FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Founded1995;24 years ago (1995)
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams16 (finals)
83 (2017 qualification)
Current championsFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
(14th title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
(14 titles)
Website FIFA
Soccerball current event.svg 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is an international beach soccer competition contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA, the sport's global governing body.

Beach soccer football played in beach

Beach Soccer, also known as beach football, sand football or beasal, is a variant of association football played on a beach or some form of sand.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

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The tournament was established in 1995 as the Beach Soccer World Championship, taking place every year for the next decade under the supervision of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) and its predecessors. Due to the sport's rapid growth, FIFA took an interest in the sport, and as the main tournament in world beach soccer, it joined hands with BSWW in 2005 to take over the organization of the competition, re-branding it as an official FIFA tournament. Since 2009, the tournament has taken place every two years to allow continental tournaments to flourish without the burden of the World Cup qualifiers crowding the schedule every 12 months. The growing global popularity of beach soccer resulted in FIFA's decision to move the stage of the World Cup from its native home in Brazil to other parts of the globe to capitalise on and continue to stimulate global interest. The first edition held outside Brazil was in 2008 in Marseille, France.

Beach Soccer Worldwide

Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) is the organisation responsible for the founding and growth of association football's derivative sport of beach soccer. The founding partners of BSWW codified the rules of beach soccer in 1992, with BSWW as it is known today having been officially founded in 2001 as a singular institution to develop the sport and organise international beach soccer competitions across the globe, primarily between national teams. The company is recognised as playing the biggest role in helping to establish the rules of beach soccer, to spread and evolve the sport around the world as cited by FIFA who took on governing body status of the sport from BSWW in 2005. Having established the sport's key regulations, FIFA acknowledged BSWW's framework, making their rules the official laws of beach soccer and now controls them and any modifications.

2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2008 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the fourth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, governed by FIFA. Previous editions before 2005 were not governed by FIFA and were held under the title Beach Soccer World Championships. Overall, this was the fourteenth edition of the World Cup since its establishment in 1995. It took place in Marseille, France, in the Plages du Prado. It was the first tournament to take place outside Brazil, from 17–27 July 2008. The winners of the tournament were Brazil, who won their third consecutive FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup title and their twelfth title overall.

Marseille Second-largest city of France and prefecture of Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur

Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris. The main city of the historical province of Provence, it is the prefecture of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is located on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Rhône. The city covers an area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi) and had a population of 869,815 in 2016. Its metropolitan area, which extends over 3,173 km2 (1,225 sq mi) is the third-largest in France after those of Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,831,500 as of 2010.

The current tournament format lasts over approximately 10 days and involves 16 teams initially competing in four groups of four teams. The group winners and runners-up advance to a series of knock-out stages until the champion is crowned. The losing semi-finalists play each other in a play-off match to determine the third and fourth-placed teams.

The most recent edition was held in Nassau, Bahamas, and crowned Brazil as champions for the fourteenth time – after defeating Tahiti 6–0 in the final.

2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the premier international beach soccer championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. Previous editions before 2005 were not governed by FIFA and were held under the title Beach Soccer World Championships. Overall this was the 19th edition of the World Cup since its establishment in 1995. This was the fourth tournament to take place under the biennial basis; the World Cup now takes place once every two years, after taking place on a yearly basis between 1995 and 2009.

Nassau, Bahamas Largest city and capital of the Bahamas

Nassau is the capital and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has an estimated population of 274,400 as of 2016, just over 70% of the population of the country (≈391,000). Lynden Pindling International Airport, the major airport for the Bahamas, is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Nassau city centre, and has daily flights to major cities in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States. The city is located on the island of New Providence, which functions much like a business district. Nassau is the site of the House of Assembly and various judicial departments and was considered historically to be a stronghold of pirates. The city was named in honour of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau.

The Brazil national beach soccer team represents Brazil in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the CBF, the governing body for football in Brazil. Portugal, Russia and Spain are the only squads to have eliminated Brazil out of the World Cup. Brazil are ranked 1st in the BSWW World Rankings. They are, alongside Portugal, the only team to have won the world title before and after FIFA assumed the government of beach soccer worldwide.

