Last updated : Sunday, 26 November 2023
Beach soccer is a variant of association football played on a beach. It is a fast-paced, exciting sport that combines the skills of traditional football with the athleticism and agility required to play on sand.
There are many amateur beach soccer leagues around the world, with teams ranging from casual players to experienced athletes. These leagues provide a fun and competitive environment for players of all levels to enjoy the sport.
Beach soccer is believed to have originated in Brazil in the 1950s. The first organized beach soccer tournament was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
The sport quickly gained popularity and in 1998, the first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was held in Brazil. Beach soccer has since become an official FIFA discipline and is now played in over 100 countries around the world.
The rules of beach soccer are similar to those of traditional football, with a few key differences. The game is played on a smaller pitch, with five players per team on the field at a time. There are no goalkeepers, and the goals are smaller than those used in traditional football.
The game is also played with a lighter ball, which makes it easier to control on sand. Matches are typically played over two 12-minute halves, with a break of three minutes in between.
Amateur beach soccer leagues
There are many amateur beach soccer leagues around the world. These leagues typically have a range of divisions, so players of all levels can find a league that is right for them.
Some of the most popular amateur beach soccer leagues include:
- The American Beach Soccer League (ABSL)
- The European Beach Soccer League (EBSL)
- The Asian Beach Soccer League (ABSL)
These leagues offer a variety of benefits to their members, including:
- Opportunities to compete against other players of similar skill level
- Access to high-quality facilities
- Technical and tactical training from qualified coaches
- The chance to represent your country at international tournaments