Five countries are in the race to host the 2023 World Cup tournament as far as the world of beach football is concerned. The hosts slot for the 2023 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is open at the moment and five member associations are set to do battle. The interested member associations have until January 30, 2022 to submit their bids to FIFA, the body in charge of beach football world-wide.

Almost three months after the 2021 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup came to an end in Russia, five member associations have made known their intentions to host the 2023 edition and they are the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Football Association, Colombia Football Association, Seychelles Football Federation, Bahrain Football Association and the Football Association of Thailand.

For now, five countries namely Thailand, Seychelles, Bahrain, UAE and Colombia are in the frame to emerge as hosts for the 2023 edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup tournament.

The five member associations in the hunt for the 2023 Beach Soccer World Cup are from three confederations thereby highlighting the fact that beach football has grown in leaps and bounds in comparison to what was obtainable during the first edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup tournament in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro around two decades ago. While it’s too early to compare the popularity of football and beach football, it’s important to acknowledge the growth that has been witnessed over the years when it comes to beach football.

The prospective host countries for the next edition ofthe FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup tournament have some weeks left to prepare their bids with the deadline set for the second to the last day of next month. The FIFA Council will decide the hosts next year.