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Beach Soccer - Overview, Facts & Figures

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Beach Soccer – Overview

Beach soccer, also known as beach football, is a variant of association football played on a beach or sand. Beach soccer is a young and fun sport with specific characteristics designed to create a fun atmosphere, wide-reaching entertainment package that is bound by the passion of football. The irregularity of the soft-sand playing surface leads to a different style of play with a greater degree of improvisation. With an average of scoring rate of 1 goal every 3 minutes, around eleven goals are scored in total per game; which not only makes the game more eventful, but also keeps the audience involved and energized throughout.

Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) and TransStadia alliance:

Both Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) and FIFA are the governing bodies for beach soccer. BSWW created a partnership with FIFA, FIFA Beach Soccer S.L., in 2005 jointly to manage beach soccer. BSWW – who is responsible for the majority of its tournaments to this day – has joined hands with an Indian agency for the first time to promote beach soccer in India. TransStadia, through its Beach Soccer Division, has tied up with BSWW to promote the sport in India. For the same, Transtadia is organizing the first ever professional Beach Soccer Championship in Goa from the 5th – 10th February 2013, in an attempt to introduce and develop in India the sport played in 75 countries within the six FIFA Confederation zones.

Facts & Figures:

- Rio de Janeiro hosted the first Beach Soccer World Championship in 1995.
- 1994 was when the first event was covered by a television network, also held in Rio de Janeiro.
- Beach Soccer is followed by 71% male & 29% female fans between the ages 15-35 years.
- 91% followers of Beach Soccer are football lovers too.
- With an average scoring rate of 1 goal every 3 minutes, around 11 goals are scored in total per game.
- A game lasts thirty-six minutes, and is split up into three twelve-minute periods.
- Each team consists of five players, including the goalkeeper and an unlimited amount of substitutions, from a selection of 3 to 5 players.
- Three referees officiate the match. Two on the pitch and one off, controlling the teams’ benches.
- Played in 75 countries within the six FIFA Confederation zones.
- The Indian beach soccer team was launched in 2012.