2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

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2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country  Bahamas
City Nassau
Dates 27 April – 7 May 2017
Teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (14th title)
Runners-up  Tahiti
Third place  Iran
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 266 (8.31 per match)
Attendance 57,450 (1,795 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Gabriele Gori (17 goals)
Best player Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
Best goalkeeper Iran Peyman Hosseini
Fair play award  Brazil
2015
2019

The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the premier international beach soccer championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. Previous editions before 2005 were not governed by FIFA and were held under the title Beach Soccer World Championships. Overall this was the 19th edition of the World Cup since its establishment in 1995. This was the fourth tournament to take place under the biennial basis; the World Cup now takes place once every two years, after taking place on a yearly basis between 1995 and 2009.

FIFA originally started the bidding process in April 2013, whilst in December 2014, the Bahamas were appointed as hosts; this was the first time a men's senior FIFA tournament was hosted in the Caribbean.[1] Fifteen teams advanced through their respective preliminary continental qualification competitions, which started in September 2016 and ended in March 2017, to join the host team in the final tournament which included three nations making their debuts at the finals and notably saw two-time champions (in 2011 and 2013) Russia fail to qualify.[2] The tournament was played from 27 April to 7 May 2017, with all 32 matches hosted in one 3,500 seater stadium, in the Bahamian capital, Nassau.[3]

The hosts, making their first appearance at a World Cup, exited at the group stage. Portugal were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Brazil in the quarter-finals.[4] Brazil ultimately went on to defeat Tahiti in the final to claim their fourteenth world title since the competition's inception in 1995, and their fifth title of the FIFA era, ending an eight year wait after last winning the crown in 2009.[5] Iran finished third to claim the best ever placing by an Asian nation in the history of the competition.

Host selection[edit]

First bidding[edit]

On 17 April 2013, FIFA announced that bidding had begun for five competitions between 2016 and 2017, including the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Declarations of interest were made by May 15 deadline whilst the hosts were scheduled to be revealed in December 2013.[6]

The following 10 countries made an official bid for the World Cup, as revealed by FIFA on 28 May 2013.[7]

Second bidding[edit]

Due to undisclosed circumstances, FIFA did not pick a host from the first round of bidding by December 2013. And so on 6 March 2014, FIFA announced that bidding had re-opened for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. New member associations interested in hosting submitted a declaration of interest by 15 April 2014, and provided the complete set of bidding documents by 1 October 2014.[8]

The following 12 countries made official bids for hosting the tournament. Argentina were the only country to submit an entry in both rounds of bidding.[9]

On 19 December 2014, the FIFA Executive Committee announced the Bahamas as hosts.[1]

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Qualification began with the European qualifiers on 2 September 2016 and concluded with the final match of the AFC event on 11 March 2017. The hosts, the Bahamas, qualified automatically.

European nations usually receive five spots at the World Cup, and North American nations, two. However Since the Bahamas, as hosts, automatically qualified, taking one of the two North American two berths by default, it was decided by FIFA to transfer one spot from UEFA to CONCACAF to still allow two North American countries to qualify as normal, reducing the number of European berths to four.[3]

African zone[edit]

The two African qualifiers were determined via the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (the first time the qualification event was held under the Africa Cup of Nations title after CAF upped their commitment to beach soccer in 2015).[10] Eight nations took part in the finals between 13 and 18 December in Lagos, Nigeria, who qualified from a preliminary 14 team, two-legged play off event in August and September.[11] Senegal ultimately proved victorious claiming their fourth African crown and fourth successive qualification to the World Cup. Runners-up and hosts Nigeria also qualified, their first qualification since 2011.[12]

Asian zone[edit]

The qualifiers for members of the AFC took place in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia between 4 and 11 March 2017. 14 teams originally entered but two (Myanmar and Uzbekistan) withdrew before the start of the tournament.[13] Having never failed to qualify for a FIFA era World Cup, Japan narrowly progressed to the semi finals of the competition as the best runner-up of the three groups in the group stage. Iran and the United Arab Emirates successfully won their semi finals to qualify for the World Cup (for the 7th and 5th time respectively), with Iran winning the final (their 2nd AFC title). Semi final losers Japan and Lebanon contested the final World Cup berth in the third place play off with the Japanese coming out on top to qualify.[14]

