Former UC Santa Barbara Men's Soccer player Nick Perera will represent the U.S. at the 2024 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai in February, aiming to break multiple American records and continue his illustrious career as the U.S. Beach Men's National Team's captain and all-time leading scorer.

Why It Matters

Perera's inclusion on the 12-man roster and potential record-breaking performances at the World Cup signify his exceptional contribution to beach soccer and his continued impact on the sport.

By the Numbers
  • Perera has represented the U.S. at four Beach Soccer World Cups, matching the American record.
  • If Perera features in all three group stage matches, he would break the American record for World Cup caps (11).
  • With 94 career appearances, Perera is second all-time in all competitions for the Beach MNT.
  • Perera is the all-time leading scorer for the Beach MNT with 114 goals.
State of Play
  • Perera has a successful history in tournament play, having played a key role in UC Santa Barbara's 2006 NCAA National Championship run and leading the U.S. to multiple CONCACAF beach championships.
  • The U.S. faces tough competition in Group A, opening against Italy and subsequently playing against hosts UAE and Egypt.
What's Next

Perera will aim to lead the U.S. to advance out of their group for the first time ever and potentially face challenging opponents in the next stage.