Girish Mahajan

AFC Beach Soccer Championship

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Region  Asia (AFC)
Current champions  Oman (1st title)
Number of teams  15 (2015)
AFC Beach Soccer Championship
Founded  2006; 11 years ago (2006)
Most successful team(s)  Japan  United Arab Emirates (2 titles)

The AFC Beach Soccer Championship is the main international championship for beach soccer in Asia, mirroring that of the AFC Asian Cup in association football. Also known as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for AFC, the championship was established in 2006 after FIFA made requirements for all confederations to begin holding a qualification tournament to determine the best national team(s) in the region and hence those who would proceed to represent their continent in the World Cup.

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Asia was awarded three spots at the finals under FIFA's new changes to the organisation of the World Cup and hence the winners, runners-up and winner of the third place play-off qualify to the succeeding World Cup finals. Before 2006, there was no consistent method of qualification or number of spots at the World Cup for Asian nations, with countries often simply being invited to play in the finals, without competing for a regional crown beforehand.

The most successful nations are the United Arab Emirates and Japan, who have both won two of the seven tournaments. However Japan may be considered as the most successful of the two since they have qualified for the World Cup all seven years by at least reaching the final, whereas the United Arab Emirates have only qualified for the World Cup on three occasions.

Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so does the championship, which started with the qualifiers for the 2011 World Cup.

Tournaments

For all tournaments, the top three teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, except for 2009, where only the top two teams qualified as one of the AFC spots were given to the World Cup hosts United Arab Emirates.

Notes:

1 ^ Qualifying automatically as World Cup hosts, reigning champions, the United Arab Emirates, did not take part in the championship.

Overall standings

Note: Win in Common Time W = 3 Points / Win in Extra Time WE = 2 Points / Win in Penalty shoot-out WP = 1 Point / Lose L = 0 Points

World Cup performance

The following is a performance timeline of the AFC teams who have appeared in the Beach Soccer World Cup since being sanctioned by FIFA in 2005.

Legend
Notes

References

AFC Beach Soccer Championship Wikipedia


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