AFC Beach Soccer Championship

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The AFC Beach Soccer Championship is the main championship for beach soccer in Asia. The first championship was held in 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as all following tournaments have been. The two finalists and the winner of the third place play-off qualify for the following FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The most successful nation is the United Arab Emirates and Japan, who have won the tournament two of the five times. However Japan may be considered as the most successful team, they have qualified for the World Cup each year by finishing in other qualifying positions, whereas the United Arab Emirates have only qualified for the World Cup when they have won the championship.
Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so will the qualifiers, starting with the qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Tournaments[edit]

Year Location Final Third Place Play-off
Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2005 Japan and Thailand selected to represent AFC, no qualifiers held
2006
details
Dubai, UAE
Bahrain
5–3
Japan

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

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

Iran
4–1
China
2009
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Dubai, UAE
Japan
4–2
Bahrain

Oman
1–1 aet
(2–1) pen

Iran
2011
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Muscat, Oman
Japan
2–1
Oman

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

Japan

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

Japan

Iran
8–3
Lebanon

Successful nations[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth Place Total
 Japan 2 (2009, 2011) 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015) - - 7
 United Arab Emirates 2 (2007, 2008) - 1 (2013) 1 (2011) 4
 Oman 1 (2015) 1 (2011) 1 (2009) - 3
 Bahrain 1 (2006) 1 (2009) - 1 (2007) 3
 Iran 1 (2013) - 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015) 1 (2009) 7
 China - - - 2 (2006, 2008) 2
 Australia - - - 1 (2013) 1
 Lebanon - - - 1 (2015) 1

After 2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship (from 2006 to 2015)

General Statistics[edit]

Team Part Pld W WE WP L GF GA Dif Pts
 Japan 7 32 23 0 1 8 153 87 +66 70
 Iran 7 32 20 1 1 10 165 91 +74 63
 United Arab Emirates 6 26 19 0 0 7 109 73 +36 57
 Oman 4 22 15 0 3 4 92 52 +40 48
 Bahrain 6 27 13 1 2 11 87 76 +11 43
 China 7 28 9 0 2 17 85 111 -26 29
 Uzbekistan 5 18 4 0 0 14 64 77 -13 12
 Lebanon 2 10 3 1 0 6 39 43 -4 11
 Australia 2 8 3 0 1 4 25 24 +1 10
 Palestine 1 5 2 1 0 2 24 20 +4 8
 Iraq 3 10 2 1 0 7 32 53 -21 8
 Afghanistan 1 5 2 0 0 3 16 21 -5 6
 Thailand 2 7 2 0 0 5 18 27 -9 6
 Kuwait 2 6 1 0 0 5 23 30 -7 3
 Laos 1 3 1 0 0 2 11 21 -10 3
 Saudi Arabia 1 5 1 0 0 4 13 26 -13 3
 Qatar 2 8 1 0 0 7 23 41 -18 3
 Vietnam 1 3 0 0 0 3 11 14 -3 0
 India 1 2 0 0 0 2 5 10 -5 0
 Indonesia 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 18 -12 0
 Syria 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 19 -13 0
 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 Points / Lose L = 0 Points

Nations who have qualified for the World Cup[edit]

These are the nations who have qualified to appear in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup since 2005, to represent Asia.

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R1 – Round 1 (group stage)
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    – Hosts
Team Brazil
2005
Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
Brazil
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
Total
 Bahrain QF R1 2
 Iran R1 R1 R1 R1 QF q 6
 Japan 4th QF R1 R1 QF R1 QF q 8
 Oman R1 q 2
 Thailand R1 1
 United Arab Emirates R1 R1 R1 R1 4

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