The inaugural beach soccer tournament, organized by the Liberia Football Association, ended yesterday with PHP Beach Soccer defeating Power Plant Beach Soccer team 4-3 on penalties in the finals at the Serie A sports pitch in West Point, Monrovia.
Both teams defeated their opponents in the preliminary round on Saturday. PHP beat Buzzi Quarters and Power Plant defeated Ambassadors.
The two losers played for the third place with Ambassadors beating Buzzi Quarters 5-2.
The venue of the game is also known as LEC Plant Sports pitch. The two-day tournament was held on April 30 and May 1.
The four teams were PHP Beach Soccer team, Buzzi Quarters Beach Soccer team, Ambassadors Beach Soccer team and Power Plant Beach Soccer team.
There were no restrictions on players in any division of the regular LFA league. Two referees handled each game and helped the players to apply the rules.
Each team had five players per game, described as five a side, and substitutions were made.
The game is played barefoot and it takes much effort to manage through the sand to overcome an opponent.
Though there are certain rules different from regular soccer, the two-day competition saw players from the participating teams enjoying the game and pushing their opponents with passes and shots that goalkeepers struggled to punch off-target.
For example, Power Plant Beach Soccer, which is from West Point, seemed to have some advantage because they have always played in the sand but they were marched with others who have always played on the beach.
LFA vice president for operations, Musa Shannon, responsible for Beach Soccer, was present, along with LFA technical director Henry Bown, his deputy Kaetu Smith and CAF Education officer Coach Francis Tamba.
Liberia has registered to participate in the CAF Beach Soccer Tournament to be held in Nigeria, later this year, and the LFA said more games are planned for local beach soccer teams.