AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup
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Founded2006; 16 years ago (2006)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams~16
Qualifier forFIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Current champions Japan (3rd title)
Most successful team(s) Japan (3 titles)
Websiteafc.com
2021 AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup

The AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup is the main championship for beach soccer in Asia, contested between the senior men's national teams of the members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the sport's version of the better known AFC Asian Cup in association football.

The winners of the championship are crowned continental champions; the tournament also acts as the qualification route for Asian nations to the upcoming edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.[1] Coinciding with the annual staging of the World Cup, the competition took place yearly until 2009; the World Cup then became biennial, and as its supplementary qualification event, the championship followed suit.

The championship was established in 2006 after FIFA made it a requirement for all confederations to begin holding qualification tournaments to determine the best national team(s) in their region who would proceed to represent their continent in the upcoming World Cup (previously, nations were simply invited to play, without having to earn their place).[2] FIFA currently allocate Asia three berths at the World Cup[3] and hence top three teams qualify to the World Cup finals.[1]

Asia's governing body for football, the AFC, organise the championship. However, it was not originally an AFC competition – it was created by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW)[4] under the title, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup AFC qualifier;[5][6] they organised the first six editions. During this time it also became informally known by the misnomer, the AFC Beach Soccer Championship.[7] In 2015, the AFC adopted the competition and branded it using its informal title in an official capacity; they jointly organised that year's edition with BSWW.[8] Since 2017, the AFC have been sole organisers.[1] For 2021, the competition was renamed as the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, bringing it in line with the naming of other AFC senior national tournaments.[9]

Japan are the most successful nation with three titles and having also qualified for the World Cup on every occasion.

Results

For all tournaments, the top three teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (except for 2009, when only the top two teams qualified as one of the AFC spots was automatically given to the World Cup hosts, United Arab Emirates).

Year Location Final Third place play-off
Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
AFC Beach Soccer Championship
2006
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bahrain
5–3
Japan

Iran
6–4
China
2007
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4–3
Japan

Iran
6–0
Bahrain
2008
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4–3
Japan

Iran
4–1
China
2009
details
United Arab Emirates Dubai United Arab Emirates[a]
Japan
4–2
Bahrain

Oman
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(2–1 p)

Iran
2011
details
Oman Muscat, Oman
Japan
2–1
Oman

Iran
6–2
United Arab Emirates
2013
details
Qatar Doha, Qatar
Iran
6–6 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)

Japan

United Arab Emirates
3–2
Australia
2015
details
Qatar Doha, Qatar
Oman
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)

Japan

Iran
8–3
Lebanon
2017
details
Malaysia Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Iran
7–2
United Arab Emirates

Japan
6–3
Lebanon
2019
details
Thailand Pattaya, Thailand
Japan
2–2 (a.e.t.)
(3–1 p)

United Arab Emirates

Oman
2–2 (a.e.t.)
(2–1 p)

Palestine
AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup
2021
details
Thailand Thailand Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Teams to play at World Cup handpicked by the AFC.[10]
2023
details
Thailand City TBD, Thailand[10]

a. ^ Despite being hosts and defending champions, the United Arab Emirates did not participate in the championship as they had already qualified automatically for the 2009 World Cup as its host nation.

Performance

Teams reaching the top four

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total top 4
 Japan 3 (2009, 2011, 2019) 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015) 1 (2017) 9
 United Arab Emirates 2 (2007*, 2008*) 2 (2017, 2019) 1 (2013) 1 (2011) 6
 Iran 2 (2013, 2017) 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015) 1 (2009) 8
 Oman 1 (2015) 1 (2011*) 2 (2009, 2019) 4
 Bahrain 1 (2006) 1 (2009) 1 (2007) 3
 China 2 (2006, 2008) 2
 Lebanon 2 (2015, 2017) 2
 Australia 1 (2013) 1
 Palestine 1 (2019) 1
* Hosts

