Belly Dancing

Equipment

Goals Shin Guards Soccer Ball

Rules

Games are played on 36-meter by 27-meter rectangular area, made entirely of sand. The center line is marked with two red flags placed opposite each other in the center of the playing area. Games consist of three 12-minute periods. Three minutes of extra time, followed by a penalty shootout is added if teams are tied at the end of regulation. Teams consist of five players, including a goalkeeper. Teams usually feature 3 to 5 reserve players that can be substituted an unlimited amount of times. Players can advance the ball using any means except their arms or hands. Goalkeepers can use any part of their body to stop the ball. Goal kicks are taken in the form of throws by goalkeepers. Players are not permitted to wear shoes while playing. Yellow and red cards are given by referees as a result of illegal play. The team with the most goals at the end of the game is winner.

Description

Beach Soccer is a form of soccer played on a shortened playing field made of sand. Because of the irregularity of the playing surface, players must rely heavily on improvisation. Beach soccer is a sport known for high scoring and a large amount of improvisation by its players. It's played on a small, rectangular area covered in sand. Games last 36 minutes, and are split into three 12-minute periods. Teams consist of five players who are tasked with using their legs, feet and heads to put the ball into the opposition's goal. The team with the most goals at the end of play is the winner.

History

Beach soccer was first played on the beaches of Brazil as a fun and casual way of playing soccer. In 1992 Beach Soccer Worldwide was established as a governing body and tournament organizer. In 1995 the first Beach Soccer World Championship was held. By the start of the new millennium leagues were established in North American and Europe. Today beach soccer is a popular casual and competitive sport. It is most popular in South America and Europe.