Sport: Tahiti tipped as future Beach Soccer champions

11:20 am on 22 July 2015

Tahiti are being tipped as potential champions at the next Beach Soccer World Cup.

The Tiki Toa created history in Portugal this week by becoming the first Oceania team to contest a World Cup final, improving on their fourth-placed finish two years ago on home soil.

Hosts Portugal proved too strong in the title match, winning 5-3, but Oceania Football's Beach Soccer and Futsal Development Officer Paul Toohey still believes Tahiti are capable of going all the way.

"They beat the Russians, they beat Iran, Italy [and] Paraguay - all serious teams that play a lot so definitely it shows they've improved. I guess the question is is what next and really I think if they can work now between the next World Cup I think they can be champions".

Despite a number of Tahiti players pushing 40 Paul Toohey says he expects they will return for the next World Cup in the Bahamas in 2017.

Tahiti players at the Beach Soccer World Cup.

Tahiti players at the Beach Soccer World Cup. Photo: Tahiti Football