Beach Soccer

Short History

     Beach soccer started in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1950 the first official tournament was created to unite neighborhood small tourneys that happened since 1940. After huge popularity it has grown to be an international game. Beach soccer had been played recreationally all over the world for many years and in many different formats. In 1992 the laws of the game were envisioned and a pilot event was staged in Los Angeles. The following summer, the first professional beach soccer competition was organized at Miami Beach. In 1995 Rio de Janeiro hosted the first World Championship. The success of the tournament led to the creation of the Pro Beach Soccer Tour in 1996 and European Pro Beach Soccer League (EPBSL) in 1998.
     The next four years would see growth consolidated by further progress both on and off the field, with the EPBSL emerging as the strongest pro beach soccer competition in the world. Pro Beach Soccer, S.L. was formed in 2000. One year later they would join forces with Octagon Koch Tavares, who had continued to organise the World Championships and events in South America, to form a single entity known as Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) with the aim of unifying all major Pro Beach Soccer tournaments in the world under the same structure. FIFA became the global governing body of the sport in 2005, acknowledging BSWW's framework and organizing the first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.