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Basic Beach Soccer Rules

Basic Beach Soccer Rules

Beach soccer is the fastest-growing version of the most popular sport in the world. You only need a goal post and a football to play it. It’s a fun and easy way to encourage the sport among children. These are the basic rules of the barefoot version.

Field and Equipment Regulations

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Beach soccer can be played on a sandy shore, without any debris or other objects that could cause injury. The rectangular field measures approximately 115 feet in length and 90 feet in width. A 3.5 inch wide colored tape is used to mark the touchlines and ends. The red flags placed on each side mark the centerline. Two yellow flagpoles delineate the penalty area. Goals can be carried, but must be secured to the ground while in play.

The beach ball should be made of leather, or a similar material, and must be weatherproof. It should not lose its shape. Official FIFA logos should be included on all balls used in FIFA sanctioned competitions.

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Each team is represented by five players. One of the players serves as the goalkeeper. There can only be five substitutions during a match. Substitutes should hold up a sign informing which player they will be replacing. All substitutions must happen in the substitution area, which is clearly marked at the field.

The match will consist of three 12-minute play segments. Play may continue for longer if there are penalty or free kicks. Each play period is ended by the designated player who acts as the timekeeper. Between each time period, a 3-minute break is observed. If the match ends tied, an additional 3-minute period will be played. Alternate penalty kicks may be taken if there is still a tie at the end. The team that scores more goals than their opponent with equal number of kicks is declared the winner.