FIFA Beach Soccer Laws of the Game 2015-2016.
Please note: Unless specifically mentioned in the tournament rules below,
the 2015-16 Laws of the Game together with any FIFA circulars shall be used.
||Official FIFA Beach Soccer 2015-16 Laws of the Game
||Top 12 Beach Soccer Laws - 2015-16
Team Roster Size:
- 2010 (U9C) - 2007 (U10): Minimum 6, Maximum 14 players
- 2006 (U11) and higher; Minimum 6, Maximum 16 players
Number of Players:
- 5 on the field (4 Field + 1 Keeper)
- 2009 - 2010 (U9B - U9C) - 6 on the field (5 Field + 1 Keeper)
- 3 periods of 11 minutes each (Pro Division periods are 12 minutes each)
Number of Games:
- 3 games guaranteed with opportunity to advance to semi's/finals
- 2010 - 2007 (U9C - U10) Goal Size is 7.2 x 18 feet
- 2006 (U11) - Adult Goal Size is 7.2 x 18 feet
- 2010 - 2005 (U9C - U12) Ball Size 4
- 2004 (U13) - Adult Ball Size 5
- Note: Beach Soccer Jam uses ball size 5 for all ages
- Sand socks are allowed (and available at the event)
Adult Co-ed Teams:
- Must have a minimum 3 females with at least 1 female on the field at all times.
Objective of the Game:
- The game is played for leisure, team play, friendship, and healthy competition. Fair play is the essence of the game.
The Tournament Committee's interpretation of these rules shall be final and binding. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide all matters pertaining to this tournament.
Teams should arrive at the scheduled field 30 minutes prior to game time to be checked in by the appropriate official. Teams may warm-up in any area other than the field of play and directly behind the goal area while a game is in progress. Space will be provided throughout the tournament area for warming up.
No protests will be allowed.
A team shall be allowed a 5-minute grace period after the scheduled kick-off in the preliminary rounds before the match is awarded to their opponent. A minimum of 4 players constitutes a team, and if 4 players are present the match may not be delayed.
If during the course of the match a team falls below the minimum 4 players, the game will be forfeited to their opponent. A team that has forfeited a game may not advance to the finals. If an apparent group winner forfeits, the group team with the next best record will be declared the group winner. A forfeit in the preliminary rounds shall be awarded as 3 points for a win with the score 3-0.
At the conclusion of the preliminary matches, each team will be ranked according to their performance. This ranking will determine the teams that will meet in the final matches.
The ranking criteria are as follows:
- Win - 3 points
- Tie - 1 point
- Loss - 0 points
- Win by forfeit - 3 points.
The team with the most match points finishes first.
In the event of a tie within a division, the following tiebreaker rules will be applied in order:
- Winner of head-to-head competition
- Least goals allowed during the preliminary matches
- Goal differential
- Penalty kick shoot-out
If 3 teams are tied for any position, the above process will be used, except head-to-head competition will be eliminated and the first tiebreaker will be least goals allowed.
A match that has been cancelled by the Tournament Committee will be awarded a 0-0 tie.
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear on the field of play as scheduled, ready to play unless notified by a member of the Tournament Committee. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match. Only the referee or the Tournament Committee can cancel or delay a match.
Inclement Weather causing cancellation before the match:
Referee and/or the Tournament Committee may reduce the length of a match, and subsequent matches. If a match is cancelled the Tournament Committee will award a 0-0 tie.
If a championship round cannot begin, a shoot-out will take place to determine the winner. If a shoot-out cannot take place, the match will be decided by the toss of a coin.
Inclement Weather causing cancellation during the Match:
The match will be considered completed and the score will stand if one period has been completed. If less than one period of the match has been completed, the Tournament Committee will award a 0-0 tie.
The match will be considered completed and the score will stand if one period has been completed. If less than one period of the match has been completed or if a tie exists at the stoppage of play, a shoot-out will take place to determine the winner. If a shoot-out cannot take place the winner will be decided by the toss of a coin.
Inclement Weather causing postponement of the Tournament:
Severe inclement weather could cause the postponement of the tournament to the rain date. Refunds will not be issued if the tournament is postponed.
Inclement Weather causing cancellation of the Tournament:
Severe inclement weather could cause the shortening or cancellation of the tournament, even if already postponed until the rain date. In the event some games have been played, the Tournament Committee will endeavor to determine standings based on the games played. Regardless, refunds will not be issued if the tournament is shortened or cancelled due to inclement weather, regardless of the date.
A Short History
The first games of beach soccer were played more than thirty years ago on the beaches of Brazil. The game has become very popular in its home country where pick-up and more organized matches dominate beach space.
In the 1980's beach soccer started creeping northward with tournaments cropping up in San Jose, Virginia Beach (the North American Sand Soccer Championships are held there with more than 200 teams participating each year), Cape Cod, Newport, Atlantic Beach, Miami and New York. There are now more than fifteen tournaments in the United States that attract more than 10,000 beach soccer players.
The first Pro Beach Soccer event was held in 1993 on the Beach of Miami Florida. The Pro Beach Soccer Tour, operated out of the United States, is now a sixteen-stop summer long endeavor that attracts audiences of more than 5,000 people per match. Pro Tournaments are hosted in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
The first Cape Express Beach Blast was held in 2003 with 72 teams and 10 fields. In year two there were 262 teams with 30 fields. Year three had 56 fields and 560 teams. Year four was maxed out at an even 600 teams. Year 5 ...