The 2001 Beach Soccer World Championships was the seventh edition of the Beach Soccer World Championships, the most prestigious competition in international beach soccer contested by men's national teams until 2005, when the competition was then replaced by the second iteration of a world cup in beach soccer, the better known FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. It was organised by Brazilian sports agency Koch Tavares (one of the founding partners of Beach Soccer Worldwide).
|VII Beach Soccer World Championships 2001|
|Dates||11 – 18 February|
|Teams||12 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Portugal (1st title)|
|Goals scored||144 (7.2 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Alan (10 goals)|
|Best goalkeeper||Pascal Olmeta|
For the first time since its establishment in 1995, the tournament took place outside of the sport's native home of Rio de Janeiro and instead was hosted at the resort of Costa do Sauipe, in the state of Bahia, approximately 70km north of the major city of Salvador.
Having increased the number of participating teams in 1999, these championships continued to consist of twelve nations who were split into four groups of three playing in a round robin format. The top two from each group advanced to the quarter finals from which point on the championship was played as a knock-out tournament until a winner was crowned with an additional match to determine third place.
A representative of FIFA, Alfredo Asfura, attended the finals to assess the sport's premier event to understand the suitability of potentially incorporating beach soccer into the FIFA family. His post-competition analysis of the sport was that beach soccer was full of "prosperity" and that the "experience, professionalism and seriousness of the organization [of the event] will be fundamental for FIFA" in deciding where or not to adopt the sport in the future. FIFA ultimately took over as governing body of beach soccer in late 2004.
Rede Globo were responsible for broadcasting the games in Brazil, which caused controversy in Portuguese media when the network decided to show the third place play off involving the Brazilian national team but subsequently not show the final.
Asia, Africa and Oceania were unrepresented.
|1||Brazil||2||2||0||0||21||3||+18||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||France||2||2||0||0||11||6||+5||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Portugal||2||2||0||0||9||3||+6||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Argentina||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||6||Advance to knockout stage|
February 16th was allocated as a rest day.
|Portugal (a.e.t.)||6||Third place play-off|
Third place play-offEdit
Daylight saving ended on the morning of the 18th. The time shown is UTC-3.
- 1. Scorer not stated in report
- 2. Report is unclear, Oblitas may of scored this goal
- 3. Report is unclear, note the possibility this is not the scorer
- 4. Report is unclear, Garbagna, or another player, may of scored this goal
| 2001 Beach Soccer World Championships|
|5||C||United States||3||1||0||2||6||9||−3||3||Eliminated in the|
|9||B||Venezuela||2||0||0||2||7||11||−4||0||Eliminated in the|
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