FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 - CONCACAF Qualifier Bahamas
19 Apr 2013
Record 11 teams in CONCACAF Qualifier
The draw, to take place next 23 April in Nassau, will set the teams' fate, with only two tickets to Papeete at stake
The CONCACAF and Beach Soccer Worldwide are pleased to announce that the draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 - CONCACAF Qualifiers will take place at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday, April 23, at 1 PM EST. Breaking all previous recors, this 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship will feature eleven teams.
CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb will preside over the draw procedure, to be performed by Confederation General Secretary Enrique Sanz and observed by Director of Competitions Horace Reid. President Webb is honored to also join Bahamian Football Association President Anton Sealey and General Secretary Frederick Lunn for the event.
The 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship will be celebrated in Nassau, May 8 ? 12, marking the first time the regional championship has been played in the Caribbean.
This year?s tournament will be the largest in Confederation beach soccer history, featuring all eight squads from the 2011 Championship in addition to three debutant sides, making for eleven total teams from across the CONCACAF region. That number marks an all-time high in terms of participation in the competition, and nearly doubles the number of competing teams from the opening edition of the championship six years ago.
?The widespread interest in this tournament provides confirmation of the growth of beach soccer throughout the Confederation, contributing to the strengthening of our sport across disciplines,? said President Webb. ?It pleases me to note that the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship is set to be held for the first time in the Caribbean, an area where the sport continues to makes great strides.?
Nations competing for the chance to represent CONCACAF in this year?s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Papeete, Tahiti include host nation the Bahamas and 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup semifinalist El Salvador, as well as defending CONCACAF champion Mexico. Rounding out the field are debutants Guyana, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago, along with returnees Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, and the United States.