2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Tournament details
Host countryBahamas
CityNassau
Dates27 April – 7 May
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Brazil
5th FIFA title
14th world title
Runners-up Tahiti
Third place Iran
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored266 (8.31 per match)
Attendance57,450 (1,795 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Gabriele Gori (17 goals)
Best player(s)Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
Best goalkeeperIran Peyman Hosseini
Fair play award Brazil
2015
2019

The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the premier international beach soccer championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. Overall, this was the 19th edition of a world cup in beach soccer since the establishment of the Beach Soccer World Championships which ran from 1995 to 2004 but was not governed by FIFA. This was the fourth tournament to take place under the biennial basis; the World Cup now takes place once every two years, after taking place on a yearly basis until 2009.

FIFA originally started the bidding process in April 2013, whilst in December 2014, the Bahamas were appointed as hosts; this was the first time a men's senior FIFA tournament was hosted in the Caribbean,[1] and the first FIFA tournament hosted by the Bahamas. Fifteen teams advanced through their respective preliminary continental qualification competitions, which started in September 2016 and ended in March 2017, to join the host team in the final tournament which included three nations making their debuts at the finals and notably saw two-time champions (in 2011 and 2013) Russia fail to qualify.[2] The tournament was played from 27 April to 7 May 2017, with all 32 matches hosted in one 3,500 seater stadium, in the Bahamian capital, Nassau.[3]

The hosts, making their first appearance at a World Cup, exited at the group stage. Portugal were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Brazil in the quarter-finals.[4] Brazil ultimately went on to defeat Tahiti in the final to claim their fourteenth world title since the competition's inception in 1995, and their fifth title of the FIFA era, ending an eight-year wait after last winning the crown in 2009.[5] Iran finished third to claim the best ever placing by an Asian nation in the history of the competition.[6]

Host selection

First bidding

On 17 April 2013, FIFA announced that bidding had begun for five competitions between 2016 and 2017, including the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Declarations of interest were made by May 15 deadline whilst the hosts were scheduled to be revealed in December 2013.[7]

The following 10 countries made an official bid for the World Cup, as revealed by FIFA on 28 May 2013.[8]

Second bidding

Due to undisclosed circumstances, FIFA did not pick a host from the first round of bidding by December 2013. And so on 6 March 2014, FIFA announced that bidding had re-opened for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. New member associations interested in hosting submitted a declaration of interest by 15 April 2014, and provided the complete set of bidding documents by 1 October 2014.[9]

The following 12 countries made official bids for hosting the tournament. Argentina were the only country to submit an entry in both rounds of bidding.[10]

On 19 December 2014, the FIFA Executive Committee announced the Bahamas as hosts.[1]

Qualification

Qualification began with the European qualifiers on 2 September 2016 and concluded with the final match of the AFC event on 11 March 2017. The hosts, the Bahamas, qualified automatically.

European nations usually receive five spots at the World Cup, and North American nations, two. However Since the Bahamas, as hosts, automatically qualified, taking one of the two North American two berths by default, it was decided by FIFA to transfer one spot from UEFA to CONCACAF to still allow two North American countries to qualify as normal, reducing the number of European berths to four.[3]

African zone

Main article: 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

The two African qualifiers were determined via the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (the first time the qualification event was held under the Africa Cup of Nations title after CAF upped their commitment to beach soccer in 2015).[11] Eight nations took part in the finals between 13 and 18 December in Lagos, Nigeria, who qualified from a preliminary 14 team, two-legged play off event in August and September.[12] Senegal ultimately proved victorious claiming their fourth African crown and fourth successive qualification to the World Cup. Runners-up and hosts Nigeria also qualified, their first qualification since 2011.[13]

Asian zone

Main article: 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship

The qualifiers for members of the AFC took place in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia between 4 and 11 March 2017. 14 teams originally entered but two (Myanmar and Uzbekistan) withdrew before the start of the tournament.[14] Having never failed to qualify for a FIFA era World Cup, Japan narrowly progressed to the semi finals of the competition as the best runner-up of the three groups in the group stage. Iran and the United Arab Emirates successfully won their semi finals to qualify for the World Cup (for the 7th and 5th time respectively), with Iran winning the final (their 2nd AFC title). Semi final losers Japan and Lebanon contested the final World Cup berth in the third place play off with the Japanese coming out on top to qualify.[15]

European zone

Main article: 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The qualifiers for the members of UEFA took place between 2 and 11 September 2016 in Jesolo, Italy. A total of 28 teams entered into the tournament with the top four teams (the semi finalists) qualifying for the World Cup finals.[16] In a surprise result, Poland, ranked 12th in Europe prior to the competition, won the event and secured only their second qualification to a World Cup finals following their debut in 2006. The other successful qualifiers were runners-up Switzerland, third placed and defending World Champions Portugal who beat Italy, finishing fourth, the final qualifier.[17] Poland's success in the second group stage caused a major upset by denying two time World Cup champions (2011 and 2013) Russia a berth at the finals for the first time since 2006. Three time World Cup runners-up (2003, 2004 and 2013) Spain also failed to qualify for just the second time since their debut in 1998.

