India to have its First-Ever Beach Soccer Championship

By Community | January 21, 2013

India may have it’s first professional Beach Soccer Championship after Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) announced that it is looking to organise the event in Goa next month.

The Goa Football Association (GFA) and The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) are backing the officially sanctioned event, which will become a bi-annual feature in India.

The tournament will see the participation of prominent players from Goa’s popular football clubs and other prominent teams from around the country.

This first edition of the tournament will be held in Goa from February 7-10, in accordance with official sporting rules as laid out by BSWW. The tournament boasts of an exciting format of the sport of soccer, one that requires a fun surrounding, the right attitude and minimal equipment.

The teams will comprise of 10 players each – five on field and as many substitutes. The duration of play will include three periods of 12 minutes each, with a break of three minutes. In case of a tie at the end of regular time, there’s a three-minute extra time, before the penalty shootout.