With less than 50 days to kick-off, The Bahamas, Tahiti, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Nigeria, Senegal, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Panama, Mexico, and now Iran, UAE and Japan, are all in full preparation mode for the tournament.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 is set for April 27 – May 7 in Nassau, Bahamas at the brand new state-of-the-art beach soccer facility at Malcolm Park. Entry to the stadium will be absolutely free of charge for the entire tournament on a first come first serve basis.
“The biggest names in beach soccer will be in The Bahamas for this 11-day tournament, and millions of sports fans will be focused on our great country,” said Local Organizing Committee Chairman, Jeffrey Beckles. “In just a few weeks we will welcome to our shores 15 nations from all over the world. This is significant for The Bahamas because we are now attracting people who may not have had our destination on their radar. Thanks to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, persons from Nigeria and UAE for example, now have a reason to visit and will get to experience what we have to offer. We want to make sure that they feel welcome, and once we dazzle them with our sun, sand, sea, hospitality and of course a world-class event, they will want to return.”
Team representatives were in Nassau last month for the Official Draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Many of them, including Ibrahim N’Diaye of Senegal, said they are expecting lots of visitors from their countries.
“We are very excited to play against The Bahamas. We are also very impressed with The Bahamas. It’s a very nice country with very nice colors. The sea is amazing. I feel like we are African brothers. I sent some pictures of The Bahamas home to Senegal to let them see how beautiful this country is,” N’Diaye said through a translator.
The Bahamas will play against Switzerland on Thursday, April 27, Senegal on Saturday, April 29 and Ecuador on Monday, May 1. The 16 teams are divided into four groups for the cup. The first and second place finishers from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.
Tickets for the highly anticipated event will be available free of charge for the entire competition. Fans will be required to collect their free ticket at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Stadium’s entrance gate. A ticket is valid for one entrance only. Spectators who leave the stadium will be required to collect another ticket for re-entry.
You can follow Team Bahamas at www.facebook.com/Bahamasbeachsoccer2017.