The Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup is headed back to the United Arab Emirates after Fifa appointed Dubai as the host of next year’s tournament.
Fifa’s decision-makers met to rubber-stamp their selection at the 21st Council meeting held in Doha, Qatar – the country which held the recent World Cup finals.
Additionally, the Seychelles is set to host its first-ever FIFA tournament in three years’ time, with the FIFA Council also awarding hosting rights for the 2025 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup at the meeting in the Middle East.
The tournament is making a long-awaited return to Dubai following a 14-year hiatus. The city played host to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2009 and now the tournament will return to the Arab world for its 12th edition.
FIFA Director of Tournaments, Jaime Yarza, congratulated Dubai, and the Seychelles for being appointed as hosts for the next two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups.
“This is a very exciting moment for Beach Soccer as it is the first time that FIFA has simultaneously appointed hosts for two editions of the tournament,” Yarza said.
“We are delighted to go back to the UAE where FIFA hosted one of the best Beach Soccer tournaments in history in 2009.
“At the same time, in 2025 the Seychelles will be hosting its first FIFA tournament, which will complete the tour of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup being hosted in all six confederations.
“63 million viewers around the globe watched the last edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2021, with each match securing an average viewership of over 2.2 million viewers. This was an enormous increase compared to the previous edition in 2019, so we are confident that in 2023 and 2025 the focus on, and passion for, Beach Soccer will increase again.”
Key dates and further information regarding the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2023, and 2025, will be released by FIFA in due course. You can explore other sport events in the UAE here.