1997 Beach Soccer World Championship
|III Beach Soccer World Championships|
|Dates||January 14 – January 19|
|Teams||8 (from 4 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Brazil (3rd title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Goals scored||141 (8.81 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Júnior
|Best goalkeeper||Paulo Sérgio|
The 1997 Beach Soccer World Championship was the third edition of the Beach Soccer World Championships, the most prestigious competition in international beach soccer contested by men's national teams. It was organised by Brazilian sports agency Koch Tavares (one of the founding partners of Beach Soccer Worldwide), with the championships ultimately coming under the control of FIFA in 2005 and subsequently rebranded as the better known FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Hosts Brazil won the tournament for the third time in a row by beating Uruguay 5–2 in what was a repeat of the final in the previous edition. It was also the first and only time in the history of the tournament that no European nations finished in the top four.
The organisation remained the same as the format established during the championship's inception in 1995; the eight participating nations competed in two groups of four teams in a round robin format. The top two teams progressed straight to the semi-finals from which point on the championship was played as a knock-out tournament until a winner was crowned with an additional match to determine third place.
The capacity of the arena used for this edition of the World Championships was scaled down from the 12,000 seats available in the two previous events, to 7,000 for this year's tournament.
Africa and Oceania were unrepresented.
Asian Zone (1):
European Zone (3):
North American Zone (1):
South American Zone (2):
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||27||8||+19||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Uruguay||3||2||0||1||16||15||+1||6||Advance to knockout stage|
January 18, 1997
|Uruguay||4–4 (a.e.t.)||United States|
Third place play-off
January 19, 1997
|Júnior 6', 13'
Magal ?', 15'
|Report||3', 36' Ramos|
| 1997 Beach Soccer World Championship
|3||B||United States||5||3||0||2||21||16||+5||9||Third place|
|5||A||Italy||3||1||0||2||12||11||+1||3||Eliminated in the
- "Beach Soccer". kochtavares.com.br. 1 February 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2017.