With its roots firmly planted in the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Beach Soccer has always had that distinct Brazilian flair. Over recent years, this rapidly growing brand of soccer has found its way into millions of homes around the globe. Despite a relatively short formal history, soccer has been played on beaches throughout the world for a number of years. However, it wasn't until 1992 before official laws were drafted by Giancarlo Signorini and a pilot event was staged in Los Angeles. The following summer saw the first professional Beach Soccer event taking place in Miami Beach, with Argentina, Brazil, and Italy taking on the American hosts. It wasn't long before network TV viewers got their first taste of Beach Soccer, as transmissions were broadcast from Copacabana in April of 1994. The following year, this same beach became the venue for the first edition of the Beach Soccer World Championship. Brazil claimed that title and the distinction of the first World Champions.

US National player, Jevin Albuquerque, performs bicycle kick
in Beach Soccer Stadium (Copacabana, Brazil)
Beach Soccer Stadium in Copacabana, Brazil

The allure of the beach was too much to resist for many players who made a name for themselves playing the more tradtitional grass soccer. Some of these greats were Frenchman Eric Cantona, Brazilians Romario and Zico, and Julio Salinas of Spain. These superstars helped propel Beach Soccer to dizzying heights, as well as setting the stage for today's stars. FIFA saw the giant potential of Beach Soccer, and adopted it into the family. In 2005 the first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was held, in Copacabana, as France upset the favored hosts. Held annually, the Beach Soccer World Cup gets more exciting and more competitve every year as the sport continues to spread throughout the world.