Santa Cruz Beach Soccer

About Beach Soccer

What is Beach Soccer?

Beach Soccer focuses on some of the most spectacular aspects of modern Soccer: skill, agility and, above all, goals. A compact pitch gives players license to shoot from virtually anywhere and, with an average of sixty attempts at goal in an average professional level match (one every thirty seconds!), goalkeepers are tested to the absolute limit. However, even they can’t prevent an average scoring rate of one goal every 3-4 minutes - eleven goals in total per game! The Rules of the Game are generally the same as grass soccer except the following:

  • 5 on 5 (4 players + a keeper)
  • 30 X 40 yard field
  • Substitutions on the fly
  • No offside
  • No shoes, cleats or shinguards (but socks can be worn to protect feet)
  • Three 12 minute periods
  • Kick-ins or throw-ins

 

 

2 Beautiful Goals from the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Marseille, France.

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History of Beach Soccer

Over the past decade, beach soccer has journeyed from the beaches of Brazil to the hearts of millions of fans all over the globe. The participation of internationally renowned players such as the Brazilian Junior Negao, Portugal's Alan and Madjer and the Spanish star Amarelle has helped to expand television coverage to large audiences in over 170 countries worldwide, making beach soccer one of the fastest growing professional sports in the world and converting it into a major showcase for international commercial opportunity.

Beach soccer had been played recreationally all over the world for many years and in many different formats. However, it wasn't until 1992 that the Laws of the Game were envisioned and a pilot event staged in Los Angeles. The following summer, the first professional beach soccer competition was organized at Miami Beach, with the teams from the USA, Brazil, Argentina and Italy taking part in what would turn out to be an historic event.

In April 1994 the first event to be covered by network television transmissions was held on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and the city hosted the inaugural Beach Soccer World Championship one year later. The competition was won by the host nation, making Brazil the first ever World Champions of Beach Soccer. The success of the tournament saw international interest begin to match developments on the pitch and growing demand for the sport around the world gave rise to the Pro Beach Soccer Tour in 1996.

The first Pro Beach Soccer Tour included a total of 60 games in two years across South America, Europe, Asia and the USA, attracting major names both on and off the pitch. Interest generated by the tour in Europe led to the creation of the European Pro Beach Soccer League in 1998, providing a solid infrastructure that would increase the professionalism of the spectacle on all levels. The EPBSL, now known as the Euro BS League, united promoters from across the continent and satisfied the demands of the media, sponsors and fans. Only four years on from its creation, the successful first step in the building of a legitimate Worldwide Competition Structure for the sport of Pro Beach Soccer had been taken.

The Euro BS league flourished, with a nail-biting 2000 season decided in the closing match of the final tournament when Spain beat Portugal in an intense encounter. The next four years would see this growth consolidated by further progress both on and off the pitch, with the Euro BS League emerging as the strongest Pro Beach Soccer competition in the world. By 2004, some 17 nations had entered teams, and by 2005 this had risen to 20, leading to more than seventy countries looking to stage events.

In 2005 beach soccer became a part of the FIFA family, and in May, the first-ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was staged on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Together with Spanish-based group Beach Soccer World Wide (BSWW), FIFA has created a subsidiary known as FIFA Beach Soccer S.L. with offices in Barcelona to organize an annual beach soccer World Cup. "Beach soccer is an immensely attractive and exciting variation of association football. Since being introduced just over a decade ago, the sport has grown steadily in terms of popularity and sophistication," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter. "It is therefore absolutely logical."

In 2006, at the first edition of the tournament to feature 16 nations, Brazil avenged the previous year's loss. In the final of the competition, they were never in any real trouble against Uruguay as they proceeded to claim their first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Eric Cantona's Blues, meanwhile, triumphed in the third-place play-off, again at the expense of Portugal.

Brazil retained their crown in 2007, beating surprise finalists Mexico 8-2 in the final.

 

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Beach Soccer World Championships Honor Roll

 

2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Marseille (FRA)
Winners: Brazil
Runners-Up: Italy

Third: Portugal
Player of the tournament: Amarelle (ESP)

Top goalscorer: Madjer (POR) - 13 goals
Best goalkeeper: R
oberto Valeiro (ESP)
Goals : 258 (average: 8.3)

 

2008 FIFA World Cup Video Highlights

 

 

2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners: Brazil
Runners-Up: Mexico

Third: Uruguay
Player of the tournament: Buru (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Buru (BRA) - 10 goals
Goals: 261 (average 8.2)

2007 Video Highlights

 

2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

Winners: Brazil
Runners-Up: Uruguay
Third: France
Player of the tournament: Madjer (POR)
Top goalscorer: Madjer (POR) - 21 goals
Goals: 286 (average 8.9)

2006 Video Highlights

 

2005 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners: France
Runners-Up: Portugal

Third: Brazil
Player of the tournament: Madjer (POR)
Top goalscorer: Madjer (POR) - 12 goals
Goals: 164 (average 8.2)

2005 Video Highlights

 

2004 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners: Brazil
Runners-up: Spain
Third: Portugal
Player of the tournament: Jorginho (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Madjer (POR) - 12 goals
Best goalkeeper: Roberto (ESP)
Goals : 155 (average: 7.8)

2003 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners: Brazil
Runners-up: Spain
Third: Portugal
Player of the tournament: Amarelle (ESP)
Top goalscorer: Nenem (BRA) - 15 goals
Best goalkeeper: Robertinho (BRA)
Goals: 150 (average: 9.4)

2002 Beach Soccer World Championships

Vitoria (Espirito Santos) and Guaruja (Sao Paulo) (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: Portugal
Third: Uruguay
Player of the tournament: Nenem (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Nenem (BRA) , Madjer (POR) and Nico (URU) - 9 goals
Best goalkeeper: Nomcharoen (THA)
Goals: 145 (average: 9.1)

2001 Beach Soccer World Championships

Costa do Sauipe, Bahia (BRA)
Winners : Portugal
Runners-up: France
Third: Argentina
Player of the tournament: Hernani (POR)
Top goalscorer: Alan (POR) - 10 goals
Best goalkeeper: Olmeta (FRA)
Goals: 144 (average: 7.2)

2000 Beach Soccer World Championships

Marina da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: Peru
Third: Spain
Player of the tournament: Junior (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Junior (BRA) - 13 goals
Best goalkeeper: Kato (JPN)
Goals: 172 (average: 8.6)

1999 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: Portugal
Third: Uruguay
Player of the tournament: Jorginho (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Junior (BRA) and Matosas (URU) - 10 goals
Best goalkeeper: Pedro Crespo (POR)
Goals: 186 (average: 9.3)

1998 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: France
Third: Uruguay
Player of the tournament: Junior (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Junior (BRA) - 14 goals
Best goalkeeper: Paulo Sergio (BRA)
Goals: 219 (average: 9.1)

1997 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: Uruguay
Third: USA
Player of the tournament: Junior (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Junior (BRA) and Venâncio Ramos (URU) - 11 goals
Best goalkeeper: Paulo Sergio (BRA)
Goals: 144 (average: 9.0)

1996 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: Uruguay
Third: Italy
Player of the tournament: Edinho (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Altobelli (ITA) - 14 goals
Best goalkeeper: Paulo Sergio (BRA)
Goals: 131 (average: 8.2)

1995 Beach Soccer World Championships

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Winners : Brazil
Runners-up: USA
Third: England
Player of the tournament: Zico (BRA) and Junior (BRA)
Top goalscorer: Zico (BRA) and Altobelli (ITA) - 12 goals
Best goalkeeper: Paulo Sergio (BRA)
Goals: 149 (average: 9.3)