Beach code to kick off

Beach soccer is coming to the Cayman Islands, as the Cayman Islands Football Association prepares to launch a new series of competitions over the summer in association with Royal Palms, one of the country’s premier beach-front dining venues.

Beach soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and has seen an increased profile over the past five years following support from FIFA, the world governing body of football.

Beach soccer, which emphasises individual skill and improvisation, has gained huge popularity in South America and Europe, leading to the introduction of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Thanks to financial assistance and the donation of equipment from FIFA and the CIFA’s partnership with Royal Palms, there will now be age group leagues and host international tournaments.

Four leagues will be launched this summer in the senior men, senior women, under-17 boys, and under-17 girls age levels and will run from June to August.

In preparation for the start of these competitions, CIFA will be hosting an introductory education course for any interested coaches and referees at 10am on Sunday 17 April at Royal Palms.

Anyone interested in becoming a beach soccer referee or coach are encouraged to come out to attend this course on the rules and laws of beach soccer.

Anyone interested is asked to call the CIFA office at 949-5775 for more information.