Our entire team and coaching staff had an amazing 8-day tour to Barcelona, Spain this past Spring 2015. The trip was the perfect mix of competitive games against local professional teams, some fantastic sightseeing and cultural experiences in and around Barcelona and the opportunity to watch close-up a number of professional games and training sessions. Thank you to Excel International Sports for making this happen!
Luke Wildy, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, George Washington University, Barcelona
It was an absolutely amazing experience for the girls and myself. We had an outstanding time and got to play some of our best soccer. Thank you so much for all your work in organizing this trip for us. I will definitely recommend this tour and Excel Sports to my colleagues and friends. It was perfect for the girls as they got to mingle with other teams from all over the world. I can speak for all the parents and say that we all thoroughly enjoyed every part of this tour.
Debra Stranaghan, Coach, Kelowna X-treme, England/Sweden
Excel's attention to detail and customer service were outstanding! I have taken students abroad on a number of occasions and this trip was outstanding! The lodging, transportation, sightseeing, matches, and food were excellent! Moreover, our tour manager was the best I've ever experienced on a trip abroad!
Lon Pringle, Assistant Coach, Catholic University, Spain
The team at Excel did a wonderful job of coordinating our U15 EPA Girls Team. Our tour guide Sven Erik was professional, courteous and was a wealth of information. From an educational, cultural and sporting standpoint, the trip was first class. Our team enjoyed quality games and the opportunity to socialize with our opponents at the end of the match. The cultural event to Tivoli Park, Frederiksborg Castle and the Viking Museum were great. Excel really made the experience a memory of a lifetime.
Joe Dizio, Eastern Pennsylvania ODP, Denmark
The trip exceeded my expectations. I would spend the money to do it again, and would recommend it to others. Having a knowledgeable tour guide is what made the trip so positive. I would not want to try a trip like this without a local tour guide.
Doug Taylor, Tour Manager, Kirkwood Soccer, Holland
We are back from one of the best ever soccer tours I have been on!!!! It was beyond my expectations! Uri was unbelievable and coaches Didac from Espanyol, David/Enrique from FC Barca were very good. My only complaint is that now parents and players are already looking forward to the next one... you got them hooked (and me too)!
Ibrahim Sow, Coach, Gloucester Impact, Spain
This trip was so great. On the coaching end, we progressed everyday as a team. The competition allowed them to see where they need to be individually and where the USA needs to be at the youth level. I honestly feel the major part of our progression was the players actually seeing the difference of play.
Megan Schmidt, Coach, Maryland State Girls ODP, Denmark
I am so glad we made the decision to attend the Loch Lomond Festival in Scotland because it was such an amazing experience for my 13 year old son and myself. The caliber of football and teams we played was amazing and the friends we met are invaluable. Excel International Sports had everything so well organized and everything went off without a hitch. The sightseeing tours were wonderful and we always had someone from Excel with us if we had questions. We are already planning our next trip.
Jill Hartke, Parent, Cedar River Soccer Association, Scotland
The EPL games we saw in person were incredible! It totally changed my appreciation for football. And to see the faces of the boys light up was beyond measure!
Jennifer Rawlins BW Advanced UK
Our trip included 48 people and covered three countries. The attention to detail that Excel provided was essential in making this an outstanding event. Every one of our people came back with the desire to repeat the trip again. When I next take a team oversea, Excel will be the first call I make.
Russ Scanlon, Lincoln Way Screaming Eagles SC (Illinois) Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Our Irish tour was fantastic. The people of Ireland are tremendously friendly. It was amazing to have posters up all over town advertising for our match against the locals and have people on the street come up and talk to you about the match. The sights of Ireland were spectacular. We enjoyed our time in Dublin and experienced all that city had to offer. Overall, our Ireland trip was a terrific experience. Being our 4th trip internationally, Ireland stacks right up there with the rest.
Lee Schopp, Hope College Men’s Soccer, Assistant Coach, Ireland
Do not miss the opportunity to go with your team to Stirling Scotland. It is definitely a bucket list item that you can check off. The game experience and sightseeing opportunities were wonderful. We are so glad that we took advantage of this opportunity.
Dan Lodermeier WMD Force, Scotland
Everyone loved Italy! Mattia (tour manager) and Davido (bus driver) did an excellent job for us. Mattia was with us every step of the way from the time we landed till the moment of our departure, he did all he could to make our stay the best possible experience ever. Thanks for a wonderful trip!
Julian DiDonato, FC Westchester, Italy
The team and parents had a great time on your England/Scotland tour. The friendlies with local clubs, team trainings and tours of stadiums and castles went off without a hitch. Our tour guide, Jack, was incredibly informative and entertaining.
Jeanne Salas, Parent, Carolina Railhawks, England/Scotland
From the second our relationship with Excel Sports began, Eric and his staff and contacts attended to every detail. There was no request that was too big or too small. The trip itself was amazing...the sights, the accommodations, the competition and our tour director, Slavek was unbelievable. This was the trip of a lifetime! Thanks, Excel Sports!
Ben Hammock, Washington Caps Ice Hockey, Germany and Czech Republic
Thank you for organizing our trip. It was fantastic!! Martin was very informative and had answers for all our questions in Germany. As for Woody, I am at a loss for words as to what he did for us. All the girls absolutely loved him. His Scottish humor and knowledge of the Manchester/Liverpool area was greatly appreciated. He went out of his way to organize the birthday party for two of the girls and even looked after the pizza and getting the cake!
Ron Krause, Vernon Euro Gals, England/Germany
Just want to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed the London trip. Murray was an outstanding guide who showed us the heart of the city and kept us organized and on schedule for training and matches. I had a blast with everyone! Thank you Excel Sports for a memorable experience. You guys run a top-notch program!
Michele Rodriguez-Smith, Coach, Maryland Girls ODP, England