The Bahamas will host the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, the regional qualifying competition in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
The Bahamas will stage the event for the first time from May 8-12, with the winner and runner-up of the competition qualifying directly for the Beach Soccer World Cup, which will take place from September 18-28 at To’ata Stadium in Papeete, Tahiti. The hosting rights were acquired by the Bahamas Football Association in a deal with CONCACAF, the regional governing body, and Beach Soccer Worldwide, which operates the tournament.
“We are looking forward to hosting our confederation colleagues at our newly built facility located at Malcolm Park in Nassau on the Island of New Providence,” Anton Sealey, the president of the Bahamas Football Association, said. “As the first member in the Caribbean to host the event, we are looking forward to a greater number of participants from the Caribbean, taking advantage of the fact that the competition is being held in the Caribbean. This we hope will result in more of our Caribbean colleagues promoting this exciting brand of football in their respective associations.”
Joan Cusco, CEO of Beach Soccer Worldwide, said: “Taking the World Cup qualifier to the Caribbean was a necessary step to take. There’s a huge beach soccer potential in the region and that was the right moment to make it happen. The Bahamas is a great example of this, as they built an excellent permanent stadium thus proving a strong commitment with the sport and the possibilities it offers.” The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship has been held six times. Mexico has hosted the event on four occasions, while Costa Rica and Brazil have staged the tournament once each.