2019 Euro Beach Soccer League

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2019 Euro Beach Soccer League
2019 EBSL composite logo.png
Composite image of the banner style logos used during the 2019 EBSL. At each regular season stage, the main EBSL banner is joined soley by the subtitle corresponding to that stage.
Tournament details
Host countriesPortugal
Italy
Dates5 July – 8 September
Teams28 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played39
Goals scored293 (7.51 per match)
2018
2020
2019 Euro Beach Soccer League is located in Europe
Stage 1, Nazaré
Stage 1, Nazaré
Stage 2, Catania
Stage 2, Catania
Superfinal, Figueira da Foz
Superfinal, Figueira da Foz
Locations of the two stages and the Superfinal of the 2019 Euro Beach Soccer League

The 2019 Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) is the 22nd edition of the Euro Beach Soccer League, the annual, premier competition in European beach soccer contested between men's national teams. It is organised by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), in a league and play-off format.

This season, the competing teams continue to take part in two divisions: the top tier (Division A) and the bottom tier (Division B). 12 teams continue to contest Division A; all twelve teams return from last season's top tier as none were relegated. Division B accommodates a record 16 nations: 14 nations who did not gain promotion from last season, Finland who make their debut, and the Netherlands who return after an absence from competing in recent years.

Due to the saturated 2019 international beach soccer calendar for European teams, this season has been shortened considerably compared to the usual program.[1][2] A total of just two stages of fixtures are scheduled during the regular season. Each team from Division A plays in just one stage (compared to the usual two) whilst each team in Division B also play in one. At each stage the participating nations earn points for the overall league tables.

At the end of the regular season, according to the league tables, the eight best teams in Division A advance to the post-season event, the Superfinal, to compete to become the winners of this year's EBSL. Meanwhile, the top seven teams in Division B (the four group winners and three best runners-up) and the team ranked bottom of Division A play in a different post-season event, the Promotion Final, to try to earn a spot in Division A next year.

Italy are the defending champions.

Calendar and locations[edit]

The calendar below was revealed on 18 March 2019.[3]

Similarly to the 2008 and 2015 editions, this season's regular season schedule has been truncated, down to just two stages, in order to accommodate the additional events taking up space in the international calendar,[1][2] including Division A teams competing in just one stage each, compared to the usual two stages.[4]

Phase Dates Country City Stage Divisions
Regular
season
5–7 July  Portugal Nazaré Stage 1 A B
16–18 August  Italy Catania Stage 2 A B
Post-season/
Finals
5–8 September  Portugal Figueira da Foz Superfinal A
Promotion Final B

Teams[edit]

  Competing in Division A
  Competing in Division B
  Competed in previous editions but not this year
  Never competed in the EBSL

The following 28 teams have entered this season, divided into divisions A and B as shown (12 in Division A, 16 in Division B).[3]

The numbers in parentheses show the European ranking of each team prior to the start of the season, out of 36 nations.[5]

Division A[edit]

Division B[edit]

Notes:
1. Teams making their debut

Stage 1 (Nazaré, 5–7 July)[edit]

Praia de Nazaré
Estádio do Viveiro

Matches are listed as local time in Nazaré, WEST (UTC+1)

All matches took place at the Estádio do Viveiro on Praia de Nazaré (Nazaré Beach),[6] in tandem with the hosting of the 2019 Women's Euro Beach Soccer Cup. The area has a capacity of 2,200.[7]

During this round, Georgia won their first ever matches in the EBSL,[8] ultimately leading to a first stage title (in either division), meanwhile Spain reached a milestone of winning their 25th stage title. Goalkeeper Valentin Jaeggy made his 300th appearance for Switzerland on day 3, marked with a commemorative jersey presented on-field by fellow players.[9]

Division A[edit]

Division B[edit]

Key:      Group winners
Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts
1  Georgia 3 2 0 0 1 12 10 +2 6
2  Bulgaria 3 2 0 0 1 12 8 +4 6
3  Norway 3 1 0 0 2 8 12 –4 3
4  Denmark 3 1 0 0 2 8 10 –2 3

Georgia & Bulgaria; Norway & Denmark are ranked based on their head-to-head results.



Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[9]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Spain
(Division A)
 Georgia
(Division B)
Switzerland Dejan Stankovic 8 goals Portugal Jordan Santos Spain Dona

Stage 2 (Catania, 16–18 August)[edit]

Matches are listed as local time in Catania, CEST (UTC+2)

All matches took place at the Arena Beach Stadium on the "Spiaggia libera numero 1" (Free beach number 1) section of Playa di Catania (Catania Beach),[10] with a capacity of approximately 2,000.[11]

Finland made their EBSL debut during this stage.[1]

Division A[edit]

Key:      Group winners / (H) Hosts
Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts
1  Italy (H) 3 2 0 1 0 13 9 +4 7
2  Belarus 3 2 0 0 1 9 5 +4 6
3  Germany 3 0 0 1 2 13 15 –2 1
4  France 3 0 0 0 3 11 17 –6 0


Division B[edit]

Group 3[edit]

Key:      Group winners
Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts
1  Hungary 3 2 1 0 0 14 8 +6 8
2  Estonia 3 2 0 0 1 17 14 +3 6
3  Lithuania 3 1 0 0 2 13 12 +1 3
4  Moldova 3 0 0 0 3 6 16 –10 0


Awards[edit]

The following were presented after the conclusion of the final day's matches. Individual awards apply to Division A only.[13]

Stage Winners trophy Top scorer(s) Best player Best goalkeeper
 Italy
(Division A)
 Greece
(Division B)
Germany Sven Körner 6 goals Italy Paolo Palmacci Belarus Valery Makarevich

League tables[edit]

At stage completion

Ranking & tie-breaking criteria:
Division A – 1. Points earned 2. Highest group placement 3. Goal difference 4. Goals scored / Division B – 1. Highest group placement 2. Points earned 3. Goal difference 4. Goals scored 5. Least yellow cards

Promotion Final (Figueira da Foz, 5–8 September)[edit]

The top seven teams from Division B and the team bottom of Division A, as per the end of regular season league tables, play in the Promotion Final; the winner earns a place in Division A next season.

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams in bold have qualified as Division B regular season group winners; those in italics qualified as the three best group runners-up.

The team in green will attempt to retain their position in Division A, having finished bottom of the regular season table.

Notes:
1. First appearance in Promotion Final
2. First appearance as defending Division A team in Promotion Final

Superfinal (Figueira da Foz, 5–8 September)[edit]

The winners of the Superfinal will be crowned 2019 EBSL champions.

No teams will make their debut in the Superfinal, however Turkey will make their first appearance in 17 years.

Qualified teams[edit]

The top eight teams from Division A, as per the end of regular season league table, have qualified for the Superfinal.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Euro Beach Soccer League 2019 is defined!". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The EBSL touches down in Nazaré". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Стали известны соперники сборной России на первом этапе Евролиги-2019". Beach Soccer Russia (in Russian). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Лихачёв: планирую максимально ротировать состав сборной России на Евролигу". Beach Soccer Russia (in Russian). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ "OVERALL WORLD RANKING - EUROPE". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Euro Beach Soccer League arranca na Nazaré" (in Portuguese). cm-nazare.pt. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Сборная Грузии по пляжному футболу одержала первую победу в истории" (in Russian). Beach Soccer Russia. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  8. ^ ""Тратим на Кубок европейских чемпионов € 200 тыс., но деньги остаются в Назаре"" (in Russian). Beach Soccer Russia. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Portugal, Spain and Georgia top first EBSL regular stage groups of 2019". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Pronti a tifare gli AZZURRI del Beach Soccer?". Catania Beach Soccer. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Arena Beach Stadium". Catania Beach Soccer. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  12. ^ "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Serbia will not participate at the EBSL Catania 2019". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Italy lift the trophy in Catania". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  14. ^ "2019 Euroleague; Division B; Stage 2; Cards". Beach Soccer Russia. Retrieved 18 August 2019.

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