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08 Jul 2020
The 2020 beach soccer season to begin in August
The new calendar was unveiled for the season following a special live broadcast on Wednesday
The beach soccer season will kick off in mid-August with the Promotion Final in Moldova, while events in Portugal, Dubai and Saudi Arabia are also planned to take place in 2020, all depending on the delicate situation surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
Five of Beach Soccer Worldwide’s senior figures held a live online broadcast on Wednesday at 4pm GMT, in which news on the 2020 calendar as well as other aspects of the beach soccer world were revealed.
BSWW President Joan Cusco began the broadcast by addressing the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the world, and offered his condolences to the friends and family members who have lost loved-ones over the past months.
“We have all been affected by this crisis,” he stated, “and my prayers are with everyone who has lost someone in this difficult time.”
He then went on to insist that the calendar that would be outlined was still tentative and remains vulnerable to severe alterations, a very important point to make in the current unpredictable circumstances.
Mr. Cusco then discussed the new Working Task Group, a community of the sport’s most important people from within the sport, working towards the development and support of beach soccer, which was unveiled on 2 July.
He then handed over to BSWW Director of Events, Josep Ponset, and Director of Competitions, Ricardo Garcia, who outlined details on the upcoming events.
Their main points were that the Promotion Final of the Euro Beach Soccer League will be played in Moldova between 19-23 August, where four teams will win promotion to Division A in the 2021 season. The number of teams taking part is still to be confirmed.
The Superfinal will then be played in Figueira da Foz between 1-6 September with 12 teams expected to take part. The Women’s Euro Beach Soccer Cup will take place alongside the men’s Superfinal, with up to eight teams expected to compete.
As for the Euro Winners Cup, both the men’s and the women’s events will take place in Nazare between 8-13 September, but there will be no Euro Winners Challenge in the 2020 season. However, registration for the Euro Winners Cup is open to all European teams.
It was then over to Gabino Renales, BSWW Vice-President and recently-appointed FIFA Venue Manager for the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Moscow, to discuss next year’s world championships.
Mr. Renales stated that in light of the situation, the event has been pushed back in order to allow more time to arrange the qualifiers, and will now be held from 19-29 August 2021 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Joan Cusco then retook the floor, outlining the events that will be coming up later in 2020 and in early 2021, including the postponement of the World Winners Cup to a preliminary date of April next year.
“We also hope to have the Intercontinental Cup in Dubai in November,” he assured, “and we have also renewed our contract with Neom in Saudi Arabia.” Mr. Cusco also added that he hoped the Mundialito would also go ahead, and a Mundialito de Clubes would take place in Moscow in early 2021 as originally planned.
There was time for a small number of questions from people tuned in around the world at the end of the presentation, as well as numerous well-wishes and messages of communal support.
The beach soccer family remain strong and united, as well as more eager than ever to get back on the sand and do what we do best.