North, Central American and Caribbean Zone

Main article: 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

The North American qualification event took place between 20 and 26 February 2017 in Nassau, the Bahamas at the very stadium the World Cup would be hosted in. 16 teams took part contesting two qualification berths.[18] In a surprise to all, Panama, in just their second CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship appearance, beat all four historically dominant forces in North America on their way to winning the tournament (Costa Rica in the group stage, the United States in the quarter finals, El Salvador in the semi finals and defending champions Mexico in the final).[19] As the finalists, Panama and Mexico qualified for the World Cup, the former for the first time (the first new North American World Cup debutants since 2009), the latter for the fifth time.[20]

Oceanian zone

The 2017 OFC Beach Soccer Championship was originally scheduled to take place in February,[21] however for undisclosed reasons, the tournament was cancelled. Due to their strong performances at the previous two World Cups, the OFC handpicked Tahiti to be the Oceanian representative at the 2017 World Cup (without having to qualify) in December 2015.[22]

South American zone

Main article: 2017 CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship

Qualifiers for South America took place in Lambaré, Paraguay between 5 and 12 February 2017 with all 10 members of CONMEBOL taking part[23] (the only qualification event to see all members of the respective confederation participate). With three berths available, finalists Brazil and hosts Paraguay secured their qualification by winning their respective semi finals. Brazil beat the Paraguayans in the final to win their sixth title. Ecuador beat Argentina on penalties in the third place play off to claim the final spot at the World Cup, their first qualification after missing out by one placing, finishing fourth, on three previous occasions.[24] This condemned Argentina to their first absence from a World Cup since 2003, their first of the FIFA era, and missing just a third World Cup in total having first appeared in the maiden event in 1995.

Qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament. In addition to Bahamas who qualified automatically as hosts, the other 15 teams qualified from six separate continental competitions. The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee on 17 March 2016.[3]

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Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Iran
 Japan
 United Arab Emirates
CAF (Africa) 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations  Nigeria
 Senegal
CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean) Host nation  Bahamas1
2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship  Mexico
 Panama1
CONMEBOL (South America) 2017 CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship  Brazil
 Ecuador1
 Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) Appointed by OFC (no qualifying tournament)[25]  Tahiti
UEFA (Europe) 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA)  Italy
 Poland
 Portugal
  Switzerland
1.^ Teams that will make their debut.

Organisation

The official poster of the World Cup, featuring the design of the official match ball
The official poster of the World Cup, featuring the design of the official match ball

The following were key milestones in the organisation of the tournament:

Venue

One venue in the capital city of Nassau was used.

Nassau
2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (Bahamas)
Nassau Stadium
Malcolm's Park West
25°04′32.1″N 77°19′31.4″W / 25.075583°N 77.325389°W / 25.075583; -77.325389 (TBA)
Capacity: 3,500

Match officials

FIFA chose 24 officials from 24 different countries to referee matches at the World Cup, who were revealed on 31 March 2017.[34] At least one referee was representing each of the six confederations: four from the AFC, three from CAF, five from CONMEBOL, three from CONCACAF, one from the OFC and eight from UEFA.[35]

Draw

The official draw was held on 28 February 2017, 20:00 EST (UTC−5), at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, in the attendance of the Bahamas Prime Minister, Perry Christie and CONCACAF General Secretary, Philippe Moggio. Former Brazilian association football international, Emerson and Miss Universe Bahamas 2016, Cherell Williamson, assisted the draw.[36][37]

The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams, with hosts Bahamas being allocated to position A1. The teams were seeded into their respective pots based on their BSWW Beach Soccer Rankings published on 27 February 2017, with the highest ranked teams placed into pot 1 alongside the hosts, the next highest ranked into pot 2 and so on. The identity of the AFC teams were not known at the time of the draw, so the three slots reserved for AFC teams were seeded based on the order in which they would finish in the 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship and not the world rankings, with the winners of the qualifiers going to pot 2, runners-up to pot 3 and third place team to pot 4. Teams from the same confederation could not be drawn against each other for the group stage.[38]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Note: The numbers in parentheses are the world rankings of the accompanying teams prior to the draw

Squads

Main article: 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup squads

Each team first named a preliminary squad of 18 players. From the preliminary squad, the team then named a final squad of 12 players (two of whom had to be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline of 20 April 2017.[39] Players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.[40]

Group stage

Each team earns three points for a win in regulation time, two points for a win in extra time, one point for a win in a penalty shoot-out, and no points for a defeat. The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals.

