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The 2014 Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) is an annual European competition in beach soccer. The competitions allows national teams to compete in beach soccer in a league format over the summer months. Each season ends with a Superfinal, deciding the competition winner.

2014 Euro Beach Soccer League
Tournament details
Dates20 June – 17 August
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Russia (4th title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place Portugal
Fourth place  Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Top scorer(s)Llorenç (ESP) and Peremitin (RUS)
Best player(s)Noel Ott (SUI)
Best goalkeeperJesús Donaire (ESP)
2013
2015
All statistics correct as of 1-sep-14.

This season, there were twelve teams each participating in two divisions in each stage that faced each other in a round-robin system. Division A consisted of the 12 top teams in Europe based on the BSWW European Ranking. Division B consisted of 12 of the lower ranked teams and new entries to the competition. Each division has its own regulations and competition format.

The competition was used as qualifying event for the 2015 European Games. The top three teams from each group in the Superfinal qualified. The top team from the Promotional Finals, excluding the 12th team from Division A, also qualified. Azerbaijan were automatically qualified as hosts.[1]

During the season, FIFA's Amendments to the Beach Soccer Laws of the Game – 2014 came into effect. This involved such changes as only awarding one point for a penalty shootout win (compared to two points previously) and instead of penalty shootouts being sudden death from the outset, both sides will take three penalty kicks each before sudden death rules come into use.[2]

CalendarEdit

Dates City Country Stage
20–22 June Catania   Italy Stage 1
27–29 June Sopot   Poland Stage 2
11–13 July Moscow   Russia Stage 3
8–10 August Siófok   Hungary Stage 4
14–17 August Torredembarra   Spain Superfinal and Promotion Final

All times are CEST (UTC+02:00).

TeamsEdit

2014 Euro Beach Soccer League Divisions
DIVISION A DIVISION B
  Belarus   Italy   Russia   Andorra   Czech Republic   Kazakhstan
  France   Netherlands   Spain   Austria   England   Moldova
  Germany   Poland    Switzerland   Azerbaijan   Estonia   Norway
  Greece   Portugal   Ukraine   Bulgaria   Hungary   Turkey

Stage 1 (Catania, 20–22 June)Edit

     Stage winners (Div. A)

Division AEdit

Schedule & ResultsEdit

Poland  3 – 4  Belarus
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Italy  6 – 2  Netherlands
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France  2 – 6  Russia
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Germany  2 – 4   Switzerland
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Poland  0 – 4  Germany
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Switzerland   6 – 5  Belarus
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Russia  3 – 4  Netherlands
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France  2 – 3  Italy
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Belarus  2 – 4  Germany
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Switzerland   11 – 3  Poland
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Netherlands  3 – 5  France
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Russia  1 – 2  Italy
Report

Stage 2 (Sopot, 27–29 June)Edit

     Stage winners (Div. A)

Division AEdit

Schedule & ResultsEdit

Switzerland   3 – 7  France
Report
Portugal  3 – 1  Netherlands
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Spain  2 – 1  Ukraine
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Greece  4 – 3 (a.e.t.)  Poland
Report

Switzerland   6 – 6 (a.e.t.)  Ukraine
Report
Penalties
1 – 2
Portugal  8 – 0  Greece
Report
Spain  6 – 3  France
Report
Poland  5 – 3  Netherlands
Report

Ukraine  4 – 1  France
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Netherlands  1 – 5  Greece
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Switzerland   8 – 3  Spain
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Poland  6 – 8  Portugal
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Stage 3 (Moscow, 11–13 July)Edit

     Stage winners (Div. A)
     Stage winners (Div. B)

Division AEdit

Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA +/- Pts
  Russia 3 2 0 0 1 13 5 +8 6
  Spain 3 2 0 0 1 11 5 +6 6
  Belarus 3 2 0 0 1 11 11 0 6
  Greece 3 0 0 0 3 5 19 –14 0

Division BEdit

Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA +/- Pts
  Estonia 3 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6
  Azerbaijan 3 2 0 0 1 8 5 +3 6
  Moldova 3 1 0 0 2 10 14 –4 3
  Kazakhstan 3 0 0 1 2 6 10 –4 1

Schedule & ResultsEdit

Estonia  7 – 3  Moldova
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Azerbaijan  3 – 1  Kazakhstan
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Spain  4 – 1  Belarus
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Greece  0 – 7  Russia
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Estonia  2 – 1  Azerbaijan
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Kazakhstan  3 – 5  Moldova
Report
Spain  6 – 0  Greece
Report
Russia  2 – 4  Belarus
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Moldova  2 – 4  Azerbaijan
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Kazakhstan  2 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Estonia
Report
Penalties
3 – 2
Belarus  6 – 5  Greece
Report
Russia  4 – 1  Spain
Report

Stage 4 (Siófok, 8–10 August)Edit

     Stage winners (Div. A)
     Stage winners (Div. B)

Division AEdit

Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA +/- Pts
  Ukraine 3 2 0 0 1 13 12 +1 6
  Portugal 3 1 0 1 1 13 11 +2 4
  Italy 3 0 1 0 2 18 17 +1 2
  Germany 3 0 0 1 2 12 16 –4 1

