Dallas Cup Looks to Welcome Back International Teams and Referees in 2022

White House Says Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors Can Start Entering U.S. on November 8

DALLAS, Texas (Tuesday, October 26) - Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, received some exciting travel news on Monday. According to an official announcement made from the White House, foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to the United States starting on November 8.

According to the new rules, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination status prior to boarding a plane to the US. Children under 18 and people with some medical issues are exempt from the new vaccine requirements. To view the detailed list of rules and exemptions, click here.

Dallas Cup will continue to monitor any future health and safety guidelines set by authorities, but this easing of international travel restrictions is certainly welcome news for the tournament. In 2020, Dallas Cup was cancelled for the first time in the tournament’s four-decade history. A year later, the tournament made a successful return to the pitch, but was unable to feature any competing teams or referees from abroad.

A record 252 teams competed in the 2021 Dallas Cup, including the newly formed Dallas Cup Girls Invitational presented by Mary Kay.

For more than forty years, elite international competition has been a cornerstone of Dallas Cup. Since the inaugural tournament in 1980, there have been only three tournaments where an international team was not eventually crowned champion (1986, 2006, 2021). With at least 30 countries represented during a typical year, Dallas Cup remains one of North Texas’ most diverse and international annual events. In total, Dallas Cup has welcomed teams and referees from more than 100 countries covering 6 continents.

The 2022 Dallas Cup is set to kick off next year on April 9 and will come to an end on April 17. The tournament will feature Boys 12U-19U divisions, as well as Girls 15U-19U divisions with the second annual Dallas Cup Girls Invitational presented by Mary Kay. The application window for teams and referees is now open.