All times are local, EDT (UTC−4).[41]

Tiebreakers

The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 18.5):[40]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above criterion, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. goal difference in all group matches;
  5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  7. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 0 18 13 +5 7 Knockout stage
2  Senegal 3 2 0 0 1 25 7 +18 6
3  Bahamas (H) 3 1 0 0 2 7 14 −7 3
4  Ecuador 3 0 0 0 3 6 22 −16 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Ecuador 0–9 Senegal
Report Diagne 6', 17'
Barry 7', 9', 21'
Ndoye 15', 34'
Diassy 24'
Balde 25'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 650[42]
Referee: Ebrahim Almansory (United Arab Emirates)
Bahamas 2–3  Switzerland
St. Fleur 1'
Christie 31'
Report Ott 6'
Hodel 13', 27'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,300[43]
Referee: Issam Bousbih (Tunisia)

Switzerland  9–5 Ecuador
M. Jaeggy 7'
Stankovic 8', 15', 33'
Ott 10', 10', 18', 23'
Werder 10'
Report Bailon 15'
Cedeno 16', 22'
Delgado 21'
Gallegos 23'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,700[44]
Referee: Juan Angeles (Dominican Republic)
Senegal 10–1 Bahamas
Sylla 1'
Balde 2', 3', 21'
Diagne 5'
Diassy 8'
Ndoye 26', 30'
Diouf 34', 34'
Report Christie 17' (pen.)
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,500[45]
Referee: Yuichi Hatano (Japan)

Switzerland  6–6 (a.e.t.) Senegal
Hodel 4'
Stankovic 23' (pen.), 24', 31'
Werder 28'
Spacca 39'
Report Fall 2'
Balde 13'
Diagne 18', 32'
Ndoye 25'
Ndour 38'
Penalties
M. Jaeggy soccer ball with check mark
Hodel soccer ball with check mark
Stankovic soccer ball with check mark
3–1 soccer ball with check mark Barry
Diagne
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,500[46]
Referee: Micke Palomino (Peru)
Bahamas 4–1 Ecuador
Francois 19', 33'
St. Fleur 22'
Williams 34'
Report Moreira 29'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,400[47]
Referee: Hugo Pado (Solomon Islands)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 3 0 0 0 25 11 +14 9 Knockout stage
2  Iran 3 1 0 1 1 11 11 0 4
3  Nigeria 3 0 1 0 2 15 20 −5 2
4  Mexico 3 0 0 0 3 7 16 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iran 3–2 Mexico
Hosseini 20'
Akbari 29'
Ahmadzadeh 31'
Report Mosco 21'
Maldonado 25'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 400[48]
Referee: Łukasz Ostrowski (Poland)
Nigeria 6–12 Italy
Abu 2', 28', 35'
Godspower 6'
Tale 22'
Emeka 23'
Report Palmacci 2', 31', 31'
Zurlo 9'
Gori 19', 21', 23', 29', 29', 32'
Di Palma 23'
Chiavaro 35'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,600[49]
Referee: Miguel Lopez (Guatemala)

Italy 5–4 Iran
Gori 8', 26'
Corisiniti 29'
Ramacciotti 29', 34'
Report Akbari 9'
Ahmadzadeh 11'
Mesigar 18'
Mokhtari 36'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,200[50]
Referee: Ivo Moraes (Brazil)
Mexico 4–5 (a.e.t.) Nigeria
Villa 8'
A. Rodríguez 15'
Maldonado 16' (pen.)
Mosco 39'
Report Emeka 15'
Abu 20', 39'
Tale 35'
Godspower 37'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,600[51]
Referee: Sergio Filipe Gomes Soares (Portugal)