European zone[edit]

The qualifiers for the members of UEFA took place between 2 and 11 September 2016 in Jesolo, Italy. A total of 28 teams entered into the tournament with the top four teams (the semi finalists) qualifying for the World Cup finals.[15] In a surprise result, Poland, ranked 12th in Europe prior to the competition, won the event and secured only their second qualification to a World Cup finals following their debut in 2006. The other successful qualifiers were runners-up Switzerland, third placed and defending World Champions Portugal who beat Italy, finishing fourth, the final qualifier.[16] Poland's success in the second group stage caused a major upset by denying two time World Cup champions (2011 and 2013) Russia a berth at the finals for the first time since 2006. Three time World Cup runners-up (2003, 2004 and 2013) Spain also failed to qualify for just the second time since their debut in 1998.

North, Central American and Caribbean Zone[edit]

The North American qualification event took place between 20 and 26 February 2017 in Nassau, the Bahamas at the very stadium the World Cup would be hosted in. 16 teams took part contesting two qualification berths.[17] In a surprise to all, Panama, in just their second CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship appearance, beat all four historically dominant forces in North America on their way to winning the tournament (Costa Rica in the group stage, the United States in the quarter finals, El Salvador in the semi finals and defending champions Mexico in the final).[18] As the finalists, Panama and Mexico qualified for the World Cup, the former for the first time (the first new North American World Cup debutants since 2009), the latter for the fifth time.[19]

Oceanian zone[edit]

The 2017 OFC Beach Soccer Championship was originally scheduled to take place in February,[20] however for undisclosed reasons, the tournament was cancelled. Due to their strong performances at the previous two World Cups, the OFC handpicked Tahiti to be the Oceanian representative at the 2017 World Cup (without having to qualify) in December 2015.[21]

South American zone[edit]

Qualifiers for South America took place in Lambaré, Paraguay between 5 and 12 February 2017 with all 10 members of CONMEBOL taking part[22] (the only qualification event to see all members of the respective confederation participate). With three berths available, finalists Brazil and hosts Paraguay secured their qualification by winning their respective semi finals. Brazil beat the Paraguayans in the final to win their sixth title. Ecuador beat Argentina on penalties in the third place play off to claim the final spot at the World Cup, their first qualification after missing out by one placing, finishing fourth, on three previous occasions.[23] This condemned Argentina to their first absence from a World Cup since 2003, their first of the FIFA era, and missing just a third World Cup in total having first appeared in the maiden event in 1995.

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament. In addition to Bahamas who qualified automatically as hosts, the other 15 teams qualified from six separate continental competitions. The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee on 17 March 2016.[3]

  Qualified for World Cup finals
  Entered qualifying rounds but failed to qualify for World Cup finals (or withdrew)
  Did not enter the World Cup
  Not an associate member of FIFA
Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Iran
 Japan
 United Arab Emirates
CAF (Africa) 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations  Nigeria
 Senegal
CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean) Host nation  Bahamas1
2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship  Mexico
 Panama1
CONMEBOL (South America) 2017 CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship  Brazil
 Ecuador1
 Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) Appointed by OFC (no qualifying tournament)[24]  Tahiti
UEFA (Europe) 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA)  Italy
 Poland
 Portugal
  Switzerland
1.^ Teams that will make their debut.

Organisation[edit]

The official poster of the World Cup

The following were key milestones in the organisation of the tournament:

  • The official emblem was unveiled on 28 July 2016.[25]
  • The match schedule was announced on 30 August 2016.[26]
  • The official match ball was revealed on 27 January 2017.[27]
  • The official song of the World Cup, Pure Good Vibes by Bahamian artist Rock Carey, was revealed alongside the draw on 28 February 2017.[28][29]
  • The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 Trophy Experience, touring the winners' trophy around five islands of the Bahamas between March and April 2017, was launched on 21 March 2017.[30]
  • To mark the 30-day countdown to the start of the tournament, the official promotional poster of the World Cup was unveiled by FIFA on 29 March 2017 at the National Beach Soccer Arena at Malcolm Park.[31]
  • FIFA's partners (Adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Kia Motors, Visa and WANDA) were the tournament's main sponsors along with national supporters in the Bahamas (BTC, Kalik Light and Scotiabank)

Venue[edit]

One venue in the capital city of Nassau was used.