History

Foundation

The first Beach Soccer World Cup was held in Brazil, in 1995, organised by the precursors to the modern-day founders of the standardised rules, Beach Soccer Worldwide, held under the title Beach Soccer World Championship. Eight teams were selected to take part, without going through a qualification process. However Brazil, the hosts, dominated and easily won the cup without losing a game. The tournament was successful and BSWW announced that the competition would take place every year.

Growth worldwide

By 1997, more teams had already stated their interest in participating and therefore BSWW extended their selection to 10 teams for 1998. Brazil continued to dominate, despite this change. Immediately, BSWW extended to 12 teams for 1999, spreading their selection across five continents, introducing more new teams to the tournament. However, with all these changes it still took until the 2001 World Cup for Brazil to lose the title after winning the competition six years on the run since the establishment. It was Portugal who won the tournament, with Brazil finishing in a disappointing fourth place.

Brazil national beach soccer team: 14 times winners Israel v Brazil 5.jpg
Brazil national beach soccer team: 14 times winners

With this change of champions, more countries thought there was a chance for themselves to win the tournament and this sparked more interest worldwide. Not surprisingly, Brazil reclaimed their title in 2002, when BSWW reduced the number of contestants back to eight. The last Beach Soccer World Championship to be organised purely by BSWW was in 2004 when twelve teams played, seven from Europe.

FIFA Era

In 2005, FIFA paired up with BSWW to co-organise the World Cup, although FIFA seem to have the most control. They kept the tradition of holding the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and continued to allow 12 teams to participate, following on from the 2004 competition. It was Eric Cantona's France that won the competition, after beating Portugal on penalties in the final. The tournament was deemed a major success and therefore FIFA took advantage. For the 2006 competition and beyond, FIFA decided to standardise the participants to 16 countries. It was then that the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifiers were also established, that would take place throughout the year. Again this decision was a successful one and more countries became interested in a now standard FIFA competition.

Rio de Janeiro Capital of state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

Eric Cantona French actor and association football player

Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona is a French actor and former professional footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles. He won the league championship in seven of his last eight full seasons as a professional. At international level, he played for the France national team.

The France national beach soccer team represents France in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the FFF, the governing body for football in France.

A scene from the 2007 event in Brazil 2007 Beach Soccer World Cup.jpg
A scene from the 2007 event in Brazil

Extending the World Cup

By the end of the 2007 World Cup, the tournament had become very popular throughout the world, with the FIFA board taking over the competition, driving more countries to recognize beach soccer as a major sport. Since the World Cup had become a success worldwide, FIFA decided to have a change of venue. It was voted, to extend the sport's popularity, the 2008 World Cup would take place in Marseille, France, and the 2009 World Cup would take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. These tournaments would be the first to take place outside Brazil. The 2008 competition was once again a major success, despite being held in a different country. This was the first time that Brazil would have to qualify for the tournament, since they weren't the hosts. However Brazil won the qualifiers and the World Cup in July. The 2009 World Cup in Dubai was an even bigger success, as the second competition outside Brazil and the Beach Soccer World Cup's 15th birthday, Brazil continued their dominance.[ citation needed ]

Dubai Metropolis in United Arab Emirates

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.

United Arab Emirates Country in Western Asia

The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south and west, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. The sovereign constitutional monarchy is a federation of seven emirates consisting of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. Their boundaries are complex, with numerous enclaves within the various emirates. Each emirate is governed by a ruler; together, they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the rulers serves as the President of the United Arab Emirates. In 2013, the UAE's population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates.

Two year basis

Just before the final of the 2009 World Cup, FIFA announced that a new format would see the World Cup now take place every two years, starting from the 2011 World Cup. FIFA justified the decision by stating that they wanted Confederations to have more time to develop the sport, therefore allowing a year in between World Cups for Confederations to organise their own local tournaments. This was a mutual decision between Confederations and FIFA. [1] In March 2010 FIFA confirmed that the 2011 World Cup would take place in Italy and the 2013 World Cup would take place in Tahiti. [2]

Qualification

Pre-2006

From 1995 until 2005 there was no standard qualification system for nations to go through to earn a place at the World Cup finals. The process in which teams gained entry into the finals was inconsistent from one year to the next throughout the confederations, often down to a simple invite to participate in the finals from BSWW, or potentially qualification by reaching the latter stages in a premier regional tournament with no prior ties with the World Cup, or perhaps by performing well in the previous World Cup.