Italy 8–1 Mexico
Di Palma 3'
Zurlo 17'
Palmacci 17', 26'
Gori 20', 24', 31'
Ramacciotti 34'
Report Maldonado 35'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 500[52]
Referee: Shao Liang (China)
Nigeria 4–4 (a.e.t.) Iran
Tale 15' (pen.)
Emmanuel 19'
Godspower 22'
Ibenegbu 33'
Report Ahmadzadeh 8', 21'
Mokhtari 16', 33'
Penalties
Tale

Ibenegbu soccer ball with check mark
Ogodo
1–2
Boulokbashi
soccer ball with check mark Nazem
soccer ball with check mark Akbari
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,900[53]
Referee: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (Lithuania)

Group C

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Paraguay 3 2 0 0 1 12 8 +4 6 Knockout stage
2  Portugal 3 1 1 0 1 12 6 +6 5
3  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 1 1 6 6 0 4
4  Panama 3 0 0 0 3 4 14 −10 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Portugal 7–0 Panama
Torres 3'
Leo Martins 5', 28'
Coimbra 6'
José Maria 13', 32'
Belchior 31'
Report
United Arab Emirates 3–2 Paraguay
Haitham 5', 12'
W. Beshr 25'
Report Carballo 9', 29'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,900[55]
Referee: Ago Kaertmann (Estonia)

Paraguay 5–3 Portugal
Rolon 4'
Moran 16', 31'
Lopez 27'
Carballo 27'
Report Jordan 11', 18'
Alan 34'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,450[56]
Referee: Said Hachim (Madagascar)
Panama 2–2 (a.e.t.) United Arab Emirates
Galvez 2'
Arrocha 2'
Report Walid 1', 9'
Penalties
R. Garcia soccer ball with check mark
Bultron soccer ball with check mark
E. Garcia

Watson
2–3 soccer ball with check mark Haitham
W. Beshr
soccer ball with check mark A. Beshr
soccer ball with check mark Ali Karim
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,300[57]
Referee: Pablo Marcelo Cadenasso Martinez (Uruguay)

Paraguay 5–2 Panama
Villaverde 1'
Benitez 5'
Zayas 10'
Carballo 25'
Moran 30'
Report Watson 9'
Rangel 27'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 600[58]
Referee: Sofien Benchabane (France)
United Arab Emirates 1–2 (a.e.t.) Portugal
Karim 36' Report Belchior 19'
Bruno Novo 37'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,700[59]
Referee: Gonzalo Yurandir Carballo Perez (El Salvador)

Group D

Pos Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 0 20 8 +12 9 Knockout stage
2  Tahiti 3 2 0 0 1 13 11 +2 6
3  Japan 3 1 0 0 2 15 17 −2 3
4  Poland 3 0 0 0 3 12 24 −12 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Japan 9–4 Poland
Goto 4', 5', 18', 22', 27'
Oba 16' (pen.)
Iino 22'
Yamauchi 23', 30'
Report Jesionowski 18'
Saganowski 19', 26'
Ziober 36'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 400[60]
Referee: Mariano Romo (Argentina)
Brazil 4–1 Tahiti
Filipe 5'
Bruno Xavier 7'
Catarino 13', 29'
Report Tepa 3'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,000[61]
Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)

Tahiti 4–3 Japan
Labaste 4'
Tavanae 26'
Tepa 28'
Li Fung Kuee 35'
Report Akaguma 26', 31', 34'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,500[62]
Referee: Eduards Borisevics (Latvia)
Poland 4–7 Brazil
Jesionowski 3', 34'
Saganowski 32', 36' (pen.)
Report Lucao 6'
Catarino 20', 31'
Rodrigo 24'
Fernando 26', 34'
Mauricinho 36'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500[63]
Referee: Bakhtiyor Namazov (Uzbekistan)

Tahiti 8–4 Poland
Li Fung Kuee 2', 36'
Tavanae 4', 34'
Tepa 7'
Tchen 12'
N. Bennett 13', 18'
Report Lenart 22'
Kubiak 27' (pen.)
R. Bennett 31' (o.g.)
Jesionowski 34'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 500[64]
Referee: Jorge Luis Martínez Pavón (Paraguay)
Brazil 9–3 Japan
Goto 5' (o.g.)
Rodrigo 6', 17', 23', 28', 36'
Mauricinho 20', 35'
Catarino 21'
Report Oba 10'
Goto 12'
Bokhinha 22' (o.g.)
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,000[65]
Referee: Jude Amin Utulu (Malta)

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
4 May
 
 
  Switzerland3
 
6 May
 
 Iran (a.e.t.)4
 
 Iran1 (2)
 
4 May
 
 Tahiti (p)1 (3)
 
