The draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia from August 19 to 29, was held yesterday evening in Zurich, Switzerland, with the participation of 16 teams. The draw resulted in the national team falling into the second group, which seems balanced, along with Mozambique, Spain and Tahiti, while the first group included Russia, the United States, Paraguay and Japan, and in the third group Belarus, El Salvador, Switzerland and Brazil, and the fourth group Portugal, Oman, Senegal and Uruguay.
The team will start its campaign against Tahiti on the 19th of August, and in the second match it will meet Mozambique on the 21st of the same month, and it will play its third match against Spain on 23 August. According to the tournament system, the first and second place winners from each of the four groups qualify for the quarter-finals, scheduled for August 26, with the semi-final matches to be held on the 28th, while the final match and the match for third and fourth places will be played on the 29th of the same month. .
A member of the Board of Directors of the Football Association and Chairman of the Beach Soccer Committee, Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi, confirmed in a press statement that the draw resulted in strong confrontations between the teams participating in the four groups, stressing his great confidence in the Al-Abyad players, and their ability to provide a distinguished technical level, and continue to achieve achievements. A new athlete for the Emirati beach soccer, during the upcoming participation in the World Cup.
Al-Badwawi pointed to the great interest and support provided by the Board of Directors of the Football Association, headed by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al-Nuaimi, and his keenness to prepare the team in an excellent manner through internal camps, and to play friendly matches, in addition to the Football Association’s launch of the Beach Soccer League championship last April, Which contributed greatly to providing him with distinguished elements, who were involved and tested during the international friendly tournament organized by the Football Association last June, with the participation of the Oman and Senegal national teams, noting that the national team continues its preparations in its current internal camp in Dubai, in preparation for travel and participation in the friendly Ukraine Cup Which will be held in the capital, Kiev, from 21 to 23 July, with the participation of the teams of Ukraine, Oman and Turkey.
• The beach team is currently continuing its preparations in Dubai, in preparation for participating in the World Cup, which will be held between 19 and 29 August in Russia.
Today’s AFC U-23 Cup Qualifiers Draw
Today, the Asian Football Confederation will hold the qualifiers for the AFC U-23 Cup finals, scheduled for Uzbekistan 2022, at 11 am UAE time.
42 teams will participate in the qualifiers, competing during the period from 23 to 31 October in order to obtain 15 seats in the finals, to join Uzbekistan, host of the fifth edition of the tournament, which will be held for the first time in the central region.
During the draw, the teams will be divided into two geographical regions, the first comprising 23 teams from the west, south and center, while the second will consist of 19 teams from the East and ASEAN regions.
In the western region, the teams will be divided into six groups, so that five groups contain four teams, and the sixth group includes three teams, while the eastern region will witness the distribution of teams into five groups, including four groups of four teams, and a group of three teams.
The first-placed team in each group will qualify for the finals, along with the four best second-placed teams in the 11 groups.
The matches of the western groups will be hosted by the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Tajikistan, while the eastern groups will host China, Taipei, Indonesia, Mongolia and Singapore. These teams will be placed in the pot of the host countries, provided that their position in the group is according to their classification. It is expected that the qualifiers will witness strong matches due to the convergence of the level between the various teams.
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