Complex Esportiu Futbol Salou (Salou, Tarragona) will become, between the 9th and the 12th of May, the access door to the World Beach Games San Diego 2019 for the European national teams. 16 men’s and 6 women’s teams will vie for one of the quota places reserved for the Old Continent’s teams at the world beach multi-sport event.
For 4 days, the World Beach Games – Europe Qualifier Salou will bring the best continental beach soccer to the heart of the Costa Daurada, with a top-level competition where the continent’s most powerful teams will compete to earn their berth for the first edition of the World Beach Games.
In the men's pool, with 16 teams fighting in a play-off knockout system, four national teams will secure qualification to this first World Beach Games which will be held in San Diego, California (EEUU), between the 9th and the 14th of October. The fifth-place finisher in Salou will also have the opportunity to vie for one berth to San Diego, in a future match against the 3rd best-ranked CONMEBOL team.
After the draw, held this morning at the Beach Soccer Worldwide site, the journey to the final has been defined for all the teams. As luck would have it, Spain has been positioned in the lower position of the draw where we can also find Turkey, its rival in the last-16, Belarus and Czech Republic, to whom it may play against in the quarter finals. In this same group we can find Italy, the current European champion, Greece, England and France.
In the other group we can find Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Germany, Azerbaijan, Norway and Kazakhstan.
Women's national teams from Spain, England, Russia, Czech Republic and Switzerland will also take part in this World Beach Games – Europe Qualifier Salou. In this case, it will be a round-robin tournament where only the two finalists of the play-offs will travel to San Diego.
Between the 9th and the 12th of May, beach soccer supporters will be able to enjoy at the excellent Complex Esportiu Futbol Salou a top-rated event. With an average of one shot on goal every 30 seconds and of nine goals per game, beach soccer ensures strong emotions and a unique atmosphere with music, dance performances and sheer spectacle. Salou will witness it at first hand in a free access festival.
More information: beachsoccer.com