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WorldStrides Excel Programs

International Soccer Tours

For Youth, High School, College and ODP Teams

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Manchester United

“The Manchester trip was an awesome experience that I will never forget. It’s been a dream of mine to see a Premier League game so this trip helped that wish come true for me. The atmosphere at the game was awesome and I got to see some great goals from Manchester United. I was also impressed with how accommodating Excel was while arranging extra days and flights for the trip. Overall, I am so grateful that I got this opportunity to go to Manchester and fulfill one of my dreams!” — Mike Smith, Previous Grand Prize Raffle Winner

 “This raffle fundraiser is sending me to Spain to play soccer. When my parents told me I had to pay for the trip myself I was determined I could do it and with the help of this raffle I was able to pay for the entire trip. Thank you so much!” — Sydney Larkin, St. Mary’s College Women’s Soccer (MD)

Win a four-day trip for two and attend the final 2018 Manchester United home game at Old Trafford Stadium!


* 2 Round Trip Flights to Manchester, England
* 2 Nights at the 3* Hallmark Inn, South Manchester in Manchester, England.
* 2 Tickets to the final 2018 season home game of Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium!

Anything Not Listed Above

Grand Prize Rules and Conditions:

  • All raffle ticket stubs must be received by WorldStrides Excel Programs before February 22, 2018.
  • Address for delivery: 3060 Washington Road, Route 97; Glenwood Office Park, Suite 240; Glenwood, Maryland 21738.
  • Proceeds raised are kept by the participating traveler (different protocol may apply for proceeds raised by college/university participants).
  • Results will be published on the WorldStrides Excel Programs website on March 1, 2018.
  • All information on the raffle ticket stub must be completed in order to qualify.
  • Tickets must be purchased from a group participating in a tour with WorldStrides Excel Programs to be valid.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase raffle tickets.
  • The Grand Prize must be redeemed by May 31, 2018. Winners must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. At least one adult of 21+ years old must travel.
  • The Grand Prize is non-transferrable (the person listed on the raffle ticket stub must travel).
  • No person can purchase more than 25 raffle tickets in total.
  • These raffle tickets are meant for selling via hard copy only. Do not post via social media as they can be misused.
  • Departure must be from a major gateway city in the U.S. or Canada. No stopovers en route.
  • The tour must be booked at least 45 days prior to departure, and flights are subject to availability within the promotional fare category. Flights on certain dates may not be available and alternate airport and/or substitute dates will be offered. The itinerary cannot be modified once booked.
  • Winners may be requested to execute a Release of Liability.
  • Winners must allow the use of their names without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.
  • Employees of WorldStrides or WorldStrides Excel Programs, their families or advertising agencies within this promotion are not allowed to participate.
  • WorldStrides Excel Programs, or other co-sponsors, is not liable for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by utilization of this Prize.
  • If prize notification or attempted notification is returned undeliverable, the prize is forfeited.
  • Offer void where prohibited by law.
  • Only one Grand Prize winner will be drawn from all WorldStrides Excel Programs Grand Prize entries.
  • WorldStrides Excel Programs reserves the right to amend and interpret the above rules.

“The Manchester trip was fantastic! The Excel Sports team was great about making the arrangements and everything worked without a hitch. Manchester is a very walkable city, so on the day before the match we toured museums, enjoyed some good food, and took in a theater performance. I have never experienced anything quite like the Manchester United game at Old Trafford. The staff treated us to a first-class experience, with a wonderful lunch and special entertainment before the game. When we entered the stadium, the atmosphere was electric, and remained so for the remainder of the afternoon. The energy of the crowd, the game itself, and the special ceremony for their retiring manager were all truly unforgettable. This trip will remain a wonderful memory for many years to come.”
— Bill and Maddy McAllister, 2013 Grand Prize Raffle Winners

“This was a once in a lifetime trip! All of the arrangements by Excel were great…you guys were so easy to work with on planning the trip… What is funny is that about two weeks before I received the call that I had won the trip, my son and I were watching an EPL game on TV. We both said that someday we were going to attend an EPL game in England. Didn’t think it would be so soon! Thanks to everyone at Excel, especially Eric, for the trip of a lifetime.”
— Al and Pete Kemery, 2012 Grand Prize Raffle Winner

“Thank you for the wonderful experience you provided to us.  Mason will never forget his adventures to Manchester and watching the final game of the season.  It was truly exciting for both of us.”
— Tracy Loyd, 2011 Grand Raffle Winner

“The Manchester United Raffle Ticket Fundraiser opportunity made over $14,000 for our women’s program and an additional $10,000 for our men’s program.  One of the easiest fundraisers we have ever done. The players were very excited about getting and selling these tickets.  Some of our student athletes were able to pay for their entire trip!  Eric and Excel Sports really made our trips feasible with this fundraising opportunity.”
— Alf Bilbao, 2009 Raffle Fundraiser Participant


“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
"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
“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 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