The 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was the seventh edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, governed by FIFA. It took place from 18–28 September 2013 at Tahua To'ata Stadium (Stade Tahua To'ata) in Papeete, Tahiti, the fourth tournament to have taken place outside Brazil. Overall this was the 17th edition of the World Cup since its establishment in 1995 (series before 2005 were not governed by FIFA and were held under the title Beach Soccer World Championships). This was the second tournament to take place since the establishment of a longer two-year cycle of tournaments.
The tournament was confirmed in March 2010. Russia successfully defended their title.
Tahiti qualified automatically as hosts.
The CAF qualifiers took place from 22–26 May 2013 in El Jadida, Morocco to determine the two teams for the finals. The qualifiers were originally scheduled for 10–14 April, and then 29 May-2 June 2013 in Casablanca. Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire qualified for the two available spots.
The AFC qualifiers took place from 22–26 January 2013 at a temporary stadium and adjacent pitch on Katara Beach in Doha, Qatar, to determine the three teams to qualify for the finals. Iran, Japan and the United Arab Emirates took the three spots.
The UEFA qualifiers took place in Moscow, Russia on 1–8 July 2012. Spain, Russia, Ukraine and the Netherlands grabbed the four available spots.
The CONCACAF qualifiers took place from 8–12 May 2013 in Nassau, Bahamas to determine the two spots available. The United States, and El Salvador claimed the two spots.
The OFC qualifiers took place from 30 August to 2 September 2013 on the grounds of the University of New Caledonia in Nouméa, New Caledonia to determine the second OFC team to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (Tahiti having already qualified as hosts). They were originally to have taken place from 4–9 August 2013 in the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup's host city of Papeete, Tahiti. Due to difficulties with the dimensions of the pitch that was to be used for the qualifiers, and Tahiti's declined not to participate in the tournament, it was decided that the tournament should be moved to reduce costs. It was originally scheduled for 12–14 June.
The CONMEBOL qualifiers took place from 10–17 February 2013 at a temporary stadium in Merlo, a town in the San Luis Province of Argentina, to determine the three spots available. Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay claimed the three spots.
The allocation of slots for this competition was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee in May 2012.
These are the teams that qualified for the World Cup:
All matches were played at the Tahua To'ata Stadium in Papeete.
All matches were played using the new adidas Cafusa match ball, with this version being a slightly-modified version of the match ball that was used at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.
Tu'e Popo' by Sabrina was the official song of Tahiti 2013, and the video features the island rhythms of the host country and the city of Papeete.
FIFA chose 24 officials to referee the matches at the World Cup. From the 24 referees, at least one referee represents each confederation; four from the AFC, three from CAF, five from CONMEBOL, three from CONCACAF, one from the OFC and eight from UEFA, with all 24 officials being from different countries. The referees were revealed in July, 2013.
The final draw was held on 5 June 2013 at 19:30 (local time) at the Maison de la Culture (Te Fare Tauhiti Nui) in Papeete, Tahiti. The hosts, Tahiti, and the defending champions, Russia, were assigned to positions A1 and D1 prior to the draw. Teams from the same confederation could not be drawn against each other at the group stage.
Note: At the time the draw was conducted, the OFC qualifier was not yet known.
Teams must name a 12-man squad (two of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. The squads were announced by FIFA on 11 September 2013.
Each team earns three points for a win, two points for a win in extra time or a penalty shoot-out, and no points for a defeat.Tie-breaking criteria
Where two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:
- greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
- greatest goal difference in all group matches;
- greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
- drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
All times are local, UTC−10:00.Note: Iran, Ukraine and Senegal are ranked by their head-to-head results.