Nearly Forty Years of Soccer Excellence

The Bethesda Soccer Club began as three teams in 1979, competing as the Bethesda Boys Club. Today, we have 65 boys and girls’ teams from ages U-8 through U-19 that compete in various leagues in Maryland and the greater eastern region. The club is located in Montgomery County, Maryland, just northwest of Washington, D.C.

Bethesda teams have had a long history of success, from Academy and ECNL level play to top-level league play as well as tournaments and state and regional cups. Our teams compete in the US Soccer Development Academy Program (USSDA), the US Club Elite Club National Club (ECNL) Elite Development Program (EDP), the Club Champions League (CCL), USYSA Region I League, the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL). 

Bethesda players have had success with their teams and beyond. Many of our players participate in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) at the state and regional levels with a good number selected for the national team pool. Our players have lead their high school teams and many have gone on to have successful collegiate careers. The Club has an extensive pathway to college program that prepares players to compete at the next level.

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Club alumni include former U.S. National Team player Bruce Murray; former Major League Soccer Player A.J. Wood, a standout with the University of Virginia championship sides; U.S. National Team player Joanna Lohman, repeat recipient of the NSCAA/adidas College Scholar Athlete of the Year Award as a player at Penn State University; and teenage phenom Freddy Adu of DC United.

Mission Statement

The Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) is committed to creating a competitive, supportive, challenging, and fun environment for all our players to reach their potential through the beautiful game of soccer. With commitment to our goals and appreciation for the opportunity, we accept the responsibility to develop every player to their highest level of skills, athleticism, teamwork, and leadership in soccer. We strive to use all of our faculties – strength, spirit, courage, compassion, and intelligence – to achieve positive results on and off the pitch for our players and families. BSC’s passionate leadership and detailed, holistic approach to long-term elite development at every age group support our uncompromising resolve to be the best youth soccer club in the country. We also strive to be a positive role model for our community, including through the provision of financial support for needy families to the best of our ability.