During this period, nations from Africa, Asia and sometimes North America were the usual recipients of invitations, due to a lack of regional tournaments for BSWW to determine who was best in said region and worthy to play in the finals. Typically, European nations qualified by doing well in the Euro Beach Soccer League and South American nations in the Americas' League, sometimes jointly with North American nations who also qualified along with them in such circumstances. It was still common for other 'wild-card' European and South American nations to receive invites despite not performing well continentally. However, during the early years of the championships, invitation was the common form of eligibility for all nations.

2006 onwards

Following the success of the inaugural FIFA tournament in 2005, the number of teams at the finals was increased by FIFA to a record 16 and so the governing body along with BSWW met with individual confederations to set up a standard qualifying process for each world cup, by establishing regional championships for each continent. The winners of these championships would be crowned the best team in the region, promoting regional competitiveness, and most importantly act as a consistent method of qualification to the World Cup for the best teams of each confederation. This would also help increase the sport's awareness across all corners of the globe and make sure all confederations were represented at the finals at every following World Cup, unlike in the past.

Besides Europe, who continued to use the Euro Beach Soccer League as the method of World Cup qualification until 2008, all other confederations hosted their first championships in 2006 in view of the finals later that year.

Attendance

The allocation of World Cup spots and hence how many teams qualify from their regional championship to the World Cup was decided by FIFA in 2006 as follows:

ConfederationContinentQualifying tournamentAmount of qualifying nationsParticipating teams in qualification rounds
200620072008200920112013201520172019
UEFA Europe FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA) 5 teams17 1 22 1 24262724242820
CONMEBOL South America FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL) 3 teams637899101010
AFC Asia AFC Beach Soccer Championship 3 teams66671116151415
CAF Africa Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations 2 teams688998201513
CONCACAF North, Central America and the Caribbean CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship 2 teams5446810161616
OFC Oceania OFC Beach Soccer Championship 1 team444335
Total16 teams444749506770858379

^ As part of the Euro Beach Soccer League

The host country's confederation loses one qualification spot. I.e. since the 2015 World Cup was held in Portugal, they automatically qualified taking up one of the five European spots. Therefore, in the 2015 UEFA qualifiers, only four teams qualified from the championships to join the hosts making the total of five European nations.

As shown in the table, attendance of nations in qualification tournaments generally continues to rise year on year; the total global number of participants has nearly doubled since 2006.

Despite being the premier tournament in most regions, since the primary objective is to qualify to the World Cup, on a rare occasion teams have not participated due to qualifying to the finals automatically as hosts such as Brazil deferring from the 2007 CONMBEBOL Beach Soccer Championship and Tahiti in the 2013 OFC Beach Soccer Championship.

Results

Beach Soccer World Championship

#YearLocation(s)ChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth placeNo. of
teams
Best playerTop goalscorer(s)Best
goalkeeper
Goals
(match avg.)
11995
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
8 Zico (BRA)
Júnior (BRA)
Zico (BRA)
Altobelli (ITA)
12 goalsPaulo Sérgio
(BRA)
149 (9.3)
21996
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
8 Edinho
(BRA)
Altobelli (ITA)14 goalsPaulo Sérgio
(BRA)
131 (8.2)
31997
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
8 Júnior
(BRA)
Júnior (BRA)
Ramos (URU)
11 goalsPaulo Sérgio
(BRA)
144 (9.0)
41998
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
10 Júnior
(BRA)
Júnior (BRA)14 goalsPaulo Sérgio
(BRA)
218 (9.1)
51999
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
12 Jorginho
(BRA)
Júnior (BRA)
Matosas (URU)
10 goalsPedro Crespo
(POR)
174 (8.7)
62000
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
12 Júnior
(BRA)
Júnior (BRA)13 goalsEichi Kato
(JPN)
172 (8.6)
72001
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Costa do Sauípe, Bahia, Brazil Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
12 Hernâni
(POR)
Alan (POR)10 goals Pascal Olmeta
(FRA)
144 (7.2)
82002
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Flag of Brazil.svg Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of Thailand.svg
Thailand
8Neném
(BRA)
Neném (BRA)
Madjer (POR)
Nico (URU)
9 goalsVilarb Nomcharoen
(THA)
145 (9.1)
92003
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of France.svg
France
8 Amarelle
(ESP)
Neném (BRA)15 goalsRobertinho
(BRA)
150 (9.4)
102004
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Italy
12 Jorginho
(BRA)
Madjer (POR)12 goalsRoberto Valeiro
(ESP)
155 (7.8)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

