October 7 – FIFA has launched the bid process for hosting the 2023 Beach Soccer World Cup with a deadline for declarations of interest of 29 October 2021.
The full bid and hosting document deadline is end January 2022 with FIFA saying the host will be appointed by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
The 16-team Beach Soccer World Cup is held every two years and has just completed its latest edition in Russia, a tournament that saw a record number of 302 goals at an average of 9.44 per match.
The team of the Russian Football Union (they can’t compete as Russia due to the WADA ban) beat surprise package and first time finalists Japan 5-2 to take the title. Japan are the first team from Asia to get a podium finish in the competition. Switzerland beat Senegal 9-7 to take the third place.
The 2023 edition of the Beach Soccer World Cup will be the 12th to be played under FIFA’s official banner. The first edition under FIFA was played in 2005 on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was won by France. The next two editions were also played on Copacabana Beach and were won by Brazil.
Brazil is the competition’s most successful nation having won the title five times. Team RFU’s win in Moscow in August was the third Russian title.
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