The inaugural ANOC World Beach Games will take place on the iconic beaches of San Diego in 2019.

The world’s best athletes from each side sport will compete, with ANOC optimistic of strong representation from every Olympic continent.



of the world’s best athletes




Beach and water sports on side-by-side fields Along the picturesque Mission Beach and Belmont Park or on the waterfront

History of ANOC World Beach Games

The ANOC World Beach Games were conceived by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. In his capacity as OCA President, Sheikh Ahmad had overseen the dramatic rise of the Asian Beach Games and his vision was to develop a World Beach Games which would attract new audiences and provide a platform for NOCs to engage with millions of young people around the world.

The ANOC Events Working Group, established in December 2013 and chaired originally by the ANOC President, was tasked with developing the concept for the Games. The Working Group was supported by international experts and engaged with the IOC, International Federations and other Olympic stakeholders to ensure the Games would be sustainable and bring widespread benefits to the Olympic Movement. Timothy Fok is the current chair of the Working Group.

At the ANOC General Assembly in Washington in 2015, San Diego was unanimously approved as the host city of the first ever edition of the ANOC World Beach Games which was set for 2017.

After extensive dialogue with NOCs and IFs, the ANOC Executive Council decided to move the inaugural edition of the Games to 2019 to ensure that NOCs and IFs had the optimum time to prepare their athletes for the event.

At the 2017 ANOC General Assembly in Washington, San Diego 2019 revealed their new logo and event concept.



Will take place in temporary venues at a single consolidated site at Mission Beach, San Diego. It is anticipated that approximately 1,300 athletes will compete across six days of competition

A total of 40,000 spectators are expected each day of the competition with large screens and cutting edge technology integrated into the event to ensure the ultimate fan engagement.


Qualification Guidelines

CLICK HERE to view the Qualification Guidelines for the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019. These Guidelines will be further updated in due course.

Sports Programme

The sports programme comprises 16 disciplines in 14 sports, all selected for their appeal to youth audiences.

  • Triathlon – Aquathlon
  • Basketball – Basketball 3X3
  • Sports Climbing – Bouldering
  • Handball – Beach Handball
  • Karate – Individual Kata
  • Sailing – Kitefoil Racing
  • Skateboarding – Park
  • Football - Beach soccer
  • Surfing – Shortboard
  • Surfing – Longboard
  • Swimming – Open Water 5km
  • Tennis – Beach Tennis
  • Beach Volleyball – 4x4
  • Waterskiing – Waterski Jump
  • Waterskiing – Wakeboard
  • Wrestling – Beach Wrestling