#YearLocation(s)ChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth placeNo. of
teams
Best playerTop goalscorer(s)Best
goalkeeper
Goals
(match avg.)
11 (1)2005
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
12 Madjer
(POR)
Madjer (POR)12 goalsNot awarded164 (8.2)
12 (2)2006
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
16 Madjer
(POR)
Madjer (POR)21 goalsNot awarded286 (8.9)
13 (3)2007
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of France.svg
France
16 Buru
(BRA)
Buru (BRA)10 goalsNot awarded261 (8.2)
14 (4)2008
Details
Flag of France.svg Plages du Prado, Marseille, France Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
16 Amarelle
(ESP)
Madjer (POR)13 goalsRoberto Valeiro
(ESP)
258 (8.3)
15 (5)2009
Details
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
16 Dejan Stankovic
(SUI)
Dejan Stankovic (SUI)16 goalsMão
(BRA)
269 (8.7)
16 (6)2011
Details
Flag of Italy.svg Marina di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
16 Ilya Leonov
(RUS)
André (BRA)14 goals Andrey Bukhlitskiy (RUS)269 (8.4)
17 (7)2013
Details
Flag of French Polynesia.svg Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
16 Bruno Xavier
(BRA)
Dmitry Shishin (RUS)11 goalsDona
(ESP)
243 (7.6)
18 (8)2015
Details
Flag of Portugal.svg Praia da Baía, Espinho, Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
16Heimanu Taiarui
(TAH)
Pedro Moran (PAR)
Madjer (POR)
Noel Ott (SUI)
8 goalsJonathan Torohia
(TAH)
257 (8.0)
19 (9)2017
Details
Flag of the Bahamas.svg Malcolm Park, Nassau, The Bahamas Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
16Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (IRN)Gabriele Gori
(ITA)
17 goals Peyman Hosseini
(IRN)
266 (8.3)
20 (10)2019
Details
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguayan Olympic Committee Park, Asunción, Paraguay 16
21 (11)2021
Details
TBC Oct 2019 (Flag of Chile.svg  Chile, Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador or Flag of Russia.svg  Russia) [3] 16

Note: In the # column, the number in parentheses is the FIFA edition; number outside parentheses is the overall edition.

Results by team

Brazil are by far the most successful nation, with 14 titles. However their hold on the title has become less apparent since the tournament came under the control of FIFA and moved outside of Rio. They are followed by Russia (2011 and 2013) and Portugal (2001 and 2015) with two wins, and France with one title (2005). France won the first FIFA-sanctioned tournament in 2005. Brazil and Portugal are the only teams to win the world championship before and after FIFA started sanctioning the sport.

Overall 18 of the 45 nations who have ever competed have made a top four finish. Brazil remained the only nation to finish in the final four every championship until 2015 when they finished in fifth place. Of those 18 nations, only 7 have made a top four finish before and after FIFA started sanctioning the World Cup.

NationTitlesRunners-upThird placeFourth place
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 14 (1995*, 1996*, 1997*, 1998*, 1999*, 2000*, 2002*, 2003*, 2004*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2017)1 (2011)2 (2005*, 2013)1 (2001*)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2 (2001, 2015*)3 (1999, 2002, 2005)5 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011)1 (2006)
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2 (2011, 2013)1 (2015)
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (2005)2 (1998, 2001)1 (2006)2 (2003, 2007)
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 3 (1996, 1997, 2006)4 (1998, 1999, 2002, 2007)1 (2009)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3 (2003, 2004, 2013)1 (2000)1 (2008)
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 2 (2015, 2017)1 (2013*)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1 (2008)1 (1996)4 (1995, 2004, 2015, 2017)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1 (1995)1 (1997)1 (1996)
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 1 (2000)2 (1998, 1999)
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1 (2009)
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1 (2007)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1 (2001)1 (1997)
Flag of England.svg  England 1 (1995)
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1 (2017)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2 (2000, 2005)
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 1 (2011)
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1 (2002)
Key
Bold Years = FIFA tournaments
* = Hosts

