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22 Sep 2014

New Laws of the Game reinforce the sport

Josep Ponset is Beach Soccer Worldwide Head of Competitions

The beach Soccer world moves quickly, and after the exciting European season, it is time for a bit of analysis. It appears truly clear to all of us that this season has been a resounding success both in terms of events and participation, and looking back on it, the changes in the laws of the game, such as the shortened time allowed for dead balls and the added protection for players attempting a bicycle, or the change in the positioning of players in free-kicks in line with the corner kick flags (and not to the goal posts) are just some of the examples that change is good. The laws were agreed upon by BSWW and FIFA at a meeting in Dubai so as to make the sport faster and more dynamic, and beginning with the first Euro Beach Soccer League 2014 event in Catania, Italy, they have proven to do just that. 


The correct amendments have been successfully implemented to help the sport consolidate, and, at the same time, contribute to an even more dynamic spectacle. In an excellent Euro Beach Soccer League 2014, the BSWW Mundialito in Espinho, the Euro Beach Soccer Cup 2014 in Baku, and a terrific FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2015 - Qualifier Europe Jesolo-Italy, the amelioration within the games' pace and the common understanding of the laws of the game by players, coaches, referees and fans unmistakably indicate that these modifications are having a positive impact on the game. Beach soccer has proven to be a progressive sport, has not shied away from change, and will continue to listen to its fans about improving the game.


The improvements within the game and outside have been plentiful in 2014 and that is just the beginning as there are even higher expectations for 2015. We can talk about how we have increased the number of teams competing in our most prestigious events, club and national. Or about consolidating the format of the EBSL. Or about the number of scissor kicks and goals this year. But for me the most important indicator of the sport’s growing strength is its accessibility. The sport has reached new heights due to the increasing number of events in new beach soccer cities, including Siófok, Hungary, and Sopot, Poland, and through new media outlets. 


Besides all of that, Baku strongly embraced beach soccer again this season as well, hosting the Euro Beach Soccer Cup after taking a one year hiatus and, more importantly, the European Games will be held in there in 2015. The venue is spectacular and after visiting it and with the Baku European Games Organizing Committee the support and full cooperation is already in place. We can't wait to see it all happen...


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