The CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship is the main championship for beach soccer in South America. In both 2005 and 2007, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL held joint championships. In 2007, the successful teams of the competition qualified to play in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, whereas the 2005 tournament was unattached from the world cup. This was not the way teams qualified for the 2005 world cup.
In 2006, when FIFA introduced the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers, the championship became the way to qualify for the World Cup, so CONCACAF and CONMEBOL held two separate championships. From 2008 onwards, due to the number of teams from each confederation trying to qualify, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have decided to always have separate championships.
Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so will the qualifiers, starting with the qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The top three teams from the tournament qualify to play in the next FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Joint Championships (with CONCACAF)
For both tournaments, the top four teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
For all tournaments, the top three teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
World Cup performance
The following is a performance timeline of the CONMEBOL teams who have appeared in the Beach Soccer World Cup since being sanctioned by FIFA in 2005.