathan Torohia|
|Fair play award||Brazil|
The 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the premier international beach soccer competition for men's national teams, which has been organized by FIFA since 2005. Overall, it was the 18th edition since the tournament's creation in 1995 as the Beach Soccer World Championship, and the third to take place under the biennial system introduced in 2009.
The tournament took place from 9 to 19 July 2015 at Praia da Baía in Espinho, Portugal, after the country's bid was selected by the FIFA Executive Committee on 28 May 2013, from among twelve proposals. This was the second time that Portugal hosted a FIFA competition, after the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship. Fifteen teams advanced through their respective continental qualification competitions to join the host team in the final tournament. The final draw occurred on 28 April 2015 at the Espinho Multimedia Auditorium, setting up a total of 32 matches that were played at the Espinho Stadium – a purpose-built temporary venue with a capacity of 3,500 – and attended by a total of 96,300 people.
After missing the previous edition, Portugal reached the final – eliminating two-time defending champions Russia in the semi-finals – and defeated first-time finalists Tahiti 5–3 to claim their second title in the competition and their first in the FIFA era. Alan and Madjer were the only two surviving players from the Portuguese squad that won in 2001 to also win these championships.
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Qualification
- 3 Teams
- 4 Venue
- 5 Referees
- 6 Draw
- 7 Squads
- 8 Group stage
- 9 Knockout stage
- 10 Awards
- 11 Statistics
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Twelve FIFA member associations from five confederations officially announced their interest in hosting the 2015 Beach Soccer World Cup by the deadline of 14 September 2012. On 28 May 2013, the FIFA Executive Committee, gathered in Mauritius, announced that the tournament would be held in Portugal. It was the second time that Portugal staged a FIFA competition, after the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship.
- Candidate associations:
Qualifying rounds took place in 2014 and 2015. Portugal qualified automatically as hosts.
The CAF Beach Soccer Championship took place in Roche Caiman, Seychelles on 14–19 April 2015. A total of eight teams took part in the tournament, where seven spots (other than host nation Seychelles) were determined through qualifiers held in February and March 2015. The top two teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Senegal and Madagascar won their respective semi-finals on 18 April 2015 to qualify for the World Cup, with Madagascar defeating Senegal in the final on the next day to win the tournament.
The AFC Beach Soccer Championship took place in Doha, Qatar on 23–28 March 2015. A total of 14 teams took part in the tournament (Palestine entered but withdrew). The top three teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Oman and Japan won their respective semi-finals on 27 March 2015 to qualify for the World Cup. On the next day, Iran won the third place match to also book a place in the World Cup, while Oman defeated Japan in the final to win the tournament.
The UEFA qualifiers took place in Jesolo, Italy on 5–14 September 2014. A total of 23 teams took part in the tournament (Georgia entered but withdrew). The top four teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Switzerland became the first team (other than host nation Portugal) to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on 11 September 2014. On the next day, Russia, Spain and Italy also booked a place in the World Cup by advancing to the semi-finals, with Russia defeating Switzerland in the final two days later to win the tournament, and Italy defeating Spain to finish third.
North, Central American and Caribbean Zone
The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship took place in Costa del Sol, El Salvador on 28 March–4 April 2015. A total of 16 teams took part in the tournament. The top two teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Mexico and Costa Rica won their respective semi-finals on 3 April 2015 to qualify for the World Cup, with Mexico defeating Costa Rica in the final on the next day to win the tournament.
The OFC Beach Soccer Championship was scheduled to take place in Tahiti on 16–22 February 2015. However, the tournament was cancelled, and Tahiti were designated by the OFC as their representative.
South American Zone
The CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship took place in Manta, Ecuador on 19–26 April 2015. A total of 10 teams took part in the tournament. The top three teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Brazil and Paraguay won their respective semi-finals on 25 April 2015 to qualify for the World Cup. On the next day, Argentina won the third place match to also book a place in the World Cup, while Brazil defeated Paraguay in the final to win the tournament.
The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament:
|AFC (Asia)||2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship|| Iran
|CAF (Africa)||2015 CAF Beach Soccer Championship|| Madagascar1
|CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean)||2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship|| Costa Rica
|CONMEBOL (South America)||2015 CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship|| Argentina
|OFC (Oceania)||Appointed by OFC (qualifying tournament cancelled)||Tahiti|
|UEFA (Europe)||Host nation||Portugal|
|2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA)|| Italy
1. Teams that made their debut.
All matches were played at the Espinho Stadium, a purpose-built 3,500-capacity venue located in Praia da Baía, Espinho.
2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (Portugal)
FIFA chose 24 officials from 24 different countries to referee matches at the World Cup, with at least one referee representing each confederation: four from AFC, three from CAF, five from CONMEBOL, three from CONCACAF, one from OFC and eight from UEFA.
| Shao Liang
Suhaimi Mat Hassan
| Said Hachim
| Warner Porras
| Mariano Romo
Ivo de Moraes
|Hugo Pado|| Ingilab Mammadov
| Łukasz Ostrowski
The final draw was held on 28 April 2015 at the Espinho Multimedia Auditorium. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams, with hosts Portugal being seeded in Group A and defending champions Russia being seeded in Group D. Switzerland and Brazil, the second and third-ranked teams in the FIFA World Ranking, were the other two seeded teams. Teams from the same confederation could not be drawn against each other for the group stage, except one of the groups that must contain two UEFA teams as there were five UEFA teams.
|Pot 1 (Seeds)||Pot 2 (AFC & OFC)||Pot 3 (CAF & CONCACAF)||Pot 4 (CONMEBOL & UEFA)|
| Portugal (assigned to A1)
Russia (assigned to D1)
In the group stage, teams earn three points for a win in regulation time, two points for a win in extra time, one point for a win in a penalty shoot-out, and no points for a defeat.
