Pattaya —

The AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup is set to take place on Jomtien Beach from March 16th to 29th, with 16 teams from various countries vying for three World Cup slots.

A planning meeting was recently held on March 6th to ensure the success of an upcoming beach soccer tournament in Pattaya. The event will feature 16 competing teams, including Thailand, with the top three finishers earning a spot in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai later this year.

The meeting was chaired by Pattaya Deputy Mayor Kritsana Boonsawat and involved representatives from the police, city departments, and event organizer Abul Faz Kodabandehlu. One of the top priorities discussed during the meeting was ensuring the safety of the athletes and spectators.

To address this concern, the deputy mayor directed the Environment Department to sift through the sand and remove any sharp objects or broken glass that could potentially harm participants or viewers.

The participating countries in the tournament come from diverse backgrounds, including landlocked and beachless nations such as Afghanistan, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan. This global representation highlights the growing popularity and inclusivity of beach soccer as a sport.

Timetable of matches to be played in Jomtien Beach.

  • March 16, 2023
    Time 15.30 Iran vs Malaysia
    Time 17.00 Bahrain vs Afghanistan
    Time 18.30 UAE vs Uzbekistan
    Time 20.00 Thailand vs Saudi Arabia (live broadcast on Channel 9 MCOT HD)
  • March 17, 2023
    Time 3:30 p.m. Lebanon vs China
    Time 17.00 Palestine vs Kuwait
    Time 18.30 Japan vs Indonesia
    Time 20.00 Oman vs Kyrgyzstan
  • March 18, 2023
    Time 3:30 p.m. Uzbekistan vs Iran
    Time 17.00 Saudi Arabia vs Bahrain
    Time 18.30 Malaysia vs UAE
    Time 20.00 Afghanistan vs Thailand (live broadcast on Channel 9 MCOT HD)
  • March 19, 2023
    Time 15.30 Indonesia vs Lebanon
    Time 17.00 Kyrgyzstan vs Palestine
    Time 6:30 p.m. China vs Japan
    Time 20.00 Kuwait vs Oman
  • March 20, 2023
    Time 15.30 Malaysia vs Uzbekistan
    Time 17.00 Afghanistan vs Saudi Arabia
    Time 18.30 UAE vs Iran
    Time 20.00 Thailand vs Bahrain (live broadcast on Channel 9 MCOT HD)
  • March 21, 2023
    Time 15.30 China vs Indonesia
    Time 17.00 Kuwait vs Kyrgyzstan
    Time 18.30 Japan vs Lebanon
    Time 20.00 Oman vs Palestine 

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.