ODP International Trips 2018
UPDATE 11/9/17: There will be two informational meetings to accommodate the rescheduled callback tryouts for some groups. Both meetings will be held at the Upper Merion Township Library's Freedom Hall from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
First Meeting: Tuesday, November 14
Second Meeting: Thursday, November 30
Interested families can attend either meeting.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is excited to announce its 10th year of international travel with WorldStrides Excel! What started as a single tour to Scotland has become an annual partnership seeing six teams traveling and competing annually. In 2018, we will offer tours to Scotland, England, Spain and Italy where the teams will compete against academy competition, tour stadiums and visit pro games. Each year we have created lifelong memories in Europe; 2018 will surely do the same.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer aims to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels. EPYSA offers ODP teams the chance to travel internationally and play soccer. Through travel to Europe, players engage in a level of competition not found in the U.S. as well as learn a different style of play. All tours will include training sessions, match play against top academy teams, stadium tours, and attendance at professional matches. Players also mingle with their opponents at pre-game and post-game socials, try new foods, see new sights and bond with their teammates.
All tours will take place from Sunday, March 25 – Monday, April 2, 2018. Don’t let this opportunity to broaden your player’s horizon slip by! Click the itineraries below for a breakdown of the upcoming tours.
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ODP Foreign Travel Policy
International Trip Testimonials
“I had an amazing experience, and feel like we had the perfect mix of soccer and taking in the sites and culture that Scotland has to offer. We had two guides that we're passionate about the country and encouraged the players and adults to make the most out of the tour. The games were competitive and allowed our boys to see firsthand how the international game is played. Even if they don't realize it right away, this tour was a great learning experience for all of our boys.” – Marcus Barr
“The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the young girls. They were able to compete in international play and learn more about the game. Each day was well-planned and full of activities. I believe this trip would be beneficial to any young player looking to learn more about soccer and have a cultural experience.” – Teresa Rynier
“My overall experience was fantastic; the trip certainly exceeded all my expectations. The location, the people, the day trips, Celtic Park, the soccer we played, fish and chips…do I need to say more? Scotland is brilliant!” – Gary Ross
Destinations for 2018 are as follows (Itineraries linked):
Italy - 2001-02 Boys
Italy - 2001-02 Girls
Spain - 2003-04 Boys
Spain - 2003-04 Girls
England - 2005 Girls
Scotland - 2005 Boys
*ODP players are not required to travel internationally. Participation is strictly optional and no player will be penalized if they do not take the tour. All international tour costs are the same for players and chaperones.
Any questions please call World Strides Excel Sports on 410 489 2287, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email us to register your early interest in participating in a Spring, 2018 trip!
Check out some pictures from last year's trips below!