Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

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Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations
Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations logo.png
Founded 2006; 12 years ago (2006)
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 8 (finals)
Nº in qualifiers varies
Qualifier for FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Current champions  Senegal (4th title)
Most successful team(s)  Senegal (4 titles)
Website cafonline.com
2018 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (BSAFCON) is the main championship for beach soccer in Africa,[1] contested between senior men's national teams who are members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).[2] It is the sport's version of the better known Africa Cup of Nations in association football.

The winners of the championship are crowned continental champions;[3] the tournament also acts as the qualification route for African nations to the upcoming edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.[2] Coinciding with the annual staging of the World Cup, the competition took place yearly until 2009; the World Cup then became biennial, and as its supplementary qualification event, the championship followed suit.

The championship was established in 2006 when FIFA made it a requirement for all confederations to begin holding qualification tournaments to determine the best national team(s) in their region and hence those who would proceed to represent their continent in the upcoming World Cup (previously, nations were simply invited to play without having to earn their place).[4] FIFA currently allocate Africa two berths at the World Cup[5] and hence the top two teams (the winners and the runners-up) qualify to the World Cup finals.[6]

Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) originally organised the competition[7] under the title FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup CAF qualifier[8] (also known informally as the CAF Beach Soccer Championship).[9] Despite historically having minimal input (often only sending delegates),[10] CAF became lead organisers in 2015,[11] establishing a qualification phase to determine the elite eight nations to compete in the tournament finals. CAF also began using the BSAFCON title to which the competition was officially renamed for the next edition,[12] scheduled for 2017. However, CAF later announced that since three of its competitions were already held in odd-numbered years, the tournament would now be held in even-numbered years henceforth to desaturate the calendar, starting with 2016.[13]

Senegal are the most successful nation having won the event four times and are also the current champions. In terms of success in qualifying to the World Cup, again Senegal are the most outstanding nation, having qualified in six out of eight attempts. Nigeria follow closely behind, with five qualifications.

Results

For all tournaments, the top two teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Year Location Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup CAF qualifier (CAF Beach Soccer Championship)
2006
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Cameroon
5 – 3
Nigeria

Egypt
8 – 3
Ivory Coast
2007
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Nigeria
6 – 5
Senegal

Ivory Coast
2 – 0
South Africa
2008
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Senegal
12 – 6
Cameroon

Ivory Coast
6 – 3
Egypt
2009
details
South Africa Durban, South Africa
Nigeria
7 – 4
Ivory Coast

Senegal
6 – 4
Egypt
2011
details
Morocco Casablanca, Morocco
Senegal
7 – 4
Nigeria

Egypt
4 – 4 (a.e.t.)
1–0 (p)

Madagascar
2013
details
Morocco El Jadida, Morocco
Senegal
4 – 1
Ivory Coast

Morocco
7 – 2
Nigeria
Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations
2015
details
Seychelles Roche Caiman, Seychelles
Madagascar
1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
1–0 (p)

Senegal

Nigeria
9 – 1
Ivory Coast
2016
details
Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria
Senegal
8 – 4
Nigeria

Egypt
4 – 1
Morocco
2018
details
Egypt Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Performance

Successful nations

Team Titles Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Total top 4
 Senegal 4 (2008, 2011, 2013, 2016) 2 (2007, 2015) 1 (2009) 7
 Nigeria 2 (2007, 2009) 3 (2006, 2011, 2016*) 1 (2015) 1 (2013) 7
 Cameroon 1 (2006) 1 (2008) 2
 Madagascar 1 (2015) 1 (2011) 2
 Ivory Coast 2 (2009, 2013) 2 (2007, 2008) 2 (2006, 2015) 6
 Egypt 3 (2006, 2011, 2016) 2 (2008, 2009) 5
 Morocco 1 (2013*) 1 (2016) 2
 South Africa 1 (2007*) 1
* = Hosts

