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As the teams aiming for glory make their final preparations ahead of the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, this is your chance to learn everything you need to know about the teams, the fixtures, the stars and the history of the game.
If you are not yet familiar with this spectacular discipline, you soon will be. Played with teams of five on the most stunning beaches in the world, beach soccer has been growing at a blistering pace ever since the Laws of the Game were written up in 1992.
The discipline was born in football-mad Brazil, and it is only fitting that it returns there for the first-ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The tournament starts later this month on mythical Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro so, before the action gets underway, brush up on your knowledge of Brazil and Copacabana beach itself.
With former FC Barcelona ace Romario set to defend the host nation's colours and all the stars of the game due to take part, there are sure to be fireworks when the hopefuls compete for glory between 8 and 15 May. Get to know all about the best players on the planet and keep tabs on the fixture calendar .
Twelve teams will be taking part in this inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The final place from Europe is yet to be decided (link Seb story), but you can get the lowdown on how the other eleven sides earned their ticket to Brazil, and read our profiles on each one.
FIFA.com has already been gearing up for this groundbreaking event, and our coverage will take you right to the heart of the action when the tournament begins. Stay in touch through our interviews, previews, match reports, photo galleries and video highlights, which are guaranteed to bring all the atmosphere of the beaches of Rio into your very own home.