The Beach Soccer World Championships was the premier international beach soccer competition contested by men's national teams between 1995 and 2004. It was replaced by the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
|Number of teams||12|
|Last champions||Brazil (9th title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Brazil (9 titles)|
|World cups in beach soccer|
|Beach Soccer World Championships|
|FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup|
The tournament took place annually in Brazil under the supervision of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) and its predecessors, crowning the world champions of the sport. Due to the sport's rapid growth, FIFA took an interest in it, and as the main tournament in world beach soccer, it joined hands with BSWW in 2005 to take over the organization of the competition, re-branding it as an official FIFA tournament.
Brazil were the most successful team, winning nine of the ten tournaments.
The first Beach Soccer World Championship was held in Brazil, in 1995, organised by the precursors to the modern-day founders of the standardised rules, Beach Soccer Worldwide, held under the title Beach Soccer World Championship. Eight teams were selected to take part, without going through a qualification process. However Brazil, the hosts, dominated and easily won the cup without losing a game. The tournament was successful and BSWW announced that the competition would take place every year.
By 1997, more teams had already stated their interest in participating and therefore BSWW extended their selection to 10 teams for 1998. Brazil continued to dominate, despite this change. Immediately, BSWW extended to 12 teams for 1999, spreading their selection across five continents, introducing more new teams to the tournament. However, with all these changes it still took until the 2001 World Cup for Brazil to lose the title after winning the competition six years on the run since the establishment. It was Portugal who won the tournament, with Brazil finishing in a disappointing fourth place.
With this change of champions, more countries thought there was a chance for themselves to win the tournament and this sparked more interest worldwide. Not surprisingly, Brazil reclaimed their title in 2002, when BSWW reduced the number of contestants back to eight. The last Beach Soccer World Championship to be organised purely by BSWW was in 2004 when twelve teams played, before being replaced by the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup the next year.
Teams reaching the top fourEdit
Overall, half of the 24 nations who ever competed made a top four finish; only two won the title. Brazil were by far the most successful nation, winning nine titles of the possible ten. Portugal claimed the only crown Brazil did not win.
Brazil were also the only nation to finish in the final four of every championship.
|Nation||Titles||Runners-up||Third place||Fourth place||Total top 4|
|Brazil||9 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)||—||—||1 (2001)||10|
|Portugal||1 (2001)||2 (1999, 2002)||2 (2003, 2004)||—||5|
|Uruguay||—||2 (1996, 1997)||3 (1998, 1999, 2002)||—||5|
|Spain||—||2 (2003, 2004)||1 (2000)||—||3|
|France||—||2 (1998, 2001)||—||1 (2003)||3|
|United States||—||1 (1995)||1 (1997)||1 (1996)||3|
|Peru||—||1 (2000)||—||2 (1998, 1999)||3|
|Italy||—||—||1 (1996)||2 (1995, 2004)||3|
|Argentina||—||—||1 (2001)||1 (1997)||2|
- Note: Brazil hosted all tournaments.
|Asia||Africa||North America||South America||Oceania||Europe||Total|
24 countries participated over the ten competitions, however nearly half (11) only appeared at one edition. Three participated in all World Championships: Brazil, Italy and Uruguay. European teams dominated in unique appearances by continent, since half of all countries were from Europe. Oceania were the only region never to be represented at least once.
Only eight of the 24 countries have failed to reappear at a FIFA controlled World Cup. Peru (5) appeared in the most competitions without yet participating in a FIFA World Cup.
|South Africa||1999||Round 1|
This table shows the overall statistics of all 10 World Championships that occurred between 1995 and 2004.
- Appearances Apps / Win in Normal Time W = 3 Points / Win in Extra Time or in a Penalty shoot-out W+ = 2 Points / Loss L = 0 Points / Points per game PPG
|4||United States||9||33||15||0||18||112||138||−26||45||1.36||45.5 (15–18)|
The following documents the winners of the awards presented at the conclusion of the tournament. Three awards were consistently bestowed at each event.
|Year||Top goalscorer(s)||Gls||Best player(s)||Best goalkeeper||Ref.|
|1995|| Alessandro Altobelli
|1996||Alessandro Altobelli||14||Edinho||Paulo Sérgio|||
From the data available,[Note] the below table shows the top 20 goalscorers of the World Championships.
|19||Zak Ibsen||United States||17|
|1995–2001 (combined scorers), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019|
Note that attendance records are not available between 1995 and 2002.
|Year||Location||Stadium capacity||Matches||Total gate||Lowest gate||Highest gate||Average gate||Attendance %|
|2003||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||6,000||16||74,700||2,000||6,000||4,669||78%|
|2004||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||10,000||20||81,900||500||10,000||4,095||41%|
- – overall percentage matches were attended from the total possible maximum attendance figure if all matches were at full capacity: total gate / (stadium capacity x matches played)
- DUBAI 2009: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Bleacher Report. 25 November 2009.
- FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 Statistical Kit – post event edition. FIFA. 14 August 2017.
- "FIFA launches first ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup". fifa.com. 1 February 2005. Archived from the original on May 30, 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.