The official emblem for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 was unveiled yesterday, July 18th, at the Conmebol Convention Center in Asunción, Paraguay. The inaugural event included speeches by CONMEBOL representatives, FIFA, the Paraguayan Olympic Committee and the Paraguayan government, as well as videos celebrating the event, the emblem and the tournament venue.
The emblem of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 is inspired by “Anduti”, the famous traditional embroidery from Paraguay. The name “Anduti” means in Guaraní, the indigenous official language of Paraguay, “spider web”, and the structure of the embroidery should resemble the structure of the interconnected namesake or the sun’s rays.
“Andut” designs are reflected in the ball’s pattern at the top of the emblem. The sun that crowns the trophy is redrawn like a flower in a different allusion to “Andut” patterns and as a reflection of the lush vegetation of Paraguay.
The red figure underlines the spectacular football moves characteristic of beach soccer, while the blue and yellow of the stalk are inspired by Guaraní’s decorative motifs. The beach soccer player is resting on a sand surface.
The overall design reflects the cultural diversity and history of the host country Paraguay as well as the unique discipline of beach soccer.
Paraguay Hosting First Time
This is the first time that Paraguay hosts a FIFA event and the first time a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup has been held in a landlocked country. It is an opportunity to introduce the host country and to experience the sport in a new environment.
The hosts have made significant investments in the construction of a new bespoke beach soccer stadium. The stadium, with almost 3,000 seats, is located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, where Asuncion meets the neighboring city of Luque. It is the first permanent beach soccer stadium in Paraguay and incorporates the latest global innovations in sports. Its construction should leave a legacy to Paraguayan sport.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 will take place from 21st November to 1st December this year. This is the tenth edition of the tournament, which first took place in Rio de Janeiro in 2005. A total of 16 countries are represented at this year’s event.