Results by confederation

Total times teams played by confederation
AFC CAF CONCACAF CONMEBOL OFC UEFA Total
Teams321829631086238
Top 81451549366152
Top 44053133376
Top 20021921538
1st000140519
2nd002521019
3rd101701019
4th30251819

Tournament appearances

Since the tournament's establishment in 1995, as of the 2015 World Cup, 45 countries have participated over the 19 competitions. However, only one country has participated in all World Cups, which is Brazil. European teams have dominated in appearances by continent, since 14 of the 45 countries have been from Europe, at least double than that of any other.

Before qualification began, many of the same nations were invited back year on year. This meant that once qualification was introduced in 2006, giving all nations in that confederation a chance to earn a berth at the finals, there was an initial influx of new nations making their debut, including African teams whose continent had only been represented by one nation before and Oceanian countries who had never had their continent been represented previously.

Only 8 of the 45 countries have failed to appear in a FIFA controlled World Cup. Peru (5) have appeared in the most competitions without any one of those being under FIFA's control. Meanwhile, Iran (7) have appeared in the most FIFA sanctioned tournaments without having ever appeared in the old World Championships before 2005.

All-time tables

As of 2017

Key
Appearances Apps / Win in Normal Time W = 3 Points / Win in Extra Time W+ = 2 Points / Win in Penalty shoot-out WP = 1 Point / Loss L = 0 Points
Notes

Overall table (1995 to present)

This table shows the overall statistics of all 19 World Cups that have occurred since 1995, combining the results of both the original Beach Soccer World Championships era and the current FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup era.

PosTeamAppsPldWW+WPLGFGADifPtsAv. Pts
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1910192036748274+4742792.76
2Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1678484323418266+1521551.99
3Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1456291026219205+14891.59
4Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1563263430256249+7881.4
5Flag of France.svg  France 1250230423212221–9731.46
6Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1657230133167211–44701.23
7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1762221435240282–42681.1
8Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 73220201014697+49642
9Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1344180026148198–50541.23
10Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1344111230148221–73370.84
11Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 4211012884840341.62
12Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 521110098178+3331.57
13Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 520100199394–1311.55
14Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 6218121010786+21281.33
15Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 7266111895115–20210.81
16Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 51751298091–11191.12
17Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 519502125077–27170.89
18Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 416410114981–32140.88
19Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 31040064443+1121.2
20Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 5154001155105–50120.8
21Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 515301115162–11100.67
22Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 31030163463–29101
23Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 3930063228+491
24Flag of England.svg  England 1520032031–1161.2
25Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 2710152138–1740.57
26Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2710151634–1840.57
27Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2610052442–1830.5
28Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1310021016–631
29Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 131002714–731
30Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 2610051826–830.5
31Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1410031422–830.75
32Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 2610052637–1130.5
33Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 3810072233–1130.38
34Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4910082256–3430.33
35Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2600151235–2310.17
36Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2600151342–2910.17
37Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 12000215–400
38Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 130003712–500
39Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 12000228–600
40Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 120002413–900
41Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 130003414–1000
42Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 120002518–1300
43Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 130003622–1600
44Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 260006831–2300
45Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 240004629–2300
46Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 10000000000

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup era (2005 onward)

This table shows the overall statistics of all 9 World Cups that have occurred since 2005, of the current FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup era only.

PosTeamAppsPldWW+WPLGFGADifPtsAv. Pts
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 95144034326151+1751352.65
2Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 843253312241147+94841.95
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 6291920813987+52612.1
4Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 72915001411097+13451.55
5Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 8271301138589–4401.48
6Flag of France.svg  France 421120369767+30391.86
7Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 52410211110194+7351.46
8Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 4211012884840341.62
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 72610131211299+13311.19
10Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 6218121010786+21281.33
11Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 41790178477+7281.65
12Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 93081120108143–35270.9
13Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 7266111895115–20210.81
14Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 51751298091–11191.12
15Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 519502125077–27170.89
16Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 416410114981–32140.88
17Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 31040064443+1121.2
18Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 5154001155105–50120.8
19Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 515301115162–11100.67
20Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 3930063228+491
21Flag of the United States.svg  United States 41130083660–2490.82
22Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1410121226–1441
23Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 2710152138–1740.57
24Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 131002714–731
25Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 2610051826–830.5
26Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 2610052637–1130.5
27Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2610052442–1830.5
28Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 130012612–610.33
29Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2600151235–2310.17
30Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 130003712–500
31Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 12000228–600
32Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 130003817–900
33Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 130003414–1000
34Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 120002313–1000
35Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 120002415–1100
36Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 130003622–1600
37Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 260006831–2300

