Beach goals: International beach soccer returns to Dubai


Catch all the acrobatic kicks, flips and tricks in at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2018. The shamelessly sun-kissed cousin of the beautiful game.

Some of the world’s best players on sand will be making their way to Kite Beach for the matches held between 6th and 10th November. The 2018 cup will be contested by the UAE (pictured, come on you white falcons) Egypt, Brazil, Spain in group A. And Tahiti, USA, Iran and Russia in Group B. Setting up some potentially thrilling grudge matches.

I like football, will I like beach soccer? 

Well, there’s not a huge difference as far as the main objectives and rules are concerned. But there are average scoring rates of one goal every three to four minutes.

So unless you’re a soccer fan that’s thrilled by the relentless pursuit of corner kicks, this is probably excellent news.

How does beach soccer vary from the traditional game of football? 

The game takes place on a more compact field of play, making scoring possible from almost anywhere on the pitch. There are five players on the sand from each team at a time.

There is almost zero chance of stud-related injuries, as footwear is prohibited, and the relative softness of sand makes it a much more comfortable landing for overhead bicycle kick attempts.

We’re still waiting for confirmation that admission to the games will be free. As soon as we have that information we will share it with you.

The schedule for the group matches are as follows: 

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With a few weeks before it all kicks off, why not stare open jawed at some of the silky skills and awesome goals of the 2017 tournament below:


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