The launch of a new sporting organisation hopes to make Malta a hub for beach soccer where competitive domestic and international tournaments will take place.
The Malta Beach Soccer Association was launched yesterday with its newly-appointed president Pio Vassallo outlining his vision for beach soccer and its contribution to the country’s sporting culture.
“The vision of the program is to establish both a domestic and international league with Malta being a hub for professional sports tournaments,” Vassallo said at a press conference.
Within the grand scheme of things, the beach soccer association hopes to establish a national team that will eventually compete in international competitions such as the Euro League and the Mediterranean Games.
Lovin Malta was also informed that a national team could compete as early as the first half of 2021.
“With the help of Sports Malta and the Malta Football Association, I believe we can make Malta an international destination for beach soccer,” Vassallo continued.
In order to celebrate its launch, Malta Beach Soccer will kick off its campaign with a domestic tournament held at Pretty Bay in Birżebbuġa between August 27th and September 6th.
Those who which to participate need to register by 13th August and need to form a team with a minimum of five players and a maximum of 12.
In addition to facilitating an environment that promotes sports and health, Malta Beach Soccer also hopes to improve the country’s position as a sports tourism hub by encouraging international tournaments on a year-round basis thanks to country’s favourable weather conditions.
“The best resource we have in Malta is the sun which means we can practice this sport all year round,” Vassallo said.
Reintroducing beach soccer to Malta’s shores once again also opens doors for other beach sports to establish a foothold in Malta with the potential for beach rugby and beach volleyball leagues in the future.