2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

The 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship was a beach soccer tournament which took place in Nassau from 20 to 26 February 2017.[1] This was the second time that the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship was held in the Bahamas. All matches were played at the Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility.

2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualification (CONCACAF)
Tournament details
Host country  Bahamas
City Nassau
Dates 20–26 February 2017
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Panama (1st title)
Runners-up  Mexico
Third place  El Salvador
Fourth place  Guadeloupe
Tournament statistics
Matches played 48
Goals scored 381 (7.94 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ramón Maldonado
Marlon Meza
(12 goals each)
Best player(s) Alfonso Maquensi
Best young player Jamal Haynes
Best goalkeeper Diego Villaseñor
Fair play award  Canada
2015
2019
International football competition

The tournament aimed to crown the best beach soccer nation on the continent and also served as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier for teams from North, Central America and Caribbean which are members of CONCACAF, where the top two teams qualified for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup also to be held in the Bahamas.[2]

In a shock turn of events, the considerably inexperienced Panama thwarted all four of the nations who have dominated the tournament historically to surprisingly claim their first title. Panama’s group stage victory all but condemned 2015 runners up Costa Rica to their earliest ever exit, their defeat of two-time winners, the United States, in the quarter-finals also ensured the Americans’ most premature departure. They then defeated former World Cup semi-finalists El Salvador in the semi-finals and three time and defending champions Mexico in the final.[3]

As the finalists, Panama and Mexico qualified for the World Cup, the former for the first time (and the first new North American World Cup debutants since 2009), the latter for the fifth time.[4]

This was a groundbreaking CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship; it marked only the second time in the seven championships to date (other than in 2006) that the quartet of Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States and Mexico did not all finish together in some combination in first through fourth place.

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The following 16 teams entered the tournament.[1]

North American Zone
Central American Zone
Caribbean Zone
  •  Antigua and Barbuda
  •  Bahamas (hosts)
  •  Barbados (replaced  Guatemala of Central American Zone)
  •  Guadeloupe
  •  Guyana

Notes
  • Bahamas has already qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup as hosts.
  • Guadeloupe is not a FIFA member and thus ineligible to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
  • Should Bahamas and/or Guadeloupe advance to the final, the next eligible highest-placed team would qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
  • On 28 October 2016, FIFA suspended the National Football Federation of Guatemala for political interference by the Government of Guatemala. Until the suspension is lifted, Guatemalan teams are not permitted to participate in international competitions.[5]CONCACAF had set the deadline of 16 December 2016 for the suspension to be lifted, otherwise by rule, Guatemala would be disqualified from the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, and any replacement team or revision to the tournament format would be discussed once the deadline had passed.[6] On 23 December, CONCACAF announced that Barbados would take the place of Guatemala.[7]

The draw of the tournament was held on 17 October 2016, 10:00 UTC−4, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Florida.[8] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams, with the following seeding based on the BSWW Beach Soccer rankings:[9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  •  Guadeloupe
  •  Turks and Caicos Islands
  •  U.S. Virgin Islands
  •  Guyana
Notes
  • The draw started by selecting from a separate pot, which contained the five teams (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands) with the same exact ranking (38). These teams were drawn and placed into Pots 3 and 4 respectively to complete the distribution of the teams into those Pots.
  • Guatemala were initially part of the draw, but were replaced by Barbados afterwards.

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