All-time table

As of 2019

Pos Team App Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts PPG Win %
1  Japan 9 43 30 1 2 10 226 113 +113 94 2.19 76.7
2  Iran 9 41 27 1 1 12 225 111 +114 84 2.05 70.7
3  United Arab Emirates 8 37 27 0 1 9 162 99 +83 82 2.22 75.7
4  Oman 6 29 19 0 4 6 117 72 +45 61 2.1 79.3
5  Bahrain 8 35 18 1 2 14 121 105 +16 58 1.66 60
6  China 9 35 10 0 2 23 102 149 –47 32 0.91 34.3
7  Lebanon 4 18 7 1 0 10 72 58 +14 23 1.28 44.4
8  Palestine 2 11 6 1 0 4 44 40 +4 20 1.82 63.6
9  Afghanistan 3 12 4 1 0 7 38 45 –7 14 1.17 41.7
10  Uzbekistan 5 18 4 0 0 14 64 77 –13 12 0.67 22.2
11  Australia 2 8 3 0 1 4 25 24 +1 10 1.25 50
12  Thailand 4 12 3 0 0 9 29 46 –17 9 0.75 25
13  Iraq 5 15 2 1 1 11 41 83 –42 9 0.6 26.7
14  Kuwait 3 9 2 0 0 7 34 44 –10 6 0.67 22.2
15  Malaysia 2 9 2 0 0 7 23 47 –24 6 0.67 22.2
16  Laos 1 3 1 0 0 2 11 21 –10 3 1 33.3
17  Saudi Arabia 1 5 1 0 0 4 13 26 –13 3 0.6 20
18  Qatar 4 14 1 0 0 13 30 85 –55 3 0.21 7.1
19  Vietnam 1 3 0 0 0 3 11 14 –3 0 0 0
20  India 1 2 0 0 0 2 5 10 –5 0 0 0
21  Indonesia 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 18 –12 0 0 0
22  Syria 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 19 –13 0 0 0
23  Kyrgyzstan 1 3 0 0 0 3 6 26 –20 0 0 0
24  Philippines 3 9 0 0 0 9 13 90 –77 0 0 0

Key: Appearances App / Won in normal time W = 3 points / Won in extra-time W+ = 2 points / Won on penalty shoot-out WP = 1 point / Lost L = 0 points / Points per game PPG

Awards

Year Top goalscorer(s) Gls Best player Best goalkeeper Fair play Ref.
United Arab Emirates 2006 Japan Takeshi Kawaharazuka 9 Bahrain Abdullah Omar Iran Hamed Ghorbanpour not awarded [7]
United Arab Emirates 2007 Iran Farid Boulokbashi United Arab Emirates Bakhit Alabadla United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al Mazam [8]
United Arab Emirates 2008 Japan Shusei Yamauchi 12 United Arab Emirates Rami Al Mesaabi Japan Shingo Terukina [9]
United Arab Emirates 2009 Iran Moslem Mesigar Bahrain Yaqoob Al Nesuf Japan Tomoya Ginoza [10] Archived 2021-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
Oman 2011 Japan Takeshi Kawaharazuka
Oman Ishaq Al-Qassmi
8 Oman Yahya Al Araimi Japan Shingo Terukina [11]
Qatar 2013 Iran Moslem Mesigar 11 Japan Ozu Moreira Australia Simon Jaeger [12]
Qatar 2015 Japan Takasuke Goto 8 Japan Ozu Moreira Iran Peyman Hosseini [13]
Malaysia 2017 Iran Mohammadali Mokhtari 12 Iran Mohammadali Mokhtari not awarded[a]  Iran [14]
Thailand 2019 Japan Ozu Moreira 9 Japan Ozu Moreira  United Arab Emirates [15]
  1. ^ Since 2017, the "best goalkeeper" award has not been given. However, the goalkeepers chosen for the dream "team of the tournament" may be considered as the de facto best goalkeepers for these years.

Team of the tournament

Since 2017, the competition's Technical Study Group have produced a post-tournament report including a dream and reserve "team of the tournament".

Year Dream team Reserve team Ref.
Malaysia 2017 Japan Shingo Terukina (GK)
Japan Ozu Moreira (DF)
United Arab Emirates Ahmed Beshr (DF)
Iran Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (FW)
Iran Mohammadali Mokhtari (FW)
Iran Peyman Hosseini (GK)
Iran Hassan Abdollahi (DF)
United Arab Emirates Ali Karim (MF)
Japan Takaaki Oba (MF)
Lebanon Mohamad Merhi (FW)
[16]
Thailand 2019 United Arab Emirates Mohamed Abdulla (GK)
Japan Ozu Moreira (DF)
United Arab Emirates Waleed Beshr (DF)
Oman Yahya Abyoua (FW)
Japan Shusei Yamauchi (FW)
Japan Shingo Terukina (GK)
State of Palestine Maisara Alawwab (DF)
Oman Mushel Hilal (DF)
United Arab Emirates Walid Mohammad (DF)
Japan Takuya Akaguma (FW)
[17]

Appearances & performance timeline

The following is a performance timeline of the teams who have appeared in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship and how many appearances they each have made.

