Tournament Safety Guidelines



For 37 years, the Bethesda Premier Cup has provided one of the top youth soccer competitions in the country. Although this year's tournament will be a little different we are committed to providing a safe environment for all players, families, coaches, and officials. 

In close consultation with state and local health authorities our Tournament will be operating under the following Safety Guidelines (Please Note:  These guidelines will be updated as necessary. Teams will receive communication on updated safety policies via their gotSoccer accounts and through our Constant Contact newsletter service).

Tournament Protocols


  • Each team must provide a COVID manager (not a coach) who will be present at all games of the tournament.    They will have responsibility to make sure that all requirements/restrictions are being met by the team.   They will be required to attend a zoom call with the tournament director at least one week prior to the event.

  • In addition, the COVID manager will be required to complete an on-line health form each day of the tournament for their team :

  • Teams and their spectators will be on the same side of the field (exception – Alexandria fields 14u – spectators will not be allowed inside of the fence area, they must watch game from outside).

  • Will provide additional trainers (with proper PPE) to tournament sites

  • Bathrooms and high touch areas cleaned every hour; hand sanitizer stations throughout site

  • Benches removed during tournament

  • Separate 6-foot area designated for each player on sideline using cones

  • Spectators limited to one per player

  • Health check/waiver for each individual participating in the tournament

  • Masks – coaches, and spectators must wear a mask at all times.   Players must wear a mask unless on the game field for warm-ups or actual game. 

  • Will enforce social distancing rules, when possible

  • Signage throughout site concerning protocols  

  • The home team will supply the game balls.  They must be wiped down before the match and at halftime.

  • Starting game times staggered; teams/age groups kept in pods

  • Game time lengths reduced

  • Will abide by list of states that have mandated quarantine by Maryland – will not accept/invite

  • Bethesda will provide pre-event communications regarding expectations and protocols

  • All event staff will receive pre-event training on protocols and guidelines

  • Teams must leave bench area immediately at the conclusion of the match; teams for the next match cannot come to the field area until the bench area is completely cleared

  • No sharing of water bottles, drinks, food, or personal items

  • Hand contact of any kind is not permitted

Out-of-State Teams

Currently Maryland does not have any restrictions on out-of-state teams attending the tournament. We are aware through communication from some teams that have applied that there are states that either have travel restrictions or quarantine requirements for teams traveling to Maryland.  While we know that these restrictions/quarantine guidelines are fluid (normally changing every two weeks) we need time to prepare, especially with regards to schedules, so we are asking any out-of-state team to let us know if they cannot travel by the following dates:

Girls Tournament                                       by Thursday, October 15th

Boys Tournament                                       by Thursday, October 22nd

We will not process any payments (with the exception of teams coming from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia – those payments will be processed once teams have been accepted) until the dates listed above.  You must let us know, in writing, if by these dates your team in not allowed to travel and we will unfortunately have to remove your team from the tournament at that time.  We certainly will work directly with any team(s) in this situation, knowing that that your state’s restrictions could change after this date on a case-by-case basis.

Bethesda Premier Cup

Bethesda Premier Cup Contact Information

Phone: 240-344-4943