AFC Beach Soccer Championship

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AFC Beach Soccer Championship
AFCBeachSoccerChampionshipsLogo.png
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams15 (2019)
Qualifier forFIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Current champions Japan (3rd title)
Most successful team(s) Japan (3 titles)
Websiteafc.com
2019 AFC Beach Soccer Championship

The AFC Beach Soccer Championship is the main international championship for beach soccer in Asia, mirroring that of the AFC Asian Cup in association football. Also known as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for AFC, the championship was established in 2006 after FIFA made requirements for all confederations to begin holding a qualification tournament to determine the best national team(s) in the region and hence those who would proceed to represent their continent in the World Cup.

Asia was awarded three spots at the finals under FIFA's new changes to the organization of the World Cup and hence the winners, runners-up and winner of the third place play-off qualify to the succeeding World Cup finals. Before 2006, there was no consistent method of qualification or number of spots at the World Cup for Asian nations, with countries often simply being invited to play in the finals, without competing for a regional crown beforehand.

The most successful nations is Japan, who have all won three of the nine tournaments. Japan also qualified for the World Cup all tenth years by never missing top three .

Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so does the championship, which started with the qualifiers for the 2011 World Cup.

Tournaments[edit]

For all tournaments, the top three teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, except for 2009, where only the top two teams qualified as one of the AFC spots were given to the World Cup hosts United Arab Emirates.

Year Location Final Third Place Play-off
Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2006
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bahrain
5–3
Japan

Iran
6–4
China
2007
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4–3
Japan

Iran
6–0
Bahrain
2008
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4–3
Japan

Iran
4–1
China
2009[1]
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai United Arab Emirates
Japan
4–2
Bahrain

Oman
1–1 aet
(2–1) pen

Iran
2011
details
Oman Muscat, Oman
Japan
2–1
Oman

Iran
6–2
United Arab Emirates
2013
details
Qatar Doha, Qatar
Iran
6–6 aet
(5–4) pen

Japan

United Arab Emirates
3–2
Australia
2015
details
Qatar Doha, Qatar
Oman
1–1 aet
(3–2) pen

Japan

Iran
8–3
Lebanon
2017
details
Malaysia Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Iran
7–2
United Arab Emirates

Japan
6–3
Lebanon
2019
details
Thailand Pattaya, Thailand
Japan
2–2 aet
(3–1) pen

United Arab Emirates

Oman
2–2 aet
(2–1) pen

Palestine

Notes:

1 ^ Qualifying automatically as World Cup hosts, reigning champions, the United Arab Emirates, did not take part in the championship.

Successful nations[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth Place Top 4
 Japan 3 (2009, 2011, 2019) 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015) 1 (2017) - 9
 United Arab Emirates 2 (2007*, 2008*) 2 (2017, 2019) 1 (2013) 1 (2011) 6
 Iran 2 (2013, 2017) - 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015) 1 (2009) 8
 Oman 1 (2015) 1 (2011*) 2 (2009, 2019) - 4
 Bahrain 1 (2006) 1 (2009) - 1 (2007) 3
 China - - - 2 (2006, 2008) 2
 Lebanon - - - 2 (2015, 2017) 2
 Australia - - - 1 (2013) 1
 Palestine - - - 1 (2019) 1
* = Hosts

Overall Standings[edit]

As 2017

Rank Team Part Pld W WE WP L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Iran 8 38 26 1 1 10 215 102 +113 81
2  Japan 8 37 26 0 1 10 194 105 +89 79
3  United Arab Emirates 7 31 22 0 1 8 134 89 +45 67
4  Bahrain 7 31 16 1 2 12 106 90 +16 52
5  Oman 5 24 16 0 3 5 98 58 +40 51
6  China 8 32 9 0 2 21 88 135 -47 29
7  Lebanon 3 14 5 1 0 8 51 46 +5 17
8  Afghanistan 2 9 4 0 0 5 33 38 -5 12
9  Uzbekistan 5 18 4 0 0 14 64 77 -13 12
10  Australia 2 8 3 0 1 4 25 24 +1 10
11  Iraq 4 13 2 1 1 9 36 72 -36 9
12  Palestine 1 5 2 1 0 2 24 20 +4 8
13  Thailand 3 9 2 0 0 7 21 36 -15 6
14  Kuwait 2 6 1 0 0 5 23 30 -7 3
15  Laos 1 3 1 0 0 2 11 21 -10 3
16  Saudi Arabia 1 5 1 0 0 4 13 26 -13 3
17  Malaysia 1 4 1 0 0 3 10 26 -16 3
18  Qatar 3 11 1 0 0 10 26 65 -39 3
19  Vietnam 1 3 0 0 0 3 11 14 -3 0
20  India 1 2 0 0 0 2 5 10 -5 0
21  Indonesia 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 18 -12 0
22  Syria 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 19 -13 0
23  Philippines 3 9 0 0 0 9 13 90 -77 0

