Fifa, football’s global governing body, has announced today (Wednesday) that it has received bids from Russia, Chile and El Salvador to host its Beach Soccer World Cup in 2021.
Fifa will review and assess the bids and a final decision on the host, or hosts, is expected to be made during the Fifa Council meeting in Shanghai, China on October 23-24.
This year’s Beach Soccer World Cup will be held in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion from November 21 to December 1. The defending champion is Brazil, which picked up its 14th title at the 2017 tournament in the Bahamas.
Fifa launched the bidding process for the 2021 tournament in May this year. Member associations had until June 5 to declare their interest in hosting the event, with the deadline for submission of definitive bids passing on August 30.
The tournament launched in 1995 as the Beach Soccer World Championship, before falling under Fifa’s operation in 2005 when it was rebranded as the Beach Soccer World Cup. Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach staged every edition up to 2007 before the competition headed to France in 2008.
Other countries to have hosted since then include United Arab Emirates, Italy, French Polynesia and Portugal.