Nassau
2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (Bahamas)
Nassau Stadium
Malcolm's Park West
25°04′32.1″N 77°19′31.4″W / 25.075583°N 77.325389°W / 25.075583; -77.325389 (TBA)
Capacity: 3,500

Match officials[edit]

FIFA chose 24 officials from 24 different countries to referee matches at the World Cup, who were revealed on 31 March 2017.[32] At least one referee is representing each of the six confederations: four from the AFC, three from CAF, five from CONMEBOL, three from CONCACAF, one from the OFC and eight from UEFA.[33]

Draw[edit]

The official draw was held on 28 February 2017, 20:00 EST (UTC−5), at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, in the attendance of the Bahamas Prime Minister, Perry Christie and CONCACAF General Secretary, Philippe Moggio. Former Brazilian association football international, Emerson and Miss Universe Bahamas 2016, Cherell Williamson, assisted the draw.[34][35]

The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams, with hosts Bahamas being allocated to position A1. The teams were seeded into their respective pots based on their BSWW Beach Soccer Rankings published on 27 February 2017, with the highest ranked teams placed into pot 1 alongside the hosts, the next highest ranked into pot 2 and so on. The identity of the AFC teams were not known at the time of the draw, so the three slots reserved for AFC teams were seeded based on the order in which they would finish in the 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship and not the world rankings, with the winners of the qualifiers going to pot 2, runners-up to pot 3 and third place team to pot 4. Teams from the same confederation could not be drawn against each other for the group stage.[36]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Note: The numbers in parentheses are the world rankings of the accompanying teams prior to the draw

Squads[edit]

Each team first named a preliminary squad of 18 players. From the preliminary squad, the team then named a final squad of 12 players (two of whom had to be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline of 20 April 2017.[37] Players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.[38]

Group stage[edit]

Each team earns 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. The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals. The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 18.5):[38]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above criterion, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. goal difference in all group matches;
  5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  7. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times are local, EDT (UTC−4).[39]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 0 18 13 +5 7 Knockout stage
2  Senegal 3 2 0 0 1 25 7 +18 6
3  Bahamas (H) 3 1 0 0 2 7 14 −7 3
4  Ecuador 3 0 0 0 3 6 22 −16 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
17:00
Ecuador  0–9  Senegal
Report Goal 6'17' Diagne
Goal 7'9'21' Barry
Goal 15'34' Ndoye
Goal 24' Diassy
Goal 25' Balde
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 650
Referee: Ebrahim Almansory (United Arab Emirates)

27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
20:00
Bahamas  2–3   Switzerland
St. Fleur Goal 1'
Christie Goal 31'
Report Goal 6' Ott
Goal 13'27' Hodel
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,300
Referee: Issam Bousbih (Tunisia)

29 April 2017 (2017-04-29)
17:00
Switzerland   9–5  Ecuador
Mo Jaeggy Goal 7'
Stankovic Goal 8'15'33'
Ott Goal 10'10'18'23'
Werder Goal 10'
Report Goal 15' Bailon
Goal 16'22' Cedeno
Goal 21' Delgado
Goal 23' Gallegos
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,700
Referee: Juan Angeles (Dominican Republic)

29 April 2017 (2017-04-29)
20:00
Senegal  10–1  Bahamas
Sylla Goal 1'
Balde Goal 2'3'21'
Diagne Goal 5'
Diassy Goal 8'
Ndoye Goal 26'30'
Diouf Goal 34'34'
Report Goal 17' (pen.) Christie
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Yuichi Hatano (Japan)

1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)
17:00
Switzerland   6–6 (a.e.t.)  Senegal
Hodel Goal 4'
Stankovic Goal 23' (pen.)24'31'
Werder Goal 28'
Spacca Goal 39'
Report Goal 2' Fall
Goal 13' Balde
Goal 18'32' Diagne
Goal 25' Ndoye
Goal 38' Ndour
  Penalties  
Mo Penalty scored
Hodel Penalty scored
Stankovic Penalty scored
3–1 Penalty scored Barry
Penalty missed Diagne
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Micke Palomino (Peru)

