The past
A team whose roots can be traced back to an initiative started by a group of fishermen, the global beach soccer scene quickly fell in love with El Salvador. The Central Americans made history by sealing qualification for the last two editions of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – Marseille 2008 and Dubai 2009 – to underline the sheer talent in the ranks of this humble but hugely gifted side.

The present
El Salvador’s next mission is to pick up their first-ever point at the finals of a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Given the evidence of their CONCACAF qualifying campaign, when they finished runners-up to host nation Mexico, there is no reason this predominantly young side should not dare to dream.

The future
Most of El Salvador’s key men in clinching a berth at Ravenna/Italy 2011 are under 25 years of age, which hints at a bright future for the national side. Attacker Frank Velasquez, for example, who top scored and was voted best player at the qualifying tournament in Puerto Vallarta, is just 23.

Key players
Frank Velasquez, Agustin Ruiz

Qualifying statistics
Following high-scoring wins over Canada and Jamaica, 6-3 and 10-8 respectively, El Salvador then needed penalties to beat first-round rivals Mexico after a 3-3 draw, before edging out semi-final opponents Costa Rica on spot-kicks after that match had also ended 3-3. With both teams’ passages to Ravenna/Italy 2011 in the bag, hosts El Tri avenged that earlier reverse by downing the Salvadorans 5-3 in the final.

The numbers game
3 - By clinching a third consecutive trip to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, El Salvador have matched a feat only previously achieved by one CONCACAF side: United States (2005, 2006 and 2007).