News ID: 168094
Published: 0728 GMT September 03, 2016

Iran maintains place as Asia’s top team in fresh BSWW rankings

Iran maintains place as Asia’s top team in fresh BSWW rankings

Iran maintained its place as the best squad in Asia in the newest edition of the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) rankings, and nestled in the world’s fifth spot.

According to the latest monthly rankings released by the BSWW, the organization responsible for the founding and growth of the association football derivative sport of beach soccer, the Iranian team accumulated 1,620 points to be named Asia’s top-ranked contingent, Press TV reported.

Japan landed in the 11th slot in the global rankings and the second place in Asia with 932 points. The Japanese were followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, which occupied the 13th and 15th spots respectively with 867 and 835 points.

Portugal is the top-ranked beach soccer team in the world with 3,281 points. Russia collected 3,095 points to land in the second position. Third-place Brazilians earned 2,088 points. Italy stood fourth with 1,942 points.

On August 25, the Iranian outfit trounced the Omani contingent 6-3 in Ordos city in China's northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to stand on the top of the table at the end of the first edition of the Continental Tournament in China.

The Iranian team exerted a spell of pressure on Omanis’ goal from the beginning of the game, and defender Amir Hossein Akbari was on target four times to put the ball at the back of the opponent’s net and score a double brace, also known as a haul.

Ali Nazem and Payman Hosseini added a goal each for the Iranian team against Oman.

The first edition of the Continental Tournament started in Ordos on August 23 and wrapped up on August 25.

The tournament served as a warm-up event for the participating teams prior to the 5th edition of Asian Beach Games, which will open in the south-central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on September 24, and will run until October 3.

The competing countries in the first edition of the Continental Tournament also had an eye on the Asian qualification tournament for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, whose date and venue are yet to be announced.

The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will mark the ninth edition of the international sports event, will be played from April 27-May 7 in the Bahamian capital city of Nassau.

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