CD Bala Azul Representing Spain in Madjer Cup 2019

Madjer Cup: Hello Chiky!
It is a pleasure for the organization of the Madjer Cup to have the presence of a player as experienced as you in the event, for more as responsible for a team that will participate in the second edition of the Madjer Cup. What is your opinion on the importance of this event?

Chiky: Personally I think it’s a pioneer tournament in which young players who are starting to take an interest in this magnificent sport can enjoy competing with players from other countries and cultures.

Madjer Cup: What are your expectations for the 2nd edition of the Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup 2019?

Chiky: Enjoy a spectacular experience with children, to develop all the work we do in our Club, in Mazarrón related with beach soccer.

Madjer Cup : What message would you like to send to all those who will join you and your team next June in Figueira?

Chiky: Enjoy a unique experience that for many of you will be the first of many.

England rrepresented by Isle of Wight Beach Soccer in Madjer Cup 2019

FBSC : Hi Luke! You and your team made history last year being one of the 1st teams participating in the Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup. Tell us a bit about that experience.

Luke : 2018 was a life changing experience for our players, traveling to Portugal from England for both our u16 and u18 squads enabled them to embrace the global beach soccer way of life and be introduced to friends from around the world. Both our teams made the semi-finals, with the u16 narrowly losing by one goal and the u18’s losing on penalties for 3rd spot, we were so proud of how our team adapted to the heat and intensity of the games. Our biggest achievement was making new friends from the Americas and Europe, they now have experience the beach soccer community of friendship and sportsmanship that will stay with them like their new friends forever.

 

FBSC : What your expectations for the 2019 Madjer Youth Beach Soccer Cup 2nd edition?

Luke : Sadly I wont be traveling to the cup this year due to putting the national game first in England where we have a big task on our hands to grow the game across all levels, I would love to be traveling with both teams but sadly sporting growth over that weekend comes first here in England and I’ll be training the teams up over the next few months as both are side remain in the same age group as 2018 but a year older and wiser, we took away so much last year and in 2019 we will be back bigger, better and ready to compete and embrace new and existing friendships, our coaches and players are ready!

FBSC : Which message would you like to send to all those who will be joining you and your team next June in Figueira?

Luke : Beach Soccer is a sport like no other, beautiful to watch and play and Figueira is a beautiful city with beautiful people and there is no better setting like it to host such an important tournament for the next generation of elite and domestic players, I’m proud to be part of this event and look forward to supporting it for many more years to come, if you’ve not signed up yet what are you waiting for, do it today!

Euro Beach Soccer League SuperFinal

Figueira da Foz stage of the European Beach Soccer League Super Final

The agreement for the final stage of the 2019 and 2020 Euro Beach Soccer League was signed late this morning, April 11, involving the Municipality of Figueira da Foz, Pro Beach Soccer S.L and Cofina SA

The event will always take place in the first week of September, bringing to the city of Figueira da Foz and to its iconic beach, eight national men’s teams of the European division and eight of division B, in a competition of very high competitiveness and professionalism.

The signing of this agreement ensures the long-awaited return of a competition that enshrines the sport, in the form of Beach Soccer, which has been winning consecutively a growing number of athletes and fans.

 

 

 

Madjer Thoughts on Madjer Cup 2nd Edition

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1. Madjer, after the 1st edition of Madjer Cup what are the expectations for the 2nd edition?

M: Given the tremendous success of the first edition and the feedback from everyone involved, we have set the bar higher and I hope that this second edition will be even bigger, with more teams and more media exposure!


2. In 2018 due to changes in the international competitive calendar, you could not be physically present at the event, even so what idea did you have of the 1st edition of Madjer Cup?

M: I got the idea that, that due the commitment and help of all involved , we achieved not only our main goal, that was mainly to create a competition where there is a global gap training), but also we have been able to stimulate and promote the sport, but above all FairPlay among teams from all over the world!


3. What vision do you have about the development of youth beach soccer worldwide?

M: As I mentioned earlier, there is a very large gap in training, but grateful to be able to help plug that gap!


4. What do you think Madjer Cup’s role in the future of Youth Beach Soccer is?

M: I have no doubt that we will be the tournament of excellence of youth beach soccer and above all we will create bases for the development of athletes and staff.