Beach Soccer World Championships era (1995–2004)

This table shows the overall statistics of all 10 World Cups that occurred between 1995 and 2004, of the now defunct Beach Soccer World Championships era only.

PosTeamAppsPldWW+WPLGFGADifPtsAv. Pts
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 105048002422123+2991442.88
2Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 835231011177119+58712.03
3Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 10391613191551550531.36
4Flag of the United States.svg  United States 933150018112138–26451.36
5Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 727141012109108+1441.63
6Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1036120123128183–55371.03
7Flag of France.svg  France 829110117115154–39341.17
8Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 521110098178+3331.57
9Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 83010002082122–40301
10Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 414301104078–38100.71
11Flag of England.svg  England 1520032031–1161.2
12Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2620042237–1561
13Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1510131321–840.8
14Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 2510041416–230.6
15Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 131002710–331
16Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1310021016–631
17Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1410031422–830.75
18Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 131002917–831
19Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4910082256–3430.33
20Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 12000215–400
21Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 120002413–900
22Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 120002214–1200
23Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 120002518–1300
24Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 130003730–2300

Awards (FIFA era)

The following documents the winners of the awards presented during the FIFA era of the World Cup. During the Beach Soccer World Championships era, only three awards were presented – to the top scorer, best player and best goalkeeper.

When FIFA acquired the tournament in 2005, the awards were expanded to honour the top three players in each of the existing categories (bar the best goalkeeper which remained a solo award) as well as recognition to the team with the most fair play points as standard in other FIFA competitions. Overall, eight awards are now presented.

Golden Ball

The adidas Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament. It is selected by the media poll.

World CupGolden BallSilver BallBronze BallRef(s)
2005 Brazil Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer Flag of Brazil.svg Neném Flag of Spain.svg Amarelle [5]
2006 Brazil Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer Flag of Brazil.svg Benjamin Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno [6]
2007 Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Buru Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer Flag of Mexico.svg Morgan Plata [7]
2008 France Flag of Spain.svg Amarelle Flag of Brazil.svg Benjamin Flag of Portugal.svg Belchior [8]
2009 United Arab Emirates Flag of Switzerland.svg Dejan Stankovic Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer Flag of Brazil.svg Benjamin [9]
2011 Italy Flag of Russia.svg Ilya Leonov Flag of Brazil.svg André Flag of El Salvador.svg Frank Velasquez [10]
2013 Tahiti Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Xavier Flag of Japan.svg Ozu Moreira Flag of French Polynesia.svg Raimana Li Fung Kuee [11]
2015 Portugal Flag of French Polynesia.svg Heimanu Philippe Taiarui Flag of Portugal.svg Alan Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer [12]
2017 Bahamas Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Flag of Brazil.svg Mauricinho Flag of Brazil.svg Datinha [13]
2019 Paraguay

Golden Shoe

The adidas Golden Shoe is awarded to the topscorer of the tournament. If more than one players are equal by same goals, the players will be selected based by the most assists during the tournament.

World CupGolden ShoeGoalsSilver ShoeGoalsBronze ShoeGoalsRef(s)
2005 Brazil Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer 12 Flag of Brazil.svg Neném9 Flag of France.svg Anthony Mendy8 [5]
2006 Brazil Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer 21 Flag of Brazil.svg Benjamin 12 Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno 10 [6]
2007 Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Buru 10 Flag of Mexico.svg Morgan Plata9 Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno 8 [7]
2008 France Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer 13 Flag of Spain.svg Amarelle 11 Flag of Portugal.svg Belchior 10 [8]
2009 United Arab Emirates Flag of Switzerland.svg Dejan Stankovic 16 Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer 11 Flag of Brazil.svg Buru 10 [9]
2011 Italy Flag of Brazil.svg André14 Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer 12 Flag of El Salvador.svg Frank Velásquez 9 [10]
2013 Tahiti Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Shishin 11 Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Xavier10 Flag of El Salvador.svg Agustín Ruiz7 [11]
2015 Portugal Flag of Paraguay.svg Pedro Moran8 Flag of Portugal.svg Madjer 8 Flag of Switzerland.svg Noel Ott8 [12]
2017 Bahamas Flag of Italy.svg Gabriele Gori17 Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo9 Flag of Iran.svg Mohammad Ahmadzadeh9 [13]
2019 Paraguay

