Two referees, 2 minute expulsions, kick-ins and three 12 minute periods are all a part of beach soccer. Beach soccer is played on a 37x28m sand pitch by teams consisting of
four outfield players and a goal keeper. Shots can come from all angles and distances, free kicks are always direct and their are no draws. The result high scoring spectacles – the previous World Cup in 2006 had an average of 8.9 goals pr game.
The World championship has been held 12 times since 1995. In 2005 FIFA over took the role of organiser’s. Brazil – the traditional home of beach soccer – have won 10 of the tournaments while Portugal and France have each won one tournament. France where coached by Eric Cantona when they won the first FIFA tournament in 2005.
The 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be held in Rio de Janeiro in November.