Overall standings

As of 2016

Pos Team App Pld W W+ WP L GF GA GD Pts Avg. Pts
1  Senegal 7 33 24 1 1 7 192 120 +72 75 2.27
2  Nigeria 8 35 21 2 1 11 215 148 +67 68 1.94
3  Ivory Coast 8 35 15 1 4 15 156 154 +2 51 1.46
4  Egypt 8 34 14 1 2 17 152 137 +15 46 1.35
5  Morocco 6 24 12 0 0 12 110 94 +16 36 1.5
6  Madagascar 4 17 7 1 2 7 85 70 +15 24 1.41
7  Cameroon 3 12 6 0 1 5 55 55 0 19 1.58
8  South Africa 5 15 4 0 0 11 60 65 –5 12 0.8
9  Ghana 3 12 2 0 0 10 48 76 –28 6 0.5
10  Cape Verde 2 7 1 0 1 5 22 46 –24 4 0.57
11  Mozambique 3 9 1 0 1 7 25 59 –34 4 0.44
12  Algeria 1 3 1 0 0 2 14 19 –5 3 1
13  Mauritius 1 2 0 0 0 2 3 23 –20 0 0
14  Seychelles 1 5 0 0 0 5 6 34 –28 0 0
15  Libya 4 11 0 0 0 11 46 79 –43 0 0

Key: Appearances App / Won in Normal Time W = 3 Points / Won in Extra Time W+ = 2 Points / Won in Penalty shoot-out WP = 1 Point / Lost L = 0 Points

Appearances & performance timeline

The following is a performance timeline of the teams who have appeared in the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations and how many appearances they each have made.

Legend
Team \ Years 2006
South Africa
(6)
2007
South Africa
(8)
2008
South Africa
(8)
2009
South Africa
(9)
2011
Morocco
(9)
2013
Morocco
(8)
2015
Seychelles
(8)
2016
Nigeria
(8)
2018
Egypt
(8)
Apps
 Algeria × × × × 6th × × × × 1
 Cameroon 1st R1 2nd × × × ×× × × 3
 Cape Verde × 6th R1 × × × × × 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 7th 2nd 4th 6th 8
 Egypt 3rd 5th 4th 4th 3rd R1 6th 3rd q 9
 Ghana × × × × × R1 7th 7th × 3
 Libya × × × R1 8th R1 ×× 8th 4
 Madagascar × × × × 4th R1 1st 5th 4
 Mauritius × × × R1 × × × × 1
 Morocco 6th × × 5th 5th 3rd 5th 4th 6
 Mozambique × R1 R1 6th × × 3
 Nigeria 2nd 1st R1 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd q 9
 Senegal × 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st q 8
 Seychelles × × × × × × 8th × × 1
 South Africa 5th 4th R1 R1 9th × × 5

Superscript key
1. In 2006, 2011, 2015 & 2016 there were placement matches to decide all final rankings, unlike other years.
2. A preliminary qualifying round was introduced from 2015 onwards.

Performance of qualifiers at the World Cup

The following is a performance timeline of the CAF teams who have gone on to appear in the World Cup, having successfully qualified from the above events (since mandatory qualification began in 2006).

Legend
Team \ Years Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
notavailable
2019
Total
 Cameroon R1 R1 2
 Ivory Coast R1 R1 2
 Madagascar R1 1
 Nigeria R1 QF R1 QF R1 5
 Senegal QF R1 QF R1 R1 QF 6
Total no. of unique qualifiers 5

References

  1. ^ "Four countries lead formation of West Africa Beach Soccer Union". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Regulations of the African Beach Soccer Championship" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Senegal crowned AFCON champions". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 qualifiers to start in Brazil on 5 March". FIFA. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "World Cup gets bigger". FIFA. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Glossary / Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations". lechicfootafrique.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  7. ^ "Regulations FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2006" (PDF). fifa.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Gaich, Rémi (11 January 2016). BSWW competitions / National teams. Barcelona: Beach Soccer Worldwide. pp. 14, 15, 19. 
  9. ^ "Senegal claim African crown". FIFA. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  10. ^ "CAF BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS BEGIN IN MOROCCO". CAF. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  11. ^ "CAF COMPETITIONS / 13. African Beach Soccer Championship". CAF. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "CAF renames six competitions". Daily Post (Nigeria). 11 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  13. ^ "Nigeria to host 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations". Goal (website). 16 February 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 

External links

  • Confederation of African Football, official website
  • Beach Soccer Worldwide, official website.
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