As part of its efforts to promote and develop football and its equipment throughout the world, FIFA introduced the FIFA Quality Concept for Beach Soccer balls in May 2006. In order to ensure that footballs for Beach Soccer are of consistent and highest quality throughout the world, only balls that pass the stringent laboratory tests qualify for the FIFA INSPECTED or the higher FIFA APPROVED quality mark. Given the specific characteristics of the game of beach soccer the quality criteria have been adapted accordingly.
FIFA is convinced that Beach Soccer is and will increasingly become an important and attractive part of the sport of football. With the extension of the FIFA Quality Concept, FIFA is responding to the growing demand for playing beach soccer and everyone can be assured to have a top quality football by looking for the FIFA marks. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be held annually and developed on a worldwide level and with this step FIFA will ensure that the sport is pushed to the next level in terms of quality, recognition and prominence.
Over the past decade, Beach Soccer has journeyed from the beaches of Brazil to the hearts of millions of fans all over the globe. The participation of internationally renowned players such as flamboyant Frenchman Eric Cantona , legendary Spanish strikers Michel and Julio Salinas and Brazilian samba stars such as Romario , Junior and Zico has helped to expand television coverage to large audiences in over 170 countries worldwide, making Beach Soccer one of the fastest growing professional sports in the world and converting it into a major showcase for international commercial opportunity.
"Beach Soccer is an immensely attractive and exciting variation of association football. Since being introduced just over a decade ago, the sport has grown steadily in terms of popularity and sophistication," remarked FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. "It is therefore absolutely logical for FIFA, the governing body of football, to extend its reach into Beach Soccer and we look forward to bringing all of the knowledge and expertise that FIFA has to improving Beach Soccer, whilst being careful to preserve the sense of spontaneity and fun that are essential to the sport."