5. What messages would you like to send to all young people who dream of becoming the next Madjer?

M: Just like I once dreamed of being a soccer player … never give up on your dreams, whatever they may be! And at Madjer Youth Cup we want to give you the opportunity to one day fulfill your dream in beach soccer!

Know more about the event in the official website and facebook.

EBRA Master Final Cup 2019

 

In 2019 Figueira Beach Rugby celebrates 10 years and we will celebrate it BIG !!

To begin and mark this 10 years of #BeachRugbyMadness, the event will receive the first edition of the EBRA Master Final Cup. This new competition created by the European Association of Beach Rugby, will have the best 12 teams of men and 8 Women selected on the basis in his performance of the previous season.

 

There will be direct access to this new competition in 2019 by the EBRA Seires Champions, winners of the EBRA Circuit tournaments and champions of the National Circuits of Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal of 2018. In the case of the withdrawals of teams with direct access, wildcards will be awarded.

This new competition does not collide with the normal competition of the EBRA Series, which means that in 2019 in Figueira da Foz we will have emotion to double !!!!

We will soon announce the 2019 event schedule !!!

Stay tuned !!

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The state of the world’s youth beach soccer and the expectations for Madjer Cup 2019 by Steve Citron

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1. Steve, with 6 months left what are the expectations regarding the number of teams and countries participating in the Madjer Cup 2nd edition?

The first Madjer Cup featured 16 teams from 6 different countries (England, Portugal, Italy, United States, El Salvador, and Spain). All of the countries that were represented in the first edition are committed to returning to Portugal again – some will even bring more teams for this second round (bringing both U16 and U18 teams for example, instead of one or the other), which is a strong indicator that the first event was a success. In addition to this, there are individuals and organizations from many other countries that have indicated their interest in participating including Russia, Poland, India, Senegal, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, Denmark, Tanzania, Iraq, and several more in Central and South America. I am continuing to search for more teams, since there is still time for them to plan a trip and make it.

2. Being the competition recruiting director, you get to know and talk to many people all over the world committed to the development of youth beach soccer. What´s your feelings regarding the present status of the sport development worldwide?

When one looks at various sports that have been successfully commercialized and have mass appeal there is a common theme; vibrant, growing, and successful youth programs. The organizers of the Madjer Cup believe the future of beach soccer is truly dependent on building strong youth programs and tremendous tournament experiences for younger players. The youth players of today are the professional and national team players of the future. The sport has no long-term, sustainable commercial appeal without effective youth programs throughout the international community to help nurture the popularity of the sport and to provide a developmental growth path for youth players.

From my experience, being in contact with hundreds of people located throughout the world, we have a lot of work ahead of us. It seems like only a handful of countries are truly vested in the sport and the promotion, education, and training of youth players has not been as strong of a priority as it needs to be in order to move this sport to the next level. That is why we are looking for leaders in each country to step up and make things happen. The Madjer Cup is a fantastic event to help push the development of youth beach soccer programs to the next level.

3. Which nations, in your opinion, are taking the lead on youth beach soccer development?

I am not an expert in the analysis of sport development but I can say, through my experience in communicating with so many people, that it appears that Brazil has one of the most advanced approaches.

Although, there are several other countries that have already established, or are in the process of creating a formal, structured system to develop the sport at the youth level. Approaches vary by country, but youth development is typically being accomplished by either a formal federation or through independent clubs, without federation oversight, that are simply focused on beach soccer. England appears to be heading in the right direction with the Isle of Wight’s beach soccer programs, which are managed by Luke Pepe Kerr. His team of coaches have fostered the sport at the youth level and they actually have had players progress through their program and advance to the English National Team, which is the kind of thing we need to do in every country to help take the sport mainstream. Then there is Viareggio Beach Soccer Club in Northern Italy, directed by Stefano Santini, which has a very strong professional men’s program but, unlike other clubs that only focus their energies at the professional level, they are also committed to the long-term vision of developing youth players and advancing them to their professional team.

