Gibraltar Wave has kick started International participation of Gibraltar in Beach Soccer
Beach Soccer, the Energetic Generation Z lifestyle sport is the “modern” version of Football and Gibraltar Wave is proud of being the first club in the history of Gibraltar in participating in Euro Winners Cup, the UEFA Beach Soccer Champìons League.
The Women’s Euro Winners Cup 2022 was a spectacular continental club competition contested between top-division European women’s teams; the clubs that are their country’s national league/cup champions and some specially invited club. This Championship organised by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), is viewed as UEFA Beach Soccer Women’s Champions League, Offering the strongest level of club competition on the old continent, it is the most prestigious women’s club beach soccer championship in Europe; the winners become continental champions.
The seventh edition which took place from the 6th to the 12th of June on the beautiful beach of Nazare in Portugal. All the matches, including all of Gibraltar Wave’s were broadcast live on an excellent new type Sport TV platform, Recast. In fact it was Gibraltar Wave that introduced the organisors of the tournament, BSWW, to the Recast platform which is a new way for sports fans to watch football where you gain credit/Points watching adverts that you can use to watch live sports.
The event began with a round robin group stage. At its conclusion, the best teams progressed to the knockout stage, a series of single elimination games to determine the winners, starting with the quarter-finals and ending with the final. Consolation matches were also played to determine other final rankings.
17 women clubs from ten different nations entered the event. In accordance with sanctions imposed by FIFA and UEFA in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, clubs from Russia were banned from entering.
Gibraltar Wave FC has the historical honour of being the first even Gibraltar club to take part in a sport that is only bound to grow exponentially in the next few years, a sport at which, with the right backing of the GFA, the Gibraltar government’s sports Ministry and brands to sponsor can take Gibraltar to the very top in this sport.
Gibraltar Wave had the further honor of playing the first match in the spectacular stadium on the beach in Nazare, Portugal against Terrassa-Bonaire BSW the eventual winners of the tournament. This tough baptism came in really good as a learning curve which we hope will not only serve good for Gibraltar Wave but for Gibraltar as a whole.
Gibraltar Wave ended 15th out of the 17 teams that took part. Gibraltar Wave, being an all inclusive club from day one also had the honour of having both the youngest and the most veteran players of the whole tournament of 50 clubs from across all of Europe!
Sports Fans, please download our app https://www.gibraltarwavefc.com/news/get_our_new_wave-app/ and get in touch to start playing this wonderful energetic lifestyle sport. Also calling on forward thinking brands to also get in touch and get involved in this soon to be Olympic sport which has already been admitted at The 3rd European Games informally known as Kraków Małopolska 2023 in Poland whose
Opening Ceremony is on 21 June and Closing Ceremony on 2nd July 2023.