Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

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Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations
2015 CAF Beach Soccer Championship (logo).png
Logo for the 2015 edition
Founded 2006
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 8 (finals)
20 (in qualifying)
Current champions  Madagascar
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Senegal
(3 titles)

The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (previously known as the CAF Beach Soccer Championship prior to 2016) is the main international championship for beach soccer in Africa, mirroring that of the Africa Cup of Nations in association football, aiming to crown the best nation on the continent. Also referred to as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for CAF, 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 forthcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.[1] Therefore since the Word Cup takes place every two years, so does the championship.

Africa was awarded two spots at the finals under FIFA's new changes to the organisation of the World Cup and hence the winners and runners-up of the championship 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 African nations, with countries often simply being invited to play in the finals, without competing for a regional title beforehand.

Organisation of the championship had previously all but been the responsibility of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW),[2] however, after minimal input in preceding editions, in 2015 CAF made a commitment to extensively increase their involvement in the organisation of the championship. This saw mass expansion, with CAF establishing a qualification phase taking place first to determine the elite eight nations to compete in the finals of the championship itself, as opposed to automatic entry as in the past, causing a surge in the number of teams participating.[3] This involvement lead to CAF referring to the tournament as the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations to which it was officially renamed for the 2016 event.[4]

Preparing for the 2017 edition, CAF announced that, since three major CAF competitions are held in odd years already, the tournament would be changing to be held in even years henceforth, starting with 2016.[5]

The most successful nation is Senegal, who have won the tournament three of the seven times, and have qualified for the World Cup five times.

Tournament results[edit]

Year Location Final Third place match
Champion Score Runner-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2006
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Cameroon
5 – 3
Nigeria

Egypt
8 – 3
Côte d'Ivoire
2007
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Nigeria
6 – 5
Senegal

Côte d'Ivoire
2 – 0
South Africa
2008
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Senegal
12 – 6
Cameroon

Côte d'Ivoire
6 – 3
Egypt
2009
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Nigeria
7 – 4
Côte d'Ivoire

Senegal
6 – 4
Egypt
2011
details
Morocco Casablanca, Morocco
Senegal
7 – 4
Nigeria

Egypt
4 – 4 aet
(1 – 0) pen

Madagascar
2013
details
Morocco El Jadida, Morocco
Senegal
4 – 1
Côte d'Ivoire

Morocco
7 – 2
Nigeria
2015
details
Seychelles Roche Caiman, Seychelles
Madagascar
1 – 1 aet
(2 – 1) pen

Senegal

Nigeria
9 – 1
Côte d'Ivoire
2016
details
Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria [5]

Successful nations[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
 Senegal 3 (2008, 2011, 2013) 2 (2007, 2015) 1 (2009) -
 Nigeria 2 (2007, 2009) 3 (2006, 2011) 1 (2015) 1 (2013)
 Cameroon 1 (2006) 1 (2008) - -
 Madagascar 1 (2015) - - 1 (2011)
 Côte d'Ivoire - 2 (2009, 2013) 2 (2007, 2008) 2 (2006, 2015)
 Egypt - - 2 (2006, 2011) 2 (2008, 2009)
 Morocco - - 1 (2013) -
 South Africa - - - 1 (2007)

Appearances[edit]

These are the nations who have qualified to appear in the CAF Beach Soccer Championship since 2006.

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • R1 – Group Stage (2007–present)
  • • – Did not quality
  • •• – Qualified but withdrew
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    – Hosts
2006
South Africa
(6)
2007
South Africa
(8)
2008
South Africa
(8)
2009
South Africa
(9)
2011
Morocco
(9)
2013
Morocco
(8)
2015
Seychelles
(8)
2016
Nigeria
(TBA)
Total
 Algeria R1 1
 Cameroon 1st R1 2nd 3
 Cape Verde 6th R1 1
 Ivory Coast 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd R1 2nd 4th 7
 Democratic Republic of the Congo •• 0
 Egypt 3rd 5th 4th 4th 3rd R1 6th 7
 Ghana R1 7th 2
 Libya R1 R1 R1 3
 Mauritius R1 1
 Madagascar 4th R1 1st 3
 Morocco 6th R1 R1 3rd 5th 5
 Mozambique R1 R1 R1 3
 Nigeria 2nd 1st R1 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 7
 Senegal 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 6
 Seychelles 8th 1
 South Africa 5th 4th R1 R1 R1 5

World Cup performance[edit]

The following is a performance timeline of the African nations who have qualified through progressing far enough in the championship to appear in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup since 2006 when qualifying rounds were introduced for all confederations.

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
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Total times
qualified
 Cameroon R1 R1 2
 Ivory Coast R1 R1 2
 Madagascar R1 1
 Nigeria R1 QF R1 QF 4
 Senegal QF R1 QF R1 R1 5

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 qualifiers to start in Brazil on 5 March". fifa.com. 3 March 2006. Archived from the original on May 13, 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Regulation FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2006" (PDF). fifa.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Regulations of the African Beach Soccer Championship" (PDF). cafonline.com. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Decisions of CAF Executive Committee on 6 August 2015". CAF. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "NFF constitutes LOC for 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations". goal.com. Retrieved 11 April 2016.