Bahamas to host Beach Soccer World Cup

The Bahamas Football Association will host the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, so if the Cayman Islands gets to the finals, they will not have to travel too far.  

This marks an important landmark in the history of the Caribbean since the Bahamas will become the first country in the region to host a senior FIFA tournament. 

“It is an honor and privilege for CONCACAF to welcome such an appropriate tournament to the Caribbean region,” said CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb.  

“Congratulations to the Bahamas Football Association for their timely efforts in securing the bid. We wish them all the best in the ongoing preparations for this historic event and look forward to extending the Caribbean’s warmth and hospitality to all qualified teams in 2017.” 

CONCACAF has been steadily gaining presence in international football arena by committing to the full range of opportunities for growth. Beach soccer has gained increasing momentum and popularity since the first World Cup in 2005 and was popular when a tournament was held at Public Beach earlier this year. “This is fantastic and welcomed news, not only for the football family of the BFA, but the Bahamas in general,” said Anton Sealey, president of the Bahamas Football Association.  

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Beach football is really popular in Cayman. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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