Contrasting the more structured approaches of several nations, I have been in contact with a lot of beach soccer clubs from many countries that are really just an individual semi-pro or professional adult team with only a single team focus (no interest in leveraging their experience and training techniques to develop younger players). In the USA, we have a lot of youth beach soccer tournaments managed by several independent organizers, but these competitions primarily cater to traditional turf soccer clubs that only participate once or twice a year as more of a social beach picnic event in the off-season rather than a serious sporting competition. SoCal Beach Soccer Club is one of just a few clubs that are actually focused on promoting, developing, and teaching the sport of beach soccer at the youth level and has multiple youth teams within its club membership. Unlike many countries, there is no academy, select clubs, or structured approach that provide a migration path to the US national beach soccer team, so we have a lot of work to do in order to catch up with several other countries that are more advanced in their approach.

4. In your efforts recruiting teams did you come across with some interesting people would you like to highlight?

In my recruitment efforts I find a wide range of individuals and organizations that love the sport and want to develop it at the youth level. There are also a lot of inspirational stories, for example, individuals like German Martinez who personally sponsored a team from El Salvador as a means to give the young men there hope, goals and dreams (they won the first Madjer Cup U18 division in a close match against Italy). There are other individuals, groups and organizations doing the same at the local level – using beach soccer, and the Madjer Cup as a means to inspire youth athletes to go for their dreams. There is a lot of passion, but also a lot of fragmented efforts and approaches around the globe that are all contributing to the visibility of the sport in some form or fashion. Making it to the Madjer Cup to compete is now a viable and exciting goal for many coaches and youth players around the world, but our work has only begun.

5. What role do you think is reserved for the Madjer Cup in the World´s Beach Soccer great picture?

I believe that successful youth programs provide the means for niche sports to transform into highly popular “mainstream” sports because it creates the love and passion for the game at a large scale level which, in turn, also provides the fan base following needed to move a sport that today, is reserved only for a select few, to a sport that has mass audience appeal. In that context, every sport, whether it be at the professional or youth level, needs to have an ultimate, premiere tournament or championship venue. I see the Madjer Cup as being the World Cup of youth beach soccer, an event that showcases the absolute best youth players of the sport from around the world, as well as providing a multi-national and cultural experience that helps us all to have a better understanding and appreciation of each other globally. Coming together and sharing a common love for the sport through competition is fun, and it is just an incredible experience that you will never forget.

6. What you would like to say to all the teams looking forward to participate in the 2019 Madjer Cup Edition?

The original teams from the six countries that participated in the first inaugural Madjer Cup may have made history through their commitment and participation, but there is much more history to be made and several championship titles on the line as Madjer Cup 2019 promises to deliver more excitement and fun. As a leader within the global beach soccer community, you will have the opportunity to take part in this multi-cultural experience and your matches will be streamed live over the Internet for the world to see. This is the highest level of competitive youth beach soccer worldwide and will be hosted at an extraordinary location in Figueira da Foz at one of the premiere sports beaches in the world. We welcome you and look forward to your arrival! Your participation will make the Madjer Cup a continued success for years to come.

For those of you who are still thinking about attending, you will not want to miss out on this phenomenal opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others and for the sport of beach soccer. The sooner your team starts planning and organizing for this event the better. For more information, including tournament rules, travel tips and official presentation, please check out the event web site at www.madjercup.com or contact us at rui@figueirabeachsportscity.com or socallegacybfc@gmail.com.

Madjer Youth Cup 2019

History was made on June 22nd, 2018 as 16 teams representing El Salvador, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and the United States assembled on the golden beaches of Portugal to define a new beginning for the sport of beach soccer and international youth competition. In that moment, the first inaugural Madjer International Youth Beach Soccer Cup was formed and forever changed the lives of everyone involved. It was more than just a tournament; it was an incredible multi-cultural experience between nations that all share a common passion for the sport. It was a great start, but it is only the beginning of a journey that we need you to be a part of.

We are seeking leaders, who are ready to make a difference in the lives of youth athletes in their local communities and to spend time supporting beach soccer. We need these leaders to find existing youth teams from within their respective countries, or who can organize a team of their own. The teams do not have to be true “national” teams, as this can be difficult at the youth level for a number of reasons. We are simply seeking teams from specific regions within a country. For example, the Italian team that competed in the last Madjer Cup was from a beach soccer club in northern Italy, the US team was from southern California, and even the team from El Salvador was from just one area of their overall country. The first edition of the Madjer Cup did not have any official national teams, but that did not stop each team from representing their respective countries.

