Japan Beach Soccer National Team to compete at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™
22 April 2021
It has been determined that the Japan Beach Soccer National Team will be participating in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™ in August.
Originally, the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup was supposed to serve as the qualification round to determine the AFC representatives, but the tournament was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has made the decision to name Japan, Oman, and UAE as qualifiers based on their track record in past competitions.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™
Date: 19 – 29 August 2021
Host Nation: Russia
* 11th FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup appearance for Japan Beach Soccer National Team (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
* Best finish: Fourth Place at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2005 and FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019™
Comment of MOREIRA Ozu, Coach of Japan Beach Soccer National Team
We were able to earn our ticket to the World Cup because of the past achievements of the Japan Beach Soccer National Team, so we are grateful to all the people who were involved with the national team. Despite having limited time, we will thoroughly prepare ourselves, carry the momentum from the 2019 World Cup, and enter the tournament as one team. We will strive to win the World Cup title and bring energy to the beach soccer scenes in Japan.
Comment of KITAZAWA Tsuyoshi, Chairman of JFA Futsal Committee
Perhaps this was not the way we anticipated to qualify for the World Cup, but I believe that this was a result of us always striving to meet the world standards. Along with coach Moreira, who is also a world class player, we will give our best efforts to showcase the new and improved Japan Beach Soccer National Team. We will compete with a sense of gratitude towards all of our fans and strive to make a deeper run than we did two years ago.
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