1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)
20:00
Bahamas  4–1  Ecuador
Francois Goal 19'33'
St. Fleur Goal 22'
Williams Goal 34'
Report Goal 29' Moreira
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,400
Referee: Hugo Pado (Solomon Islands)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 3 0 0 0 25 11 +14 9 Knockout stage
2  Iran 3 1 0 1 1 11 11 0 4
3  Nigeria 3 0 1 0 2 15 20 −5 2
4  Mexico 3 0 0 0 3 7 16 −9 0
Source: FIFA

27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
15:30
Iran  3–2  Mexico
Hosseini Goal 20'
Akbari Goal 29'
Ahmadzadeh Goal 31'
Report Goal 21' Mosco
Goal 25' Maldonado
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 400
Referee: Łukasz Ostrowski (Poland)

27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
18:30
Nigeria  6–12  Italy
Abu Goal 2'28'35'
Godspower Goal 6'
Tale Goal 22'
Emeka Goal 23'
Report Goal 2'31'31' Palmacci
Goal 9' Zurlo
Goal 19'21'23'29'29'32' Gori
Goal 23' Di Palma
Goal 35' Chiavaro
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,600
Referee: Miguel Lopez (Guatemala)

29 April 2017 (2017-04-29)
15:30
Italy  5–4  Iran
Gori Goal 8'26'
Corisiniti Goal 29'
Ramacciotti Goal 29'34'
Report Goal 9' Akbari
Goal 11' Ahmadzadeh
Goal 18' Mesigar
Goal 36' Mokhtari
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Ivo Moraes (Brazil)

29 April 2017 (2017-04-29)
18:30
Mexico  4–5 (a.e.t.)  Nigeria
Villa Goal 8'
A. Rodríguez Goal 15'
Maldonado Goal 16' (pen.)
Mosco Goal 39'
Report Goal 15' Emeka
Goal 20'39' Abu
Goal 35' Tale
Goal 37' Godspower
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,600
Referee: Sergio Filipe Gomes Soares (Portugal)

1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)
15:30
Italy  8–1  Mexico
Di Palma Goal 3'
Zurlo Goal 17'
Palmacci Goal 17'26'
Gori Goal 20'24'31'
Ramacciotti Goal 34'
Report Goal 35' Maldonado
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 500
Referee: Shao Liang (China)

1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)
18:30
Nigeria  4–4 (a.e.t.)  Iran
Tale Goal 15' (pen.)
Emmanuel Goal 19'
Godspower Goal 22'
Ibenegbu Goal 33'
Report Goal 8'21' Ahmadzadeh
Goal 16'33' Mokhtari
  Penalties  
Tale Penalty missed
Ibenegbu Penalty scored
Ogodo Penalty missed
1–2 Penalty missed Boulokbashi
Penalty scored Nazem
Penalty scored Akbari
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,900
Referee: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (Lithuania)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Paraguay 3 2 0 0 1 12 8 +4 6 Knockout stage
2  Portugal 3 1 1 0 1 12 6 +6 5
3  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 1 1 6 6 0 4
4  Panama 3 0 0 0 3 4 14 −10 0
Source: FIFA

28 April 2017 (2017-04-28)
17:00
Portugal  7–0  Panama
Torres Goal 3'
Leo Martins Goal 5'28'
Coimbra Goal 6'
José Maria Goal 13'32'
Belchior Goal 31'
Report
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 700
Referee: Jelili Ogunmuyiwa (Nigeria)

28 April 2017 (2017-04-28)
20:00
United Arab Emirates  3–2  Paraguay
Haitham Goal 5'12'
W. Beshir Goal 25'
Report Goal 9'29' Carballo
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,900
Referee: Ago Kaertmann (Estonia)

30 April 2017 (2017-04-30)
17:00
Paraguay  5–3  Portugal
Rolon Goal 4'
Moran Goal 16'31'
Lopez Goal 27'
Carballo Goal 27'
Report Goal 11'18' Jordan
Goal 34' Alan
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,450
Referee: Said Hachim (Madagascar)

30 April 2017 (2017-04-30)
20:00
Panama  2–2 (a.e.t.)  United Arab Emirates
Galvez Goal 2'
Arrocha Goal 2'
Report Goal 1'9' Walid
  Penalties  
R. Garcia Penalty scored
Bultron Penalty scored
E. Garcia Penalty missed
Watson Penalty missed
2–3 Penalty scored Haitham
Penalty missed W. Beshr
Penalty scored A. Beshr
Penalty scored Ali Karim
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Pablo Marcelo Cadenasso Martinez (Uruguay)

