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Pattaya Daily News

17 December 2006 :: 20:12:43 pm 7356

Jomtien To Host International Beach Football Tournament

Nine international teams of beach football players from Thailand, the UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Bangladesh and Pattaya Allstars Team will contend in the Championship Trophy from 18th and 23rd December on Jomtien Beach. Kick off is at 3pm.
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            Khun Wootisuk, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, chaired the preparatory meeting to arrange the tournament and was enthusiastic about the chances of Thailand, the favourites, retaining their laurels as the champions; the Thai team were the winners in last year’s tournament.

Beach soccer 

            The game is a version of association football, highlighting skill, agility and scoring. It’s a gage that’s been played recreationally on  beaches for ages, but in 1992, the game was regularized under the auspices of Beach Soccer Worldwide. Because of the unevenness of the sandy pitch, the game demands a high degree of improvisation from its participants. The compact pitch -28×37 metres – lets the players score from virtually any angle. Accordingly, with such a small arena, the scores are usually high, on average 11 goals per game.

three 12-minute periods

five players per team, including the goalkeeper

unlimited substitutions, from a choice of 3 – 5 extra players

every game must have a winner, the contest lasting for up to three minutes of overtime, followed by penalty kicks if the score remains tied

two referees per the match

fouls result in a free kick on goal, to be taken by the fouled player

blue cards may be issued, with the offender being banished for two minutes, whilst his team continues with one less player

shoes are not permitted

throw-ins are taken from the side lines, either with hands or feet

goal kicks are taken by the goalkeeper using his hands

Make sure you get there earlier than 3pm on December 18th; otherwise you might have to sit in the sea!

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Sports News

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