The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 qualifier will be held in Costa Rica from 17 to 23 May. It was reported by the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) official website.
“This year is the Costa Rican Football Federation’s 100 year anniversary and we offer them our sincere congratulations on reaching such a hugely important milestone. We know they will do a fantastic job hosting the Concacaf Beach Soccer competition this year in what is sure to be a celebration of football,” said Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio.
The twelve Concacaf Member Associations that will participate are (in alphabetical order): Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the USA.
For the group stage, the 12 participating teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each. After round-robin play between May 17-19, the first and second-place finishers in each group and the two best third-place finishers will advance to the knockout stage.
The knockout stage will begin with the quarterfinal matches on 21 May, followed by the semifinals on 22 May. In addition to qualifying for the competition’s final, the two semifinal winners will earn a spot in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021. The final is scheduled for 23 May.
The official draw, which will determine the groups, will take place Monday, 8 March at 11:00 am EST, from the Concacaf Headquarters, in Miami, FL.
Fans will be able to follow the draw on Concacaf.com, as well as on the Confederation’s Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and Official App (available in the Apple and Google Play stores).
Further details on the competition, including the schedule, will be announced after the draw.