2 May 2017 (2017-05-02)
17:00
Paraguay  5–2  Panama
Villaverde Goal 1'
Benitez Goal 5'
Zayas Goal 10'
Carballo Goal 25'
Moran Goal 30'
Report Goal 9' Watson
Goal 27' Rangel
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 600
Referee: Sofien Benchabane (France)

2 May 2017 (2017-05-02)
20:00
United Arab Emirates  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Ali Karim Goal 36' Report Goal 19' Belchior
Goal 37' Bruno Novo
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,700
Referee: Gonzalo Yurandir Carballo Perez (El Salvador)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 0 20 8 +12 9 Knockout stage
2  Tahiti 3 2 0 0 1 13 11 +2 6
3  Japan 3 1 0 0 2 15 17 −2 3
4  Poland 3 0 0 0 3 12 24 −12 0
Source: FIFA

28 April 2017 (2017-04-28)
15:30
Japan  9–4  Poland
Goto Goal 4'5'18'22'27'
Oba Goal 16' (pen.)
Iino Goal 22'
Yamauchi Goal 23'30'
Report Goal 18' Jesionowski
Goal 19'26' Saganowski
Goal 36' Ziober
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 400
Referee: Mariano Romo (Argentina)

28 April 2017 (2017-04-28)
18:30
Brazil  4–1  Tahiti
Filipe Goal 5'
Bruno Xavier Goal 7'
Catarino Goal 13'29'
Report Goal 3' Tepa
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)

30 April 2017 (2017-04-30)
15:30
Tahiti  4–3  Japan
Labaste Goal 4'
Tavanae Goal 26'
Tepa Goal 28'
Li Fung Kuee Goal 35'
Report Goal 26'31'34' Akaguma
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Eduards Borisevics (Latvia)

30 April 2017 (2017-04-30)
18:30
Poland  4–7  Brazil
Jesionowski Goal 3'34'
Saganowski Goal 32'36' (pen.)
Report Goal 6' Lucao
Goal 20'31' Catarino
Goal 24' Rodrigo
Goal 26'34' Fernando
Goal 36' Mauricinho
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Bakhtiyor Namazov (Uzbekistan)

2 May 2017 (2017-05-02)
15:30
Tahiti  8–4  Poland
Li Fung Kuee Goal 2'36'
Tavanae Goal 4'34'
Tepa Goal 7'
Angel Goal 12'
N. Bennett Goal 13'18'
Report Goal 22' Lenart
Goal 27' (pen.) Kubiak
Goal 31' (o.g.) R. Bennett
Goal 34' Jesionowski
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 500
Referee: Jorge Luis Martínez Pavón (Paraguay)

2 May 2017 (2017-05-02)
18:30
Brazil  9–3  Japan
Goto Goal 5' (o.g.)
Rodrigo Goal 6'17'23'28'36'
Mauricinho Goal 20'35'
Catarino Goal 21'
Report Goal 10' Oba
Goal 12' Goto
Goal 22' (o.g.) Bokhinha
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Jude Amin Utulu (Malta)

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                   
 
4 May — Nassau
 
 
  Switzerland 3
 
6 May — Nassau
 
 Iran (a.e.t.) 4
 
 Iran 1 (2)
 
4 May — Nassau
 
 Tahiti (p) 1 (3)
 
 Paraguay 4
 
7 May — Nassau
 
 Tahiti 6
 
 Tahiti 0
 
4 May — Nassau
 
 Brazil 6
 
 Italy 5
 
6 May — Nassau
 
 Senegal 1
 
 Italy 4
 
4 May — Nassau
 
 Brazil 8 Third Place
 
 Brazil 4
 
7 May — Nassau
 
 Portugal 3
 
 Iran 5
 
 
 Italy 3
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

4 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
15:30
Paraguay  4–6  Tahiti
Fernandez Goal 15'
Moran Goal 18'24'
Zayas Goal 36'
Report Goal 9' Jo
Goal 12' N. Bennett
Goal 19' Taiarui
Goal 29' Labaste
Goal 36' Tavanae
Goal 36' Tepa
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 700
Referee: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (Lithuania)

