Sand Ranking Method to Evaluate Beach Soccer Ground Coverage

  • S. R. Haghighizade
  • M. Jiryaei SharahiEmail author
  • S. M. Mirhosseini
  • Maryam Mousavi
Research Paper


Beach soccer is one of the world’s growing sports, particularly since FIFA began to promote and organize it. In this game, the ground surface is covered with sand. FIFA presented some criteria for selection of appropriate sand. However, these criteria are not precise enough; hence, it seems reasonable to introduce a method for standardization of beach soccer grounds and ranking different sands for the purpose of ground surface coverage. In this study after conducting several tests, survey and gathering climate data, a simple yet reliable method for ranking sands used in beach soccer ground coverage is presented. The method can accurately predict the score of each sand sample using the input data of gradation test, roundness test and climate data. According to the level of the match, a score for sand can be specified. In such a manner, the grounds of beach soccer can be standardized using presented ranking method. In addition, results are analyzed and discussed to provide specific information about appropriate sand for beach soccer competitions.

Graphical Abstract


Beach soccer Sand quality Ranking method Gradation Roundness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. R. Haghighizade
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Jiryaei Sharahi
    • 3
    Email author
  • S. M. Mirhosseini
    • 1
  • Maryam Mousavi
    • 3
  1. 1.Civil Engineering Department, Arak BranchIslamic Azad UniversityArakIran
  2. 2.Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)ZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Civil Engineering DepartmentQom University of TechnologyQomIran

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