Note: Win in Common Time W = 3 Points / Win in Extra Time WE = 2 Points / Win in Penalty shoot-out WP = 1 Point / Lose L = 0 Points

Appearances[edit]

These are the nations who have appeared in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship since 2006.

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th-8th – Fifth to Eighth place
  • 9th-12th – Ninth to Twelfth place
  • 13th-16th – Thirteenth to Sixteenth place
  • × – Did not enter
  • × – Entered but withdrew
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    – Hosts
2006
United Arab Emirates
(6)
2007
United Arab Emirates
(6)
2008
United Arab Emirates
(6)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(7)
2011
Oman
(11)
2013
Qatar
(16)
2015
Qatar
(14)
2017
Malaysia
(12)
2019
Thailand
(15)
Years
 Afghanistan × × × × × 11th × 6th q 3
 Australia × × × 5th × 4th × × × 2
 Bahrain 1st 4th × 2nd 6th 9th 7th 5th q 8
 China 4th 5th 4th 7th 5th 7th 6th 12th q 9
 India × 6th × × × × × × × 1
 Indonesia × × × × 11th × × × × 1
 Iran 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 3rd 1st q 9
 Iraq × × × × 9th 10th 12th 9th q 5
 Japan 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd q 9
 Kuwait × × × × 10th × 9th × q 3
 Kyrgyzstan × × × × × × × × q 1
 Laos × × × × × × 10th × × 1
 Lebanon × × × × × 8th 4th 4th q 4
 Malaysia × × × × × × × 8th q 2
 Oman × × × 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 7th q 6
 Palestine × × × × × 6th × × q 2
 Philippines 6th × 6th × × 16th × × × 3
 Qatar × × × × × 15th 14th 11th q 4
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × 12th × × × 1
 Syria × × × × 8th × × × × 1
 Thailand × × × × × 13th 13th 10th q 4
 United Arab Emirates 5th 1st 1st × 4th 3rd 5th 2nd q 8
 Uzbekistan × × 5th 6th 7th 14th 8th × × 5
 Vietnam × × × × × × 11th × × 1
Total (24 Teams) 6 6 6 7 11 16 14 12 15 -

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Year Player
2006 - 2009 Not Awarded
2011 Oman Yahya Al-Araimi
2013 Japan Moreira Ozu
2015 Japan Moreira Ozu
2017 Iran Mohammadali Mokhtari

Top Scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
2006 - 2009 Not Awarded -
2011 Japan Takeshi Kawaharazuka
Oman Ishaq Al-Masl
8
2013 Iran Moslem Mesigar 11
2015 Japan Takasuke Goto 8
2017 Iran Mohammadali Mokhtari 12

Best Goalkeeper[edit]

Year Player
2006 - 2009 Not Awarded
2011 Japan Shingo Terukina
2013 Australia Simon Jaeger
2015 Iran Peiman Hosseini
2017 Not Awarded

Fair Play[edit]

Year Player
2006 - 2015 Not Awarded
2017  Iran

Performance of qualifiers at the World Cup[edit]

The following is a performance timeline of the AFC teams who have appeared in the Beach Soccer World Cup since being sanctioned by FIFA in 2005.

Legend
Team \ Years Brazil
2005[†]
Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Paraguay
2019
Total
 Bahrain QF R1 2
 Iran R1 R1 R1 R1 QF QF 3rd 7
 Japan 4th QF R1 R1 QF R1 QF QF R1 q 10
 Oman R1 R1 q 3
 Thailand R1 1
 United Arab Emirates R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 q 6
Total no. of unique qualifiers 6
Notes
  1. ^ In 2005, no AFC qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup were held and Japan and Thailand were selected to represent AFC.

External links[edit]