4 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
17:00
Brazil  4–3  Portugal
Catarino Goal 1'
Datinha Goal 19' (pen.)21'
Rodrigo Goal 34'
Report Goal 1' Torres
Goal 12'30' Jordan
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,750
Referee: Bakhtiyor Namazov (Uzbekistan)

4 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
18:30
Switzerland   3–4 (a.e.t.)  Iran
Stankovic Goal 17'
Hodel Goal 18'23'
Report Goal 4'14' Ahmadzadeh
Goal 36' Nazem
Goal 39' Mokhtari
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)

4 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
20:00
Italy  5–1  Senegal
Gori Goal 2' (pen.)23'27' (pen.)
Marrucci Goal 21'
Frainetti Goal 25'
Report Goal 34' (pen.) Balde
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Mariano Romo (Argentina)

Semi-finals[edit]

6 May 2017 (2017-05-06)
15:00
Iran  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Tahiti
Nazem Goal 19' Report Goal 32' Tepa
  Penalties  
Nazem Penalty scored
Mokhtari Penalty scored
Akbari Penalty missed
Ahmadzadeh Penalty missed
Kiani Penalty missed
Behzadpour Penalty missed
2–3 Penalty scored Bennett
Penalty missed Teriitau
Penalty scored Li Fung Kuee
Penalty missed Labaste
Penalty missed Tepa
Penalty scored Mo
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Eduards Borisevics (Latvia)

6 May 2017 (2017-05-06)
16:30
Italy  4–8  Brazil
Marrucci Goal 2'
Ramacciotti Goal 9'
Gori Goal 26' (pen.)
Corosiniti Goal 26'
Report Goal 2'15'19' Mauricinho
Goal 9' Rodrigo
Goal 12' Catarino
Goal 17' Lucão
Goal 22' Mão
Goal 26' Bokinha
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,450
Referee: Said Hachim (Madagascar)

Third place match[edit]

7 May 2017 (2017-05-07)
15:00
Iran  5–3  Italy
Ahmadzadeh Goal 3'14'36' (pen.)
Mokhtari Goal 19'
Mesigar Goal 30'
Report Goal 26'29' Gori
Goal 33' Ramacciotti
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Ivo Moraes (Brazil)

Final[edit]

7 May 2017 (2017-05-07)
16:30
Tahiti  0–6  Brazil
Report Goal 1'18' Mauricinho
Goal 7' Datinha
Goal 30' Catarino
Goal 32'33' Daniel
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Bakhtiyor Namazov (Uzbekistan)

Awards[edit]

In the aftermath of the final at 18:00 local time, FIFA presented individual awards to the three best players of the tournament, three 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.[40][38] Following this, this winners trophy was awarded to Brazil, the champions of this year's World Cup.

When deciding the scoring awards, players tied with the same amount of goals scored were then split based on the amount of assists the tied players in question provided during the tournament, with the player with more assists ranked higher than the other.[41] In this case, Rodrigo and Ahmadzadeh were tied on nine goals each. However Rodrigo had three assists to Ahmadzadeh's one and so were ranked accordingly.[42]

Winners[edit]

 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Champions 

Brazil
Fifth (14th overall) title

Individual awards[edit]

adidas
Golden Ball
adidas
Silver Ball
adidas
Bronze Ball
Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Brazil Mauricinho Brazil Datinha
adidas
Golden Scorer
adidas
Silver Scorer
adidas
Bronze Scorer
Italy Gabriele Gori Brazil Rodrigo Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
17 goals 9 goals 9 goals
adidas Golden Glove
Iran Peyman Hosseini
FIFA Fair Play Award
 Brazil
Goal of the tournament
Iran Peyman Hosseini vs. Mexico[43]

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

Top goalscorer, Gabriele Gori, recorded the second highest amount of goals ever scored in a World Cup with 17 and became the first Italian of the FIFA era to be top scorer (Alessandro Altobelli was top scorer in the pre-FIFA era in 1995 and 1996). Notably Madjer (who holds the record for the highest amount of goals scored at a single World Cup (21 in 2006) and the highest tally of goals overall in the FIFA era at 87) failed to score even a single goal at a World Cup finals for the very first time.[44]

Former Golden Boot winner, Dejan Stankovic, scored his highest amount of goals (seven) since winning the award with 16 in 2009. The winner of the Golden Boot in the last edition, Pedro Moran (who won the award with eight goals) scored five goals this time around.