Division BEdit

Schedule & ResultsEdit

Turkey  5 – 1  Bulgaria
Report
Andorra  1 – 4  Hungary
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Norway  4 – 3  Austria
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Czech Republic  7 – 3  England
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Italy  6 – 5 (a.e.t.)  Ukraine
Report
Germany  2 – 5  Portugal
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Turkey  6 – 4  Norway
Report
Austria  6 – 8  Bulgaria
Report
Czech Republic  7 – 2  Andorra
Report
Italy  7 – 7  Germany
Report
Penalties
1 – 3
Hungary  7 – 6  England
Report
Portugal  3 – 4  Ukraine
Report

Bulgaria  4 – 3  Norway
Report
Austria  0 – 3  Turkey
Report
England  8 – 2  Andorra
Report
Germany  3 – 4  Ukraine
Report
Hungary  5 – 5  Czech Republic
Report
Penalties
6 – 5
Portugal  5 – 5  Italy
Report
Penalties
3 – 2

Cumulative standingsEdit

The eight best placed teams in Division A (including stage winners and hosts), in which each team played two stages, qualified for the Superfinal. The qualifiers for the Promotion Final were the winners and runners-up in each Division B stage, the best 3rd place team from all of the Division B events, and the last placed team in Division A.

     Team advanced to Superfinal
     Team advanced to Promotional Final

Ranking & tie-breaking criteria: Division A – 1. Points earned 2. Goal difference 3. Goals scored | Division B – 1. Points earned 2. Highest stage placement 3. Goal difference 4. Goals scored.

Finals (Torredembarra, 14–17 August)Edit

The top three teams from each group in the Superfinal qualified for the 2015 European Games in Baku. The top team from the Promotional Final, excluding the 12th team from Division A, also qualified. Azerbaijan was automatically qualified as host country.

Division A (Superfinal)Edit

clinched Championship Final

Group stage resultsEdit

All kickoff times are of local time in Torredembarra (UTC+02:00).

Germany  0 – 7   Switzerland
Report
Belarus  1 – 3  Portugal
Report
Italy  2 – 9  Russia
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Spain  8 – 6  Ukraine
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Italy  2 – 1  Belarus
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Switzerland   5 – 3  Ukraine
Report
Portugal  11 – 7  Russia
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Spain  6 – 2  Germany
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Ukraine  6 – 0  Germany
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Portugal  3 – 6  Italy
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Russia  6 – 2  Belarus
Report
Switzerland   2 – 8  Spain
Report

Play-off resultsEdit

Seventh-place MatchEdit

Belarus  3 – 3  Germany
Report
Penalties
9 – 8
Platja de Torredembarra

Fifth-place MatchEdit

Ukraine  2 – 2  Italy
Report
Penalties
4 – 5
Platja de Torredembarra

Third-place MatchEdit

Switzerland   2 – 6  Portugal
Report
Platja de Torredembarra

Championship Final MatchEdit

Spain  3 – 4  Russia
Report
Platja de Torredembarra

Individual AwardsEdit

  • MVP: Noel Ott (Switzerland)
  • Top Scorer: Peremitin (Russia) and Llorenç (Spain)
  • Best Goalkeeper: Dona (Spain)

Final Division A StandingEdit

Rank Team
1   Russia
2   Spain
3   Portugal
4    Switzerland
5   Italy
6   Ukraine
7   Belarus
8   Germany

Division B (Promotional Final)Edit

clinched Promotional Final

Group stage resultsEdit

All kickoff times are of local time in Torredembarra (UTC+02:00).

Czech Republic  2 – 6  Azerbaijan
Report
Bulgaria  0 – 6  Poland
Report
Hungary  1 – 0  Estonia
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Turkey  4 – 2  England
Report

Czech Republic  3 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Bulgaria
Report
Poland  6 – 1  Azerbaijan
Report
Turkey  3 – 1  Estonia
Report
Hungary  4 – 5 (a.e.t.)  England
Report

Estonia  2 – 5  England
Report
Azerbaijan  7 – 2  Bulgaria
Report
Turkey  2 – 6  Hungary
Report
Poland  4 – 1  Czech Republic
Report

Play-off resultsEdit

Seventh-place MatchEdit

Bulgaria  5 – 4  Estonia
Report
Platja de Torredembarra

Fifth-place MatchEdit

Czech Republic  6 – 4  England
Report
Platja de Torredembarra

Third-place MatchEdit

Azerbaijan  5 – 3  Turkey
Report
Platja de Torredembarra

Promotion FinalEdit

Hungary  6 – 4  Poland
Report
Platja de Torredembarra

Final Division B StandingEdit

Rank Team
1   Hungary Promoted Division A
2   Poland Relegated Division B1
3   Azerbaijan Stay Division B
4   Turkey
5   Czech Republic
6   England
7   Bulgaria
8   Estonia
1. The Netherlands, a Division A side, did not enter the following year's EBSL in 2015. To ensure 12 teams in the top division in 2015 as normal, BSWW retrospectively awarded promotion to the runners-up of the 2014 Promotion Final as well as the winners, in the lead up to the start of the 2015 season. The runners-up happened to be the relegated side, Poland, who ultimately did not see relegation materialise for this reason and continued to compete in Division A.

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