CONCACAF and Bahamas Football Associations officials after the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Draw, accompanied by Beach Soccer Worldwide representatives and the 16 participating teams delegations. The draw took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Doral, Florida on October 17, 2016.
The Bahamas will host the tournament that will be focused on growing the game
DORAL, Florida – As the Confederation held the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Draw on Monday, General Secretary Philippe Moggio and Bahamas Football Association President Anton Sealy took the stage at the Intercontinental Hotel to emphasize the potential to grow the game.
The draw determined the four groups and match schedule for the 16 teams that will compete in the CONCACAF championship, which kicks off on February 20, 2017. In an effort to further increase competitiveness in this category, each of the participating teams are guaranteed to play six games, with all competing for final tournament placement, until the last match date.
By virtue of hosting the tournament, the Bahamas has been given the top seed in Group A. The champion and the runner-up will join Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 that will be held in Nassau from April 27 to May 7.
“The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 and the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship will enable the Confederation to leverage beach soccer as a powerful platform to strengthen the game within our region,” said Moggio, adding that the tournaments will be staged at the new beach soccer stadium at Malcolm Park.
The General Secretary highlighted that the sport is now played in more than 100 countries within the six confederations of FIFA. The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship has been contested on six previous occasions. Mexico has won a record three titles, while the United States has lifted the trophy twice and El Salvador once.
To support promotion of the game, since 2014, CONCACAF has conducted many beach soccer courses aimed at improving coaching and refereeing in this unique category.
During his presentation at the draw, BFA President Anton Sealy echoed Moggio’s remarks.
“These competitions will have a major impact on our country and the Caribbean,” said Sealy. “Beach soccer is a vital form of football and the tournaments are extraordinary opportunities to develop talent and encourage greater participation among our youth.”
Since the Bahamas hosted the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, the BFA has concentrated its efforts in building a foundation for the sport by investing in beach soccer programs and infrastructure.
Further information on the draw schedule is available here.