There was a total of 103 scorers in this year's World Cup.

17 goals
  • Italy Gabriele Gori
9 goals
  • Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
  • Brazil Rodrigo
8 goals
  • Brazil Mauricinho
  • Brazil Catarino
7 goals
  • Switzerland Dejan Stankovic
6 goals
  • Senegal Ibrahima Balde
  • Japan Takasuke Goto
5 goals
  • Senegal Papa Ndoye
  • Italy Dario Ramacciotti
  • Switzerland Noel Ott
  • Italy Paolo Palmacci
  • Paraguay Pedro Moran
  • Nigeria Abu Azeez
  • Switzerland Glenn Hodel
  • French Polynesia Patrick Tepa
  • Iran Mohammad Mokhtari
  • Senegal Mamour Diagne
4 goals
  • Poland Boguslaw Saganowski
  • French Polynesia Heiarii Tavanae
  • Portugal Jordan Santos
  • Poland Jakub Jesionowski
  • Paraguay Carlos Carballo
3 goals
  • Mexico Ramon Maldonado
  • French Polynesia Naea Bennett
  • Nigeria Godspower Igudia
  • Nigeria Victor Tale
  • Japan Takuya Akaguma
  • Senegal Hamidou Barry
  • French Polynesia Raimana Li Fung Kuee
  • Brazil Datinha
2 goals
  • The Bahamas Gavin Christie
  • United Arab Emirates Haitham Mohamed
  • Nigeria Emeka Ogbonna
  • United Arab Emirates Walid Mohammad
  • Portugal Ze Maria
  • Paraguay Orlando Zayas
  • Italy Matteo Marrucci
  • Brazil Daniel
  • Brazil Lucao
  • Italy Francesco Corosiniti
  • Portugal Bruno Torres
  • Portugal Belchior
  • Ecuador Daniel Cedeno
  • Senegal Hamad Diouf
  • Japan Takaaki Oba
  • Mexico Benjamin Mosco
  • Senegal Lansana Diassy
  • Switzerland Nicola Werder
  • The Bahamas Jean Francois
  • Italy Michele Di Palma
  • Iran Ali Nazem
  • Portugal Leo Martins
  • The Bahamas Lesly St. Fleur
  • Iran Moslem Mesigar
  • Japan Shusei Yamauchi
  • French Polynesia Tearii Labaste
  • Italy Emmanuele Zurlo
  • Iran Amir Akbari
1 goal
  • Mexico Abdiel Villa
  • Brazil Bruno Xavier
  • Switzerland Mo Jaeggy
  • Brazil Fernando
  • Ecuador Joffre Delgado
  • Poland Konrad Kubiak
  • Panama Pascual Galvez
  • The Bahamas Kyle Williams
  • Poland Witold Ziober
  • Ecuador Cristhian Gallegos
  • Ecuador Segundo Moreira
  • Ecuador Jorge Bailon
  • Panama Julio Watson
  • Brazil Filipe
  • French Polynesia Angelo Tchen
  • French Polynesia Heimanu Taiarui
  • Panama Justo Arrocha
  • Portugal Coimbra
  • Nigeria Emmanuel Ohwoferia
  • Panama Gilberto Rangel
  • Brazil Mão
  • French Polynesia Jonathan Torohia
  • Senegal Babacar Fall
  • Paraguay Juan Lopez
  • Brazil Bokinha
  • Paraguay Jesus Rolon
  • Switzerland Sandro Spaccarotella
  • Poland Tomasz Lenart
  • United Arab Emirates Ali Karim
  • Paraguay Ivan Fernandez
  • United Arab Emirates Waleed Beshr
  • Portugal Alan Cavalcanti
  • Paraguay Sergio Villaverde
  • Italy Alessio Frainetti
  • Paraguay Gustavo Benitez
  • Portugal Bruno Novo
  • Senegal Papa Ndour
  • Iran Peyman Hosseini
  • Nigeria Bartholomew Ibenegbu
  • Senegal Mamadou Sylla
  • Italy Alfioluca Chiavaro
  • Japan Tomoyuki Iino
  • Mexico Angel Rodriguez
Own goals
  • French Polynesia Raimoana Bennett (vs. Poland)
  • Japan Takasuke Goto (vs. Brazil)
  • Brazil Bokhinha (vs. Japan)

