How we like summer! Those long and hot sunny days where you have time to do everything. These vacations with family or friends in which we only dedicate ourselves to enjoying the good weather and sports to practice on the beach that we have talked about every once in a while.
And it is that the warmth and good vibes that are lived during this time invite you to do some exercise, especially if we are in good company.
This time we want to focus specifically on one of these beach sports. This is the most casual football mode after bubble soccer and it has even become a federated sport, with specific rules and professional players. We talk about beach soccer.
How Beach Soccer Started
Soccer has always been played on the beaches in one way or another. But beach soccer as such began a few decades ago in Rio de Janeiro, with a competition in which internationally famous stars participated in the world of football, which led to very soon starting to continue with great interest.
Today, local and national championships are organized in more than 170 countries, in addition to continental competitions and a world championship full of professional players, usually players removed from the high competition of conventional football that continue to delight fans in the sand of the beach.
Currently, beach soccer is the fastest-growing professional sport in the world. The television networks and the sponsors struggle to take over the broadcasting rights and appear in the field due to the great interest among fans.
Beach Soccer Fields Are Increasingly Common
Today it is very common to find soccer fields in the sand of the main cities of the world, even in those that do not have access to the sea. In addition, it has served as a launching pad for other sports such as baseball on the beach, which combines elements of various sports in a new and surprising way.
Currently, beach soccer is regulated by an official body, which is responsible for supporting official competitions, organizing the rules that govern the championships and turning a hobby into a professional activity. Since 2000 this body is a limited company that also handles sponsorships and the media issued by the parties. From Brazil, he made the leap to Europe, where he is currently the highest international beach soccer body, recognized by FIFA. It is a sport that has the support of the highest international football organization and its different versions.
What Are the Rules of Beach Soccer
At the amateur level, beach soccer consists of making some marks in the sand and putting a couple of piles on each side to do the goals. It is with other original games on the beach that you can see a summer day the most, if there is room to practice it. There are some beaches that sometimes do not fit a pin, so obviously you can not play unless there is some space reserved for it.
In the case of professional football, the rules indicate the size of the playing area, the number of players for each team and even how the reprimands are called. Two referees are responsible for the game being played according to the rules.
Each team is made up of 5 players. In that, it resembles bubble football, which is normally also played by 10 divided into two teams. But in the case of beach soccer, there is a goalkeeper, so 4 players move on the field.
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More Rules of Beach Soccer
The cards are not 2 as in normal football, but 3. In addition to the yellow card to give someone touch and the red card for expulsions, there is a blue card that means the player is suspended for two minutes. If this card is removed, a yellow card cannot be drawn, and if during the two minutes the team fits a goal, the player returns to the game even if the time has not expired. Two blue cards are a red card and expulsion. If any of the teams stay with two players or less, the match is over.
The playing times are three, and each of them lasts 12 minutes. When a free kick is taken, a penalty or a waste of time stops the clock so that it is played effectively. If there is a tie at the end of the game, an extra time of 3 minutes is played, which follows the penalty if it continues. There always has to be a winner.
Have you ever played beach soccer? Tell us what was your best play, we are looking forward to meet you!