Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

FIFA Strasse 20, P.O Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland, +41 (0) 43 222 7777

Draw for FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 to be held in Marseilles on 27 August

FIFA is pleased to announce that the draw for the second FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place at the Hotel Sofitel Palm Beach, 200 Corniche J.F Kennedy, 13007 Marseilles (France) on Sunday, 27 August 2006 at 21.00 CET.

The event will determine the fixtures for the group stage of the 10-day, 16-team tournament, which will take place on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach from 2 to 12 November 2006. The field for the competition comprises teams from all six confederations: 3 from AFC (Bahrain, Japan and Iran), 2 from CAF, 2 from CONCACAF, 3 from CONMEBOL (Argentina, Uruguay and hosts Brazil), 1 from OFC, and 5 from UEFA.

The draw will be conducted following the climax of the European qualifying event in Marseilles from 23 to 27 August, which will see UEFA’s best battling it out for Europe’s five tickets to the finals. Between 1 and 3 September, four teams from Oceania (Tahiti, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Vanuatu) will face off in Tahiti for the region’s one berth in Rio. The qualifying campaign for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 then continues with the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship on the sands of Punta Leona in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, between 13 and 17 September, before the final participants in the sport’s premier competition will be decided when the African qualifying tournament with Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa is held in Durban from 26 to 30 September.

Casting an eye forward to the final tournament itself, the official website for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006, , will once again offer the most extensive coverage of all the action during the event in Rio de Janeiro in November as well as providing reports on this month’s draw in Marseille and the remaining qualifying events. For full details about the competition, including updated team profiles, match schedule, host country information, qualifying competition reports, results from previous competitions and much more, visit the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup section of,2442,BSWC2006,00.html?comp=BSWC&year=2006

Note to editors:

No special accreditation will be required for the draw. Media representatives will, however, be required to present valid press passes. Free W-LAN will be provided. The draw will be followed by a media release.