Golden Glove

The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

World CupGolden GloveRef(s)
2008 France Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Valeiro [8]
2009 United Arab Emirates Flag of Brazil.svg Mão [9]
2011 Italy Flag of Russia.svg Andrey Bukhlitskiy [10]
2013 Tahiti Flag of Spain.svg Dona [11]
2015 Portugal Flag of French Polynesia.svg Jonathan Torohia [12]
2017 Bahamas Flag of Iran.svg Peyman Hosseini [13]
2019 Paraguay

FIFA Fair Play Award

FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team who has the best fair play record during the tournament with the criteria set by FIFA Fair Play Committee.

TournamentFIFA Fair Play AwardRef(s)
2005 Brazil Flag of Japan.svg Japan [5]
2006 Brazil Flag of France.svg France [6]
2007 Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil [7]
2008 France Flag of Russia.svg Russia [8]
2009 United Arab Emirates Flag of Japan.svg Japan & Flag of Russia.svg Russia [9]
2011 Italy Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria [10]
2013 Tahiti Flag of Russia.svg Russia [11]
2015 Portugal Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil [12]
2017 Bahamas Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil [13]
2019 Paraguay

Top goalscorers

As of 2017

From the data available, [Note] the tables below document the all-time top goalscorers.

Sources:
1995–2001 (combined scorers), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Notes: ^
  • Note that the sources from 1995–2002 only list the players with the most goals from all those tournaments combined; players must of scored at least 10 goals overall to make the list; players with less goals are not listed. This means for players who subsequently scored enough goals to make the above all-time table, if they played between 1995–2002 and scored less than 10 goals, they would not have made the source lists and therefore any goals they did score during that time are a) unknown and b) missing from the above table (if they did score any).
  • Note that there are some discrepancies between FIFA's match reports and FIFA's top scorers lists for the same tournament.
  • During the early years of beach soccer, goals scored in a penalty shootout were often combined with goals scored during regulation time when the match score was documented – note that it is also possible such goals may have been counted in a player's goal tally in the sources.

Attendance figures

Note that attendance records are not available between 1995 and 2002.

YearLocationStadium capacityMatchesTotal gateLowest gateHighest gateAverage gateAttendance %Dagger-14-plain.png
2003 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6,0001674,7002,0006,0004,66978%
2004 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10,0002081,90050010,0004,09541%
2005 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10,00020110,50050010,0005,52555%
2006 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10,00032179,80080010,0005,61956%
2007 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10,00032157,3001,00010,0005,52549%
2008 Flag of France.svg Marsielle, France 7,00032176,5003,000§7,0005,51679%
2009 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Dubai, United Arab Emirates 5,700Double-dagger-14-plain.png3297,5001505,7003,04763%
2011 Flag of Italy.svg Ravenna, Italy 5,50032119,3701,0005,5003,73068%
2013 Flag of French Polynesia.svg Papeete, Tahiti 4,20032109,6501,1004,2003,42782%
2015 Flag of Portugal.svg Espinho, Portugal 3,5003296,3001,6003,5003,00986%
2017 Flag of the Bahamas.svg Nassau, Bahamas 3,5003257,4504003,5001,79551%
Overall (2003–2017)3121,260,97015010,0004,04260%

Key:

  • § – from the attendance figures available; some are unrecorded
  • Dagger-14-plain.png – overall percentage matches were attended from the total possible maximum attendance figure if all matches were at full capacity: total gate / (stadium capacity x matches played)
  • Double-dagger-14-plain.png – two venues were used, the smaller with a capacity of 1,200 for 6 of the 32 matches which the lowest gate figure comes from

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