CAF Beach Soccer Championship

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CAF Beach Soccer Championship
2015 CAF Beach Soccer Championship (logo).png
Logo for the 2015 edition
Founded 2006
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 19 (2015)
Current champions  Madagascar
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Senegal
(3 titles)

The CAF Beach Soccer Championship is the main international championship for beach soccer in Africa, mirroring that of the African Cup of Nations in association football. Also known 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 World Cup.

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 crown beforehand.

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.

Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so does the championship, which started with the qualifiers for the 2011 World Cup. In 2015, the tournament saw mass expansion in participation with separate qualifiers taking place to determine who would play in the Championship finals.

Tournaments[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

Egypt
4 – 4 aet
(1 – 0) pen

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

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

Senegal

Nigeria
9 – 1
Côte d'Ivoire
2017
details
Port Louis, Mauritius

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.

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)
2017
Mauritius
(8)
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 4th 5th 5
 Mozambique R1 R1 R1 3
 Nigeria 2nd 1st R1 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 7
 Senegal 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 6
 Seychelles 8th 1
 South Africa 5th 4th R1 R1 R1 5

World Cup qualifiers[edit]

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

Team Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Total
 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

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