Source: FIFA

Discipline[edit]

Summary of statistics

Sources: FIFA (team), FIFA (player)

Final standings[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 D  Brazil 6 6 0 0 0 38 15 +23 18 Champions
2 D  Tahiti 6 3 0 1 2 20 22 −2 10 Runners-up
3 B  Iran 6 2 1 1 2 21 18 +3 9 Third place
4 B  Italy 6 4 0 0 2 37 25 +12 12 Fourth place
5 A   Switzerland 4 2 0 1 1 21 17 +4 7 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A  Senegal 4 2 0 0 2 26 12 +14 6
7 C  Paraguay 4 2 0 0 2 16 14 +2 6
8 C  Portugal 4 1 1 0 2 15 10 +5 5
9 C  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 1 1 6 6 0 4 Eliminated in
Group stage
10 D  Japan 3 1 0 0 2 15 17 −2 3
11 A  Bahamas (H) 3 1 0 0 2 7 14 −7 3
12 B  Nigeria 3 0 1 0 2 15 20 −5 2
13 B  Mexico 3 0 0 0 3 7 16 −9 0
14 C  Panama 3 0 0 0 3 4 14 −10 0
15 D  Poland 3 0 0 0 3 12 24 −12 0
16 A  Ecuador 3 0 0 0 3 6 22 −16 0
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The following table is a summary of some notable and participating countries' broadcasting licensee holders.

Territory Broadcaster Licensees Ref
 Albania RTSH [45]
 Argentina DirecTV Latin America [45]
 Armenia ARMTV [45]
 Australia SBS [45]
 Austria ORF [45]
 Azerbaijan İTV [45]
 Belarus BTRC [45]
 Belgium VRT, RTBF [45]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT [45]
 Brazil SporTV [45]
 Bulgaria BNT [45]
 Canada TSN [45]
 Caribbean[n 1] DirecTV [45]
 Chile Canal 13, TVN, Mega [45]
 Croatia HRT [45]
 Cyprus CyBC [45]
 Czech Republic ČT [45]
 Ecuador DirecTV Latin America, RTS [45]
 Estonia ERR [45]
 Europe[n 2] Eurosport [45]
 Georgia GPB [45]
 Hungary MTVA [45]
 Iceland RÚV [45]
 Indian Subcontinent[n 3] Sony Pictures Networks India [45]
 Iran IRIB TV3, IRIB Varzesh [45]
 Ireland RTÉ [45]
 Israel IBA [45]
 Japan Fuji Television [45]
 Kosovo RTK [45]
 Latvia LTV [45]
 Lithuania LRT [45]
 Macedonia MRT [45]
 Malaysia &  Brunei Astro [45]
 Malta PBS [45]
 Mexico Televisa, Azteca [45]
 Middle East and North Africa[n 4] beIN SPORTS MENA [45]
 Moldova TRM [45]
 Netherlands NOS [45]
 New Zealand Sky Sports [45]
 Panama TVN, SKY, RPC TV Canal 4 [45]
 Philippines ABS-CBN [45]
 Poland Telewizja Polska [45]
 Portugal RTP [45]
 Romania TVR [45]
 Serbia RTS [45]
 Sub-Saharan Africa[n 5] Econet Media [45]
 Slovakia RTVS [45]
 Slovenia RTVSLO [45]
  Switzerland SRG SSR [45]
 Turkey TRT [45]
 Uruguay Saeta TV Channel 10, Teledoce, Monte Carlo TV [45]
 United States Fox Sports, Telemundo [45]
 Venezuela Meridiano Television [45]
  1. ^ The FIFA/DirecTV deal covers the rights in 27 countries
  2. ^ The FIFA/Eurosport deal covers the rights in all 52 European countries, bar Kazakhstan. The other individual European countries listed show the additional broadcasting licenses in those countries.
  3. ^ The FIFA/Sony deal covers the rights in 7 countries
  4. ^ The FIFA/beIN Sports Arabia deal covers the rights in 13 countries of the Arab League
  5. ^ The FIFA/Econet deal covers the rights in 42 countries

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