FIFA Beach Soccer show promises goals galore


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The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ is headed back to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after the FIFA Council appointed Dubai as host of next year’s tournament at the 21st FIFA Council meeting held in Doha, Qatar, recently.

And the Beach Soccer showcase promises goals galore.

‘FIFA’ stated that additionally, the Seychelles (country in East Africa) is set to host its first-ever FIFA tournament in three years’ time, with the FIFA Council also awarding hosting rights for the 2025 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ at the meeting in the Middle East.

Zürich, Switzerland-based FIFA is the international governing body of association football, beach football and futsal. It was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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

Zürich, Switzerland-based the FIFA Council is an institution of FIFA. It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The Council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.

‘FIFA’ further stated that Dubai played host to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ in 2009 and, 14 years on, the tournament will return to the Arab world for its 12th edition.

Subsequently, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ will arrive in Africa for the first time for edition No. 13. With the Seychelles securing hosting rights for the tournament, a nation from every confederation will have organized the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ in the 20 years since the inaugural tournament in Brazil in 2005.

In 2025, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ is set to be staged in Victoria, on the island of Mahé (the Seychelles), surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs.

Following the FIFA Council meeting in Qatar, the FIFA Director of Tournaments, Jaime Yarza, congratulated Dubai, and the Seychelles for being appointed as hosts for the next two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups™.

Remarked Yarza, “This is a very exciting moment for Beach Soccer as it is the first time that FIFA has simultaneously appointed hosts for two editions of the tournament. We are delighted to go back to the UAE where FIFA hosted one of the best Beach Soccer tournaments in history in 2009. At the same time, in 2025 the Seychelles will be hosting its first FIFA tournament, which will complete the tour of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ being hosted in all six confederations. Sixty three million viewers around the globe watched the last edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ in 2021, with each match securing an average viewership of over 2.2 million viewers. This was an enormous increase compared to the previous edition in 2019, so we are confident that in 2023 and 2025 the focus on, and passion for, Beach Soccer will increase again.”

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ promises goals galore – in 2021, the tournament recorded an average of 9.4 goals per match, the highest goals per match ratio of any FIFA tournament in history.

Key dates and further information regarding the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ in 2023, and 2025, will be released by FIFA in due course.

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