Madjer Cup 2019 promises to deliver more excitement, more teams, more countries, and more fun. We are asking you, the members of the global beach soccer community, to be a part of this multi-cultural experience and showcase your youth teams on the world’s stage in the second annual Madjer Cup in June 2019. This is the highest level of competitive youth beach soccer worldwide and will be hosted at one of the premiere sports beaches in the world. We are expecting the same countries that participated last June plus we are in serious discussions with Poland, Russia, Senegal, the Netherlands, Germany and several others. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others and the sport of beach soccer. The sooner your team starts planning and organizing for this event the better.

For more information, including tournament rules, travel tips and official presentation, please check out the event web site at www.madjercup.com or contact us at rui@figueirabeachsportscity.com or socallegacybfc@gmail.com.

FIGUEIRA BEACH SPORTS CITY

Figueira Beach Sports City is a project 100 % focused on Beach Sports!

The Figueira Beach Sports City project exists to foster the development of innovative products and services in the area of beach sports through the collaboration of the various agents, local, national and international entities that operate in this sector.

Either you are an individual a team or an organization, in Figueira da Foz you will find the perfect ecosystem to develop your Beach Sports activity / project.

For the past two years we have been developing different concepts and activities such as :

 

 

Beach Sports Training Center _ We had the opportunity to plan and deliver Beach Soccer and Beach Volley training camps for Portugal Beach Soccer National Team , Polish Beach Soccer National Team, Iran Beach Soccer National Team and Side Out Beach Volleyball.

 

 

 

 

Events _ The Figueira Beach Summer Games is a program of 5 Beach Sports events that are organized from June to August. Figueira Beach Rugby International, Figueira Beach Run , Madjer Youth Cup, Hugo Almeida FootVoley Cup, Figueira Beach Volley Smash Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Events_ Figueira da Foz will host on September 2019 the Beach Soccer Euro League Finals, in co-organization with Beach Soccer WorldWide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate _ We offer to Companies fun and challenging Beach Sports Themed incentive programs by sharing unique and fascinating experiences that can enhance the profitability of its staff.

 

 

Hope To See You In Figueira Soon! In the meantime know us better through our media channels!

 

Iran Beach Soccer National Team – Training Camp

The Iranian Beach Soccer Team selected Figueira da Foz for their preparation stage for the Intercontinental Cup to be held next November in Dubai.

In all, there are 18 elements, among players (12) and technical team, who found in Figueira da Foz “the ideal conditions” to determine the physical form, strategy and tactics of play and, of course, the team spirit. Until Sunday, the beach of Buarcos Beach is the ‘home’ of the Iranian beach soccer team.

“I already knew the city, from when I worked with the Portuguese National Team,” explains the Brazilian national team coach, Marco Octavio de Cerqueira. “I recently learned that more conditions were being created in Figueira da Foz for beach sports, and that here it was possible to find everything that my players needed, both at the level of friendly teams to practice the sport at their most European school, such as infrastructure, “he adds. «Six years ago Iran was 32nd in the world ranking, and today it is the 3rd, in a ranking in which Portugal is the second», smiles. “Good training conditions, good weather, wonderful food, great welcome … we hope to return many times”, he concludes.

The same positive opinion has the player Peyman Hosseini, the 2017 world´s best goalkeeper and still in the dispute to revalidate the title. “Everything very good, from the quality of the sand to the weather … we feel very happy and fortunate and we hope to leave here well prepared for the challenges that still await us this year,” he said. “The food is also very good and the people very friendly,” he added adding that he praised “the quality of Portuguese beach soccer”, which will be put to the test in three friendly matches to be held in a day and time to announce soon .

After the Portuguese and Polish National Teams, the Iranian National Team training camp, planned and supported by the Municipal Project, Figueira Beach Sports City, consolidates the positioning of Figueira da Foz as a leading destination to host Beach Sports events.

Know more about the conditions that Figueira offers to beach sports teams here