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)