Following FIFA's rule changes issued in July 2014, this was the first World Cup to award just one point for a penalty shoot-out win (as opposed to two points in all previous World Cups) as well as penalty shoots outs being best of three rather than sudden death from the start.
The ranking of each team in each group will be determined by the following criteria:
- greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above criterion, their rankings will be determined as follows:
- greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest goal difference in all group matches;
- greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
- drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
|1||Portugal (H)||3||2||0||0||1||16||10||+6||6[a]||Knockout stage|
- Portugal ahead of Japan on points obtained on head-to-head matches (Portugal defeated Japan 4–2)
- Argentina ahead of Senegal on points obtained on head-to-head matches (Argentina defeated Senegal 4–3)
|Madjer 4', 22'
Bê Martins 18'
F. Hilaire 11'
|Report||Baldé 5', 25'
Baldé 25', 32'
|Report||Belchior 7', 31'
Léo Martins 17'
|Goto 15', 21'
|Report||F. Hilaire 2'
Madjer 12', 31'
Alan 18', 29'
Zé Maria 36'
|Report||Sirico 32' (pen.)
S. Hilaire 33'
|Gori 1', 9', 16'
Zurlo 13', 19'
Villegas 19' (o.g.)
Ott 10', 12', 21'
K. Al-Araimi 19'
|Y. Al-Araimi 8'
K. Al-Araimi 22'
|Report||Zurlo 12', 30'
|Al-Dhabit 4', 26' (pen.)
Y. Al-Araimi 17', 26'
Al-Qassmi 32', 36'
|Report||Johnson 19', 28' (pen.)|
|Ott 4', 10'
Palmacci 15', 31'
Frainetti 21' (pen.)
|Antonio 2', 15', 31'
|Report||Boloukbashi 2', 15'
Mokhtari 19', 36'
Bruno Xavier 12'
Gonzalez 26' (o.g.)
|Maldonado 1' (pen.)||Report||Llorenç 3'
Antonio 35' (pen.)
|Akbari 2', 4'
Bruno Xavier 12'
|Rodrigo 2', 32'||Report||Mérida 12'|
|Romanov 7', 15'
Shishin 8', 28', 30'
Moran 3', 17', 34'
Rodriguez 18' (pen.)
Bennett 17' (pen.)
Romanov 7', 9'
|Moran 2', 18', 25'
Labaste 4', 27'
|Report||Li Fung Kuee 2', 9', 14', 27'
|Moran 11', 27'
|Report||Rasolomandimby 13', 26'|
|Tahiti (p)||6 (3)|
|Russia||2||Third place match|
Bokinha 31' (pen.)
Bruno Xavier 32'
|Leu 2' (o.g.)
Madjer 13', 25', 32'
|Report||Ott 11', 29' (pen.)
|Zurlo 12', 35'
|Bennett 11', 14'
Li Fung Kuee 30'
Gori 22', 34'
Di Palma 28'
Bennett 14', 26'
Li Fung Kuee
Bê Martins 12', 35'
Third place match
Peremitin 11', 14'
Li Fung Kuee 19', 25'
In the aftermath of the final, FIFA presented individual awards to the three best players of the tournament, top goal-scorers, and to the best goalkeeper. In addition, a collective award was given to the team with the most points in the Fair Play ranking. Since three players all scored 8 goals, other stats such as assists, penalties and matches played were then considered to work out the standings between them. Notably, this World Cup saw the fewest goals ever scored for a player to claim the golden boot.
|Pedro Moran||Madjer||Noel Ott|
|8 goals||8 goals||8 goals|
|adidas Golden Glove|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
|Goal of the tournament|
|Madjer v Switzerland|
- 8 goals
- Pedro Moran
- Noel Ott
- 7 goals
- Gabriele Gori
- Emmanuele Zurlo
- Kirill Romanov
- Raimana Li Fung Kuee
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- Federico Hilaire
- Luciano Sirico
- Danny Johnson
- Greivin Pacheco
- Farid Boloukbashi
- Moslem Mesigar
- Dario Ramacciotti
- Ramon Maldonado
- Hani Al-Dhabit
- Ishaq Al-Qassmi
- Khalid Al-Araimi
- Bruno Novo
- Yury Krasheninnikov
- Ilya Leonov
- Aleksey Makarov
- Egor Shaykov
- Anton Shkarin
- Babacar Fall
- Stephan Leu
- 1 goal
- Federico Costas
- Luciano Franceschini
- Santiago Hilaire
- Rodrigo López
- Facundo Minici
- Fernando Ddi
- José Mendoza
- Vladimir Adanis
- Faroogh Dara
- Mehran Morshedi
- Francesco Corosiniti
- Michele di Palma
- Alessio Frainetti
- Takuya Akaguma
- Shotaro Haraguchi
- Ozu Moreira
- Takaaki Oba
- Teruki Tabata
- Tianasoa Rabeasimbola
- Tokindrainy Randriamampandry
- Flavien Razafimahatratra
- Ymelda Razafimandimby
- Gerardo Gómez
- Abdiel Villa
- Ghaith Al-Alawi
- Abdullah Al-Sauti
- Édgar Barreto
- Wilson Rodriguez
- Jesús Rolon
- Elinton Andrade
- Léo Martins
- Jordan Santos
- Bruno Torres
- Zé Maria
- Andrey Bukhlitskiy
- Gorgui Faye
- Pape Amadou Kamara
- Papa Ndour
- Papa Modou N'Doye
- Ngalla Sylla
- Ibra Thioune
- Raúl Mérida
- Philipp Borer
- Michael Misev
- Angelo Schirinzi
- Tainui Lehartel
- Angelo Tchen
- Jonathan Torohia
- Teva Zaveroni
- Own goals
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