The Maison de la Culture (Te Fare Tauhiti Nui) in Papeete, June 07, 2013: The Official Draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013, which will be played in Papeete, the capital of the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, between 18 and 28 September 2013, took place today at the Maison de la Culture (Te Fare Tauhiti Nui). The draw revealed the host Tahiti will play United Arab Emirates on their opening match of the competition on 19 September.
The draw ceremony was held in the presence of the Secretary General of the High Authority of the Republic in French Polynesia, Gilles Cantal, and the President of the Tahitian Football Association (FTF), Thierry Ariiotima. The draw itself was conducted by Joan Cuscó, a special adviser to the FIFA Beach Soccer Committee, and Jaime Yarza, FIFA Senior Manager for Futsal, Beach Soccer and International Matches.
Two special guests acted as draw assistants to determine the groups: Hinarani de Langeaux, Miss Tahiti 2012, and Errol Bennett, a Tahitian football legend.
The complete results of the draw and general background information on the event (including the match schedule, team profiles and reports) will be published soon on the competition’s official website, FIFA.com, where the groups can already be found: www.fifa.com/Tahiti2013. —- FIFA