Legend
Timeline
Year
Team
2006
United Arab Emirates
(6)
2007
United Arab Emirates
(6)
2008
United Arab Emirates
(6)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(7)
2011
Oman
(11)
2013
Qatar
(16)
2015
Qatar
(14)
2017
Malaysia
(12)
2019
Thailand
(15)
Apps
9
 Afghanistan × × × × •• 11th × 6th 12th 3
 Australia × × × 5th × 4th × × × 2
 Bahrain 1st 4th × 2nd 6th 9th 7th 5th 6th 8
 China 4th 5th 4th 7th 5th 7th 6th 12th 9th 9
 India × 6th × × × × × × × 1
 Indonesia × × × × 11th × × × × 1
 Iran 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 7th 9
 Iraq × × × × 9th 10th 12th 9th 13th 5
 Japan 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 9
 Kuwait × × × × 10th × 9th × 11th 3
 Kyrgyzstan × × × × × × × × 15th 1
 Laos × × × × × × 10th × × 1
 Lebanon × × × × × 8th 4th 4th 5th 4
 Malaysia × × × × × × × 8th 8th 2
 Oman × × × 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 7th 3rd 6
 Palestine × × × × •• 6th •• × 4th 2
 Philippines 6th × 6th × × 16th × × × 3
 Qatar × × × × •• 15th 14th 11th 14th 4
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × 12th × × × 1
 Syria × × × × 8th × × × × 1
 Thailand × × × × × 13th 13th 10th 10th 4
 United Arab Emirates 5th 1st 1st × 4th 3rd 5th 2nd 2nd 8
 Uzbekistan × × 5th 6th 7th 14th 8th •• × 5
 Vietnam × × × × × × 11th × × 1

Performance of qualifiers at the World Cup

Main article: National team appearances in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The following is a performance timeline of the AFC teams who have appeared in the Beach Soccer World Cup since being sanctioned by FIFA in 2005.

Legend
Team \ Years Brazil
2005[†]
Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Paraguay
2019
Russia
2021[†]
Total
 Bahrain QF R1 2
 Iran R1 R1 R1 R1 QF QF 3rd 7
 Japan 4th QF R1 R1 QF R1 QF QF R1 4th 2nd 11
 Oman R1 R1 R1 R1 4
 Thailand R1 1
 United Arab Emirates R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 7
Total no. of unique qualifiers 6
Notes
  1. ^
    In 2005 and 2021, no AFC qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup were held and teams were selected to represent AFC (2005: Japan and Thailand; 2021: Japan, Oman and United Arab Emirates).

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c AFC Beach Soccer Championship 2017 Competition Regulations. Asian Football Confederation. 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  2. ^ "FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 qualifiers to start in Brazil on 5 March". FIFA. 3 March 2006. Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ "World Cup gets bigger". FIFA. 25 August 2005. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Regulations FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2006" (PDF). fifa.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 7, 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  5. ^ Gaich, Rémi (11 January 2016). BSWW competitions / National teams. Barcelona: Beach Soccer Worldwide. pp. 14, 15, 19.
  6. ^ FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2015 - AFC Qualifier Qatar Archived 2020-10-20 at the Wayback Machine. Beach Soccer Worldwide. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  7. ^ See the following for examples: [1]; [2]; [3][dead link]; [4]; [5]; [6].
  8. ^ FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 – AFC Qualifier Qatar Regulations. Asian Football Confederation. 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  9. ^ "AFC rebrands age group championships to AFC Asian Cups". AFC. 2 October 2020.
  10. ^ a b ""الآسيوي" يبلغ الاتحاد اللبناني بمواعيد بطولاته الجديدة" (in Arabic). Lebanese Football Association. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 16 January 2021.