FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA) is a European beach soccer tournament to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

History[edit]

The tournament was introduced by FIFA as qualification event for the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Before 2008, the top teams from the Euro Beach Soccer League qualified for the World Cup but the new format gives more countries an opportunity to qualify. They are similar to the beach soccer championships in other confederations. Times when only four teams qualify is when the host nation of the World Cup has been European that year (with except of 2017). 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.[1]

Tournaments[edit]

For all tournaments, the top four teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, except for 2009, where the fifth-placed team also qualified.

Year Location Final Third place match Fifth place
Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2008 Spain Benidorm, Spain
Spain
4–3
Portugal

Russia
4–2
Italy
Not qualified
2009 Spain Castellón, Spain
Spain
4–4 (a.e.t.)

(13–12 p.)


Russia

Switzerland
8–6
Portugal

Italy
2011 Italy Bibione, Italy
Ukraine
4–2
Portugal

Russia
5–2
Switzerland
Not qualified
2013 Russia Moscow, Russia
Spain
5–3
Russia

Ukraine
3–0
Netherlands
Not qualified
2015 Italy Jesolo, Italy
Russia
6–5
Switzerland

Italy
5–4
Spain
Not qualified
2017 Italy Jesolo, Italy
Poland
6–3
Switzerland

Portugal
8–3
Italy
Not qualified

Successful nations[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total top four
 Spain 3 (2008, 2009, 2013) 1 (2015) 4
 Russia 1 (2015) 2 (2009, 2013) 2 (2008, 2011) 5
 Ukraine 1 (2011) 1 (2013) 2
 Poland 1 (2017) 1
 Portugal 2 (2008, 2011) 1 (2017) 1 (2009) 4
  Switzerland 2 (2015, 2017) 1 (2009) 1 (2011) 4
 Italy 1 (2015) 2 (2008, 2017) 3
 Netherlands 1 (2013) 1

Overall standings[edit]

As 2017

Pos Team Part Pld W WE WP L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Russia 6 43 34 1 0 8 233 108 +125 104
2  Spain 6 43 32 1 3 7 235 118 +117 101
3   Switzerland 6 39 28 2 0 9 242 128 +114 88
4  Ukraine 6 39 26 0 3 10 188 118 +70 81
5  Italy 6 36 25 1 3 7 185 121 +64 80
6  Portugal 5 33 25 0 1 7 213 89 +124 76
7  Poland 6 36 21 2 0 13 155 123 +22 67
8  France 5 33 17 0 3 13 156 138 +18 54
9  Azerbaijan 6 32 14 0 0 18 121 116 +5 42
10  Belarus 6 32 12 1 1 18 108 108 0 39
11  Hungary 6 35 11 1 3 20 132 157 -25 38
12  Czech Republic 6 25 11 0 0 14 93 130 -37 33
13  Romania 6 28 10 1 1 16 116 162 -46 33
14  Germany 6 28 10 1 0 17 93 100 -7 32
15  Netherlands 5 22 10 0 2 10 73 88 -15 32
16  Turkey 5 25 10 0 0 15 98 116 -18 30
17  Greece 6 31 8 1 0 22 113 143 -30 25
18  Estonia 6 26 7 0 1 18 83 108 -25 22
19  England 6 22 5 2 0 15 58 106 -48 19
20  Moldova 4 18 4 0 1 13 47 101 -54 13
21  Israel 3 11 3 0 0 8 37 48 -11 9
22  Austria 4 12 3 0 0 9 42 64 -22 9
23  Belgium 1 4 2 0 0 2 19 13 +9 6
24  Slovakia 3 9 2 0 0 7 26 61 -35 6
25  Norway 6 19 2 0 0 17 49 97 -48 6
26  Kazakhstan 2 6 1 0 0 5 11 33 -22 3
27  Lithuania 2 6 1 0 0 5 13 45 -32 3
28  Latvia 4 13 1 0 0 12 26 69 -43 3
29  Denmark 1 3 0 0 0 3 4 22 -18 0
30  Serbia 1 3 0 0 0 3 5 25 -20 0
31  Georgia 2 5 0 0 0 5 13 41 -28 0
32  Andorra 3 8 0 0 0 8 16 56 -40 0
33  Bulgaria 5 15 0 0 0 15 31 86 -55 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 UEFA 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
 France 1st 3rd 4th QF 4
 Italy R1 R1 2nd QF QF 4th q 7
 Netherlands R1 1
 Poland R1 q 2
 Portugal 2nd 4th QF 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st q 8
 Russia R1 QF QF 1st 1st 3rd 6
 Spain QF R1 QF 4th QF 2nd R1 7
  Switzerland 2nd R1 QF q 4
 Ukraine QF R1 R1 3
Notes
  1. ^ In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup were determined by the Euro Beach Soccer League:

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