 Paraguay4
 
7 May
 
 Tahiti6
 
 Tahiti0
 
4 May
 
 Brazil6
 
 Italy5
 
6 May
 
 Senegal1
 
 Italy4
 
4 May
 
 Brazil8 Third place
 
 Brazil4
 
7 May
 
 Portugal3
 
 Iran5
 
 
 Italy3
 

Quarter-finals

Paraguay 4–6 Tahiti
Fernandez 15'
Moran 18', 24'
Zayas 36'
Report Torohia 9'
N. Bennett 12'
Taiarui 19'
Labaste 29'
Tavanae 36'
Tepa 36'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 700[66]
Referee: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (Lithuania)

Brazil 4–3 Portugal
Catarino 1'
Datinha 19' (pen.), 21'
Rodrigo 34'
Report Torres 1'
Jordan 12', 30'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,750[67]
Referee: Bakhtiyor Namazov (Uzbekistan)

Switzerland  3–4 (a.e.t.) Iran
Stankovic 17'
Hodel 18', 23'
Report Ahmadzadeh 4', 14'
Nazem 36'
Mokhtari 39'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500[68]
Referee: Gionni Matticoli (Italy)

Italy 5–1 Senegal
Gori 2' (pen.), 23', 27' (pen.)
Marrucci 21'
Frainetti 25'
Report Balde 34' (pen.)
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500[69]
Referee: Mariano Romo (Argentina)

Semi-finals

Iran 1–1 (a.e.t.) Tahiti
Nazem 19' Report Tepa 32'
Penalties
Nazem soccer ball with check mark
Mokhtari soccer ball with check mark
Akbari

Ahmadzadeh

Kiani

Behzadpour
2–3 soccer ball with check mark N. Bennett
Teriitau
soccer ball with check mark Li Fung Kuee
Labaste
Tepa
soccer ball with check mark R. Bennett
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 1,800[70]
Referee: Eduards Borisevics (Latvia)

Italy 4–8 Brazil
Marrucci 2'
Ramacciotti 9'
Gori 26' (pen.)
Corosiniti 26'
Report Mauricinho 2', 15', 19'
Rodrigo 9'
Catarino 12'
Lucão 12'
Mão 22'
Bokinha 26'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,450[71]
Referee: Said Hachim (Madagascar)

Third place match

Iran 5–3 Italy
Ahmadzadeh 3', 14', 36' (pen.)
Mokhtari 19'
Mesigar 30'
Report 26', 29' Gori
33' Ramacciotti
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 2,500[72]
Referee: Ivo Moras (Brazil)

Final

Main article: 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Final

Tahiti 0–6 Brazil
Report Mauricinho 1', 18'
Datinha 7'
Catarino 30'
Daniel 32', 33'
Nassau Stadium, Nassau
Attendance: 3,500[73]
Referee: Bakhtiyor Namazov (Uzbekistan)

Awards

In the aftermath of the final at 18:00 local time, FIFA presented individual awards to the three best players of the tournament, three top goal scorers, and to the best goalkeeper. In addition, a collective award was given to the team with the most points in the Fair Play ranking.[74][40] Following this, this winners trophy was awarded to Brazil, the champions of this year's World Cup.

When deciding the scoring awards, players tied with the same number of goals scored were then split based on the number of assists the tied players in question provided during the tournament, with the player with more assists ranked higher than the other.[75] In this case, Rodrigo and Ahmadzadeh were tied on nine goals each. However Rodrigo had three assists to Ahmadzadeh's one and so were ranked accordingly.[76]

Winners

2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Champions

Brazil

Fifth title
14th world title

Individual awards

adidas
Golden Ball
adidas
Silver Ball
adidas
Bronze Ball
Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh Brazil Mauricinho Brazil Datinha
adidas
Golden Scorer
adidas
Silver Scorer
adidas
Bronze Scorer
Italy Gabriele Gori Brazil Rodrigo Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
17 goals 9 goals 9 goals
adidas Golden Glove
Iran Peyman Hosseini
FIFA Fair Play Award
 Brazil
Goal of the tournament
Iran Peyman Hosseini vs. Mexico[77]

Statistics

Goalscorers

Top goalscorer, Gabriele Gori, recorded the second highest number of goals ever scored in a World Cup with 17 and became the first Italian of the FIFA era to be top scorer (Alessandro Altobelli was top scorer in the pre-FIFA era in 1995 and 1996). Notably Madjer (who holds the record for the highest number of goals scored at a single World Cup (21 in 2006) and the highest tally of goals overall in the FIFA era at 87) failed to score even a single goal at a World Cup finals for the very first time.[78]

Former Golden Boot winner, Dejan Stankovic, scored his highest number of goals (seven) since winning the award with 16 in 2009. The winner of the Golden Boot in the last edition, Pedro Moran (who won the award with eight goals) scored five goals this time around.

