The Emirates Intercontinental Cup continues on Friday with playoff matches at Kite Beach
The Beach Soccer Stars is just hours away!
Players and coaches from around the world have come together in Dubai to attend the annual awards ceremony, to be held at the Westin Dubai hotel.
This year’s edition of the glittering gala, where beach soccer’s best and brightest stars are recognised in Dubai, is a little different. Previously held on the same day as the final of the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup, the 2022 edition will take place on Day 4 of the competition – tonight!
Meanwhile, at Kite Beach, the Emirates Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup continues as Spain, Japan, Saudi Arabia and USA compete for fifth place after being knocked out of the running for the 2022 title. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday.
Ahead of tonight’s gala, here is a reminder of the 2022 Beach Soccer Stars nominees:
Best Player: Noel Ott (SUI), Chiky Ardil (ESP) and Bê Martins (POR)
Best Women’s Player: Adriele Rocha (BRA), Andrea Mirón (ESP) and Bárbara Colodetti (BRA)
Best Goalkeeper: Dona (ESP), Eliott (SUI) and Yoao Rolón (PAR)
Best Coach: Ramiro Amarelle (UAE coach), Angelo Schirinzi (Switzerland coach) and Guga Zloccowick (Saudi Arabia coach)
Best Event: El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup 2022, Euro Winners Cup Nazaré and EBSL Div. B Moldova
Best Goal: Watch the 10 nominated goals here (voting has now closed)
There will also be a Rising Star award, won last year by Senegal’s Raoul Mendy, as well as the Best 5, whereby a team is put together of the ideal beach soccer starting five.
Previous winners of the Rising Star award include Noel Ott and Bê Martins, both of whom are nominated for the Best Player award this year.
The winners – except the Best Goal which is voted for by the public – are voted for by the captains and coaches of the national beach soccer teams.
Who will replace Japan’s Ozu and England’s Molly Clark as the world’s best players? Will Eliott retain his Best Goalkeeper title? Will Angelo Schirinzi finally win the Best Coach award on his sixth nomination?
Make sure you tune in from 8pm (Dubai time) to see who will make beach soccer history at the 2022 edition the Beach Soccer Stars.