The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be played in the Caribbean for the first time, on the sands of Bahamas, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Teams from 16 countries will descend on capital city Nassau to battle for the coveted trophy from April 27 to May 7 next year. “Everybody is looking forward for this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017,” said Joan Cusco, FIFA Beach Soccer Committee Member.
“Not only because of its unique venue, in one of the most iconic resorts in the Caribbean, but for the huge competition everyone can look forward to”.
Hosts Bahamas and 2015 finalists Tahiti have already secured their places for next year’s event.
The four teams from Europe will be decided during a competition set for Italy from September 2nd to 11th.
Matches will be played at new-look stadium at Malcom Park in Nassau.
“In 2017, it will be the first time that the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup settles on the sands of the Caribbean,” said Jaime Yarza, Head of FIFA Events.
“The event will have a major impact on the region. It will also be the Bahamas’ inaugural appearance at a FIFA World Cup, making this the first time that three teams from CONCACAF will participate at the event.”
Portugal won the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup at home last year.