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The Uganda National Beach soccer team, known as The Sand Cranes has been ranked 71st in the overall Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) rankings with 76 points, and are placed 12th in Africa.

The ranking was established taking into consideration the performances of teams in all competitions from February 2015 to January 2019.

The competitions considered in the rankings during the stipulated period include FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, Continental Qualifiers for the Beach Soccer World Cup, Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup, Continental Beach Soccer League, Cups and Games, Beach Soccer Worldwide Tours (Category 1 & 2) and Friendly matches.

Only the total points earned from the above events over the last four years (counting back from the current month) go towards the team’s ranking; points older than four years expire and do not count.

Brazil tops the list with 3785 points, Iran next on 2543 points, Portugal (2450), Russia (2017) and Italy (1978) completing the top five.

Egypt (12th), Nigeria (16th), Morocco (19th), Madagascar (35th) and Cote d’Ivoire (39th) are the African teams in the top 50.

The other ranked African teams: Libya (56th), Tanzania (58th), Mozambique (61st), Ghana (66th), Cape Verde (69th), Uganda (71st), Kenya (82nd), South Africa (85th), Seychelles (87th), Mauritius (91st), Djibouti (92nd), Tunisia (94th), Algeria (96th) and Zanzibar (99th).

According to BSWW, the rankings will be released at the end of each month.

Uganda was selected by CAF to host the 4th edition of the AFCON Beach Soccer finals in 2020.