There was a total of 103 scorers in this year's World Cup.

17 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Source: FIFA

Discipline

Summary of statistics

Sources: FIFA (team), FIFA (player)

Final standings

Pos Grp Team Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 D  Brazil 6 6 0 0 0 38 15 +23 18 Champions
2 D  Tahiti 6 3 0 1 2 20 22 −2 10 Runners-up
3 B  Iran 6 2 1 1 2 21 18 +3 9 Third place
4 B  Italy 6 4 0 0 2 37 25 +12 12 Fourth place
5 A   Switzerland 4 2 0 1 1 21 17 +4 7 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A  Senegal 4 2 0 0 2 26 12 +14 6
7 C  Paraguay 4 2 0 0 2 16 14 +2 6
8 C  Portugal 4 1 1 0 2 15 10 +5 5
9 C  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 1 1 6 6 0 4 Eliminated in
Group stage
10 D  Japan 3 1 0 0 2 15 17 −2 3
11 A  Bahamas (H) 3 1 0 0 2 7 14 −7 3
12 B  Nigeria 3 0 1 0 2 15 20 −5 2
13 B  Mexico 3 0 0 0 3 7 16 −9 0
14 C  Panama 3 0 0 0 3 4 14 −10 0
15 D  Poland 3 0 0 0 3 12 24 −12 0
16 A  Ecuador 3 0 0 0 3 6 22 −16 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host

Broadcasting rights

The following table is a summary of some notable and participating countries' broadcasting licensee holders.

Territory Broadcaster Licensees Ref
 Albania RTSH [79]
 Argentina DirecTV Latin America [79]
 Armenia ARMTV [79]
 Australia SBS [79]
 Austria ORF [79]
 Azerbaijan İTV [79]
 Belarus BTRC [79]
 Belgium VRT, RTBF [79]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT [79]
 Brazil SporTV, Band [79]
 Bulgaria BNT [79]
 Canada TSN [79]
 Caribbean[n 1] DirecTV [79]
 Chile Canal 13, TVN, Mega [79]
 Croatia HRT [79]
 Cyprus CyBC [79]
 Czech Republic ČT [79]
 Ecuador DirecTV Latin America, RTS [79]
 Estonia ERR [79]
 Europe[n 2] Eurosport [79]
 Georgia GPB [79]
 Hungary MTVA [79]
 Iceland RÚV [79]
 Indian Subcontinent[n 3] Sony Pictures Networks India [79]
 Iran IRIB TV3, IRIB Varzesh [79]
 Ireland RTÉ [79]
 Israel IBA [79]
 Japan Fuji Television [79]
 Kosovo RTK [79]
 Latvia LTV [79]
 Lithuania LRT [79]
 North Macedonia MRT [79]
 Malaysia &  Brunei Astro [79]
 Malta PBS [79]
 Mexico Televisa, Azteca [79]
 Middle East and North Africa[n 4] beIN SPORTS MENA [79]
 Moldova TRM [79]
 Netherlands NOS [79]
 New Zealand Sky Sports [79]
 Panama TVN, SKY, RPC TV Canal 4 [79]
 Philippines ABS-CBN [79]
 Poland Telewizja Polska [79]
 Portugal RTP [79]
 Romania TVR [79]
 Serbia RTS [79]
 Sub-Saharan Africa[n 5] Econet Media [79]
 Slovakia RTVS [79]
 Slovenia RTVSLO [79]
  Switzerland SRG SSR [79]
 Turkey TRT [79]
 Uruguay Saeta TV Channel 10, Teledoce, Monte Carlo TV [79]
 United States Fox Sports, Telemundo [79]
 Venezuela Meridiano Television [79]
  1. ^ The FIFA/DirecTV deal covers the rights in 27 countries
  2. ^ The FIFA/Eurosport deal covers the rights in all 52 European countries, bar Kazakhstan. The other individual European countries listed show the additional broadcasting licenses in those countries.
  3. ^ The FIFA/Sony deal covers the rights in 7 countries
  4. ^ The FIFA/beIN Sports Arabia deal covers the rights in 13 countries of the Arab League
  5. ^ The FIFA/Econet deal covers the rights in 42 countries

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