AFC Beach Soccer Championship

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AFC Beach Soccer Championship
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Founded 2006; 11 years ago (2006)
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 15 (2015)
Current champions  Oman
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Japan
 United Arab Emirates
(2 titles)

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 organisation 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 are the United Arab Emirates and Japan, who have both won two of the seven tournaments. However Japan may be considered as the most successful of the two since they have qualified for the World Cup all seven years by at least reaching the final, whereas the United Arab Emirates have only qualified for the World Cup on three occasions.

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

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 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

Overall standings[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 Point / Lose L = 0 Points

World Cup performance[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
  • 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
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Total
 Bahrain QF R1 2
 Iran R1 R1 R1 R1 QF QF 6
 Japan 4th QF R1 R1 QF R1 QF QF 8
 Oman R1 R1 2
 Thailand R1 1
 United Arab Emirates R1 R1 R1 R1 4
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.

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