FIFA has received only three bids for the hosting rights of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2021.
FIFA had floated an RFP for the hosting rights of the biennial event. As the timeline for submitting the bids closed earlier this week, only three nations have made bids to host the prestigious event.
The world governing body for football has received bids only from the following three member associations to host the unique football competition on sand fields in 2021:
Football Union of Russia
Chilean Football Association
Salvadoran Football Association
If given a favourable vote, Russia might well host a second major FIFA World event within three years of hosting the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2019.
As stated in the Overview of the Bidding Process, FIFA will review and assess the bids, and a final decision on the host(s) is expected to be made by the FIFA Council at its next meeting in Shanghai, China PR, on 23 and 24 October.
The tournament had started as the Beach Soccer World Championship in 1995. The first 13 editions till 2007 were all hosted by Brazil. Thereafter France, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Tahiti, Portugal and Bahamas have hosted the event once.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 will be held this year from 21 November – 1 December in Asuncion (Paraguay).
Brazil, the defending champions, are by far the most successful team in the tournament’s history and boast 14 titles.