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WorldStrides Excel Programs

International Soccer Tours

For Youth, High School, College and ODP Teams

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Why Us

Why should you work with WorldStrides Excel Programs?

WhyUs01WorldStrides Excel Programs provides you with the expertise, options, quality and worldwide support needed to create an amazing international sports experience. Our belief is that each tour begins with a vision, your soccer tour consultant will suggest components to turn that vision into a European adventure. Beginning with your first contact with us, we assist you every step of the way to customize and create a trip around the needs of your team.

Our Goals

For many years, WorldStrides Excel Programs has followed its goal of bringing soccer teams from North America to Europe to participate in the world’s greatest game while breaking down barriers of language, culture, and geography. As world travelers, we make it our mission to enhance your cultural and soccer awareness.

Custom Design Packages

Each athlete is unique and so is each team. For this reason, WorldStrides Excel Programs works with your team to design an experience customized to the teams’ needs. Select from hundreds of combinations of countries, cities, sightseeing tours, training options, and competitions to fit your budget.

Experience the Culture

See country sides so picturesque that you will never think of green the same way again. View societies which have stood the test of time and people that have maintained a sense of their culture throughout history. This is what we offer at WorldStrides Excel Programs; an adventure in soccer, an opportunity to build friendships, and an unforgettable cultural experience.

See the Professionals

The game is faster, the players more impassioned and the excitement contagious. Do not miss your opportunity to take part in the intensity that is European ‘football’. See the premier players in the world compete with the pride and passion that is only found in Europe.

WhyUs02International Competition

We take great pride in organizing playing experiences that are remembered for years to come. We carefully match international sides to your team’s ability level. From friendly games to international tournaments, your players will experience a different style, speed and passion of play only found in Europe.

Our Dedicated Tour Managers

We believe that one of the reasons for our success has been the quality of our tour managers who assist our teams during their soccer tour experiences. These individuals are committed to making each tour memorable and enjoyable while insuring all the details are in order so you don’t have to.

Quality Accommodations and Meals

Each tour package offers flexible accommodations and meal plans to fit your teams’ particular resources and needs. All lodging and food, regardless of your budget, is assured to meet the WorldStrides Excel Programs rigorous standard of excellence.

Reliable Flights and Transport

All flights are arranged on scheduled routes with carefully selected airline partners. When you arrive at your destination airport, all ground transfers will be undertaken by high quality and experienced bus operators.

Program Safety

WorldStrides Excel Programs works diligently to ensure the safety of every coach, player and guest on our tours. We will not conduct a program we believe could, in any way, endanger our teams. We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience, and we pledge to maintain open and ongoing communication with our teams on the subject of safety and any impact world events may have on our tours. During 15 years of providing international soccer tours, we have gained valuable experience in responding to international incidents as they arise. We have successfully traveled teams to Europe during times of unrest. Our safety record is the result of many factors, including reliance on federal guidelines, the strength and experience of our staff, expertise and experience in our destination countries, a global network of resources and team members, and a sincere commitment to our teams and their families. In making a decision to proceed with any tours, we rely on the advice of the U.S. State Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We choose our destinations carefully, and we will not take our teams into areas that may be unsafe. If conditions exist that may hinder our ability to provide a safe tour, we will alter the itinerary and redirect the program to safer regions or provide other alternatives.

Testimonials

“I highly recommend Eric McAleer and Excel Sports to anyone thinking about international travel with a youth sports team. We took a U12 boys team to England to play in a tournament and it was fantastic. Eric and his staff have lots of experience so any challenge that arose was quickly solved. The professionalism was outstanding but the attention paid to us set them apart. Eric and Excel were always cheerful and fun. They made every participant important and made good trip become really great.”

Terri Spurgeon, FC America, Liverpool
“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
“Our trip to Germany and Holland with Excel was a fantastic experience for our team. Although we had a small group, the trip was worth it. Playing overseas was a great experience for my team and all came back with an enthusiastic attitude for the upcoming season. Our tour guide, Stephanie was a great leader and her knowledge and work ethic made the trip a success. Highlights of the trip were casual dinners we enjoyed with other teams in Germany. This showed us how people live around the world.”

John Plevyak, Head Coach, Stevenson University, Germany & Holland
“You cannot and will not find a better company to deal with and handle all of your needs as a group to travel to any country. I have had the pleasure of using this company and participating in over 8 trips and not one wasn’t a ten and I mean that. They are professional, quick on their feet and use the best guides you can imagine. You will not go wrong using them.”

