Qualifiers go to Acapulco
The third regional qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2007 is set to kick-off on 9 August at another of beach soccer's paradisiacal destinations: the Princess Hotel Stadium in Acapulco, Mexico.
The venue will host two simultaneous regional qualifying tournaments, with a total of eight teams battling for four places to play at beach soccer's showpiece event, which will take place at the renowned Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 2-22 November.
While Costa Rica, Mexico, USA and debutants El Salvador will be the four teams in search of a North, Central American and Caribbean Zone berth, the South American Zone representatives will be Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and a fourth nation still to be officially confirmed.
Both tournaments will be played in a round-robin format with doubleheader encounters from 9-11 August. Once qualification is complete, all teams will play-off against opposition from their neighbouring Zone, in order to determine the final rankings of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2007 Qualifier Acapulco.
Apart from the host country and defending champions Brazil, three other nations have already booked their tickets to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2007: Nigeria and Senegal were the two qualifiers from the African Zone, while the Solomon Islands snatched the lone Oceanian Zone berth.
The 16-team line up will be completed with three Asian Zone countries that will secure their places in Dubai (14-18 August) and the top five European Zone countries from the Marseilles event (21-26 August).