(June 21, 2019) Around 140 soccer teams are slated to participate in the 25th annual Beach 5 Sand Soccer Tournament, this Saturday and Sunday, on the sand near Dorchester Street in downtown Ocean City.
Soccer enthusiasts, friends and family will gather on the beach for two days of sand soccer festivities.
“I believe most folks are drawn to the beach soccer tournaments because it’s so different from traditional soccer but still following the same basic concept – no shoes and no shin guards but getting that soccer ball into the goal,” Administrator Angela Lewis said.
Last year, around 130 teams competed in the tournament, with participants spanning from New Jersey to Virginia.
This year, around 450 games are expected to be played overall. Games will begin at 8 a.m. and are expected to finish approximately 5:45 p.m. both days.
This is the 12th year the tournament has taken place in Ocean City.
“We hold the tournament in Ocean City because of the atmosphere [and] the beach availability,” Lewis said.
Teams ranging from under 8 to under 13 will play all day Saturday, and teams under 14 to adult divisions will compete on Sunday. Each team has 10 players and all are guaranteed three games.
Medals and other prizes will be distributed to the first-place teams in each division.
Beach 5 Sand Soccer Series is run by Jim Kupec and Bill Harte. The two started this venture in 2007, and have over 25 years of experience in the soccer industry, where they still work today.
To celebrate 25 years of Sand Soccer Series, the tournament will have a special registration tent where people who see the event and want to participate next time can register immediately and receive a discount.
The special registration discount offered will be $350 per team compared to the regular cost of $500. The special rate will expire Sept. 30.
“We’re offering this discount during the entire tournament series,” Lewis said. “We’re super excited to be able to offer this opportunity.”
The mission of the Beach 5 Sand Soccer tournament is to create a stress-free event where athletes and parents who attend numerous showcase tournaments throughout the year can kick back and enjoy the sport they love.