Beach soccer

The most popular sport in the world, football has found a new playing field for almost thirty years now: sandy beaches. A leisure activity that has become increasingly popular to such an extent that it has been, in part, taken over and structured by the International Football Federation (FIFA). However, its simplicity of organization, its benefits and quite simply the pleasure of practicing the most popular sporting activity in the world make beach soccer a must-see on French beaches in summer.

History and evolution

The first official traces of beach football were found in Brazil in the 1950s. Indeed, it was at this time that a first tournament was organized between the different neighborhoods of Rio. Then for many years, beach football once again became a leisure activity, purely recreational with friends or football fans. In 1992, a pilot event was organized in Los Angeles. The following year, the first official professional competition was held in Miami Beach with teams from the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Italy. The first television broadcast took place a year later, at a tournament in Copacabana (Brazil). At the end of 2004, the International Football Federation (FIFA) took back beach soccer to structure this activity, notably with the organization of a World Cup in 2005. From 2009, this World Cup takes place every two years. In 2016, the former FIFA president proposed beach soccer as an Olympic sport.

Its benefits

The first is obviously to practice a physical activity during your holidays which will make you particularly work your "cardio". Indeed, if in traditional football, endurance is the norm and accelerations the exception, it is quite the opposite for beach soccer: smaller field, shorter playing time, sand field which requires a fast passing play and lots of short runs, thus working your reflexes and coordination. In addition, beach football is spectacular since there is no fear of injury when falling to the ground, the risk of injury from contact or tackling is much less present. Finally, organizing a beach soccer match couldn't be simpler since no equipment is needed. One precaution to take, however: protect the skin well with sunscreen and hydrate.

The second is in the interests of socialization. Indeed, practicing a team sport at the beach, which is more popular than football, is the possibility of meeting new people and expanding - for holidays or more - your circle of acquaintances or friends. Male or female, the female practice of football has now become obvious.
If you're a beach soccer player, chances are you'll have sand on your legs, arms, back and chest by the end of your match.

Thomas Rouquette

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