Herb Gainey, Maryland ODP Girls Head Coach and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Head Men’s Soccer Coach
"Our trip was spectacular from start to finish. The opportunity to train, play, and experience Barcelona is something that will not soon be forgotten. The cultural influences we encountered will be lasting and the memories will last a lifetime."

Mark Biagi – AZ ODP Boys, Spain
"Our entire team and coaching staff had an amazing 8-day tour to Barcelona, Spain this past spring. 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 Sports for making this happen!"

Luke Wildy, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, George Washington University, Barcelona
“I strongly recommend Excel to any team looking to explore a new country. With our tour guide Paul's help, our team was able to experience the culture of two major cities. Our team was able to see all Barcelona and Madrid had to offer. He also shared some great local food and shopping spots. This trip had something for everyone, but I enjoyed the chance to train at incredible facilities and play really talented clubs the most. This was a trip of a lifetime and it was all possible with Excel.”

Claire Woolley, McDaniel Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach
“Our team recently took a trip to England. Excel did a great job integrating requests for our overall experience. As the coordinator, I appreciated Excel's responsiveness during planning. Excel handled all logistical requests and the itinerary was a reflection of their experience and our requests. It was reassuring to know we'd have tour guides through the entire trip. It was a trip of a lifetime. I'm thankful we worked with Excel and look forward to continuing our relationship.”

Angela Schichner, Three Lions United, London and Manchester
“Our trip to Manchester, England with Excel was fantastic! It was a perfect combination of outstanding soccer, beautiful sightseeing and incredible fun for everyone! Was truly a lifetime experience with memories we will cherish forever. Thank you Excel!”

Teresa Heitzmann, Chaperone, Maryland State ODP, England
“The trip was fantastic. It was a trip that allowed me to share an incredible first visit to Europe with my two son's. The memories are for a lifetime. I miss Robin "Woody" Woods, our tour guide and now friend, already!”

Bob Viti, (Dad) – Hood College – Manchester/Stirling
“The Whittier College Women's Soccer program took part in a 10 day tour to the UK. Excel Sports matched all of our needs, organizing competitive soccer games with local opponents. We also utilized much of our free time to visit various parts of England/Scotland- while enjoying the culture, the food and the people! Two visits to professional games was the icing on the cake! Without a doubt, we will be using Excel Sports for any future foreign travel...They are the absolute best!”

Monica Gerardo, Head Coach, Whittier Women’s Soccer, England
"Our England trip with Excel was a top quality experience for our program. The training facilities we used were excellent and for our players to face the reserve teams of three top EPL teams was a great opportunity for them. Our players also toured Old Trafford Stadium and attended the Manchester United v Liverpool and Spurs v Arsenal games. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players."

Sasho Cirovski, University of Maryland, Head Men's Soccer Coach, London
“Working with WorldStrides Excel Sports Programs has been a pleasure for me and our state association. From the planning, actual trip adventures and post debriefings, I have always felt that our relationship with WorldStrides Excel Sports Programs has been an awesome experience in every facet of world travel. I'm always exited for the kids traveling to the European destinations and coming back with a lifetime of soccer memories.”

Mark Cantor, President, MSYSA
“WorldStrides Excel Sports was there for our Knox Men's Soccer program from Day 1. They worked closely with me and listened to me. This was the first international trip for our athletic program. I'd call the experience "User Friendly." From the president, to the representatives in Costa Rica; everyone was professional but made us feel like part of a larger family. In the end, when our amazing 9 days concluded, our program was undoubtedly better from the experience. We can't thank them enough!”

Tyler Sheikh, Knox College, Costa Rica, 2016
“The cultural experience traveling to Scotland with our boys was absolutely fantastic. WorldStrides Excel Sports crafted an itinerary perfectly balancing matches, training and sightseeing. The boys were constantly upbeat when exploring historical sites, stepping out the tunnel at Celtic Park and even on the bus as we drove through the countryside. I recommend this trip to anyone from a first time traveler to an experienced adventurer, a soccer tour is a totally unique way to explore the world.”

Conor Prachar, MSYSA Boys, Scotland
“WorldStrides Excel Sports Programs provided a trip of a lifetime for this group! Thank you so much for all you did to set everything up including great hotel, food, tour director, games, and the Barcelona v Sampdoria game.”

Graeme Millar, Stevenson University Women’s Soccer