Uh oh! Your Internet browser is outdated and cannot run this website. In addition to blocking your experience here, viewing other websites using this browser not only limits your experience, but it also opens your computer to grave security risks. In order to view this site, and to protect your computer, please upgrade to a modern web browser of your choice:
Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
(Worry not– it's quick, safe and free, and you won't regret it!)

WorldStrides Excel Programs

International Soccer Tours

For Youth, High School, College and ODP Teams

Site Map  |  Contact

410-489-2287

College

College Tours:

WorldStrides Excel Programs has organized international sports tours for many Men’s and Women’s College and University teams. The standard of play, the number of games and practices, the cultural experiences, the team bonding activities and the duration of the tour will be tailored to fit your team’s exact needs. Your team can arrange a pre-season training tour in July/August, out-of-season tour in January or post-graduation tour in May.

Colleges/Universities for which we have arranged international sports tours include:

University of Maryland (MD); England and Scotland · Catholic University Women (DC); Spain· University of Virginia (VA); England · Dickinson College Women (PA); England · Dickinson College Men (PA); Holland, Scotland and Ireland · St. Mary’s University (MD); Spain · Milikin University (IL); England · York College Men (PA); England, Holland and Italy · Augustana College Women (IL); Spain, France and Italy · Augustana Men (IL); Italy

See the Pros:

The game is faster, the players more impassioned, and the excitement contagious.

International Matches:

We take great pride in organizing playing experiences that are remembered for a lifetime! We match team’s level of ability to international sides.

Why not start your season like some of our previous college teams?

Games arranged have included: University of Maryland Men v Glasgow Celtic, Hope College Women v Liverpool, Dickinson College Men v Ajax, Hope College Men v Watford, Loyola Men v Espanyol, UMBC Men v Dundee United, Dickinson College Women v Scottish Women’s U19 National Team, Frostburg University Men v Chester City, St. Mary’s College Women v Juventus and Birmingham-Southern College Men v Eintracht Frankfurt.

NCAA Regulations on International Travel

Click here to view the NCAA foreign tours regulations

** Due to recent changes in NCAA rules, D1 schools are no longer allowed to travel during pre-season in August. Please contact us for further details.

CollegeTrips03

Below are testimonials from some of our recent college trips:

“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, Head Coach, University of Maryland Men’s Soccer, England

“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 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

“Great trip. Our tour manager Woody was awesome. The trip would not have been nearly as good without him. The games were tough, but the teams we played were class, and the game facilities were great. Every team you send to Scotland should play at least one game at Stirling Univ. The setting is breathtaking! 
–Josh Gilmore, Hood College, Manchester/Stirling

“This trip is now a top memory for the players and parents that attended our tour to Manchester. The tour guide provided all of us with information that made the trip that much better. He was willing to go beyond, what I am sure is his job description, to show the players a great time in Manchester.”
–Christine Sinclair, Parent, Millikin Men’s Soccer Team

“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

“Our team had the experience of a lifetime. We were able to watch, up close and personal, the highest level of soccer in the world. Our players will never forget this trip.”
–Charlie Grimes, Head Coach Lebanon Valley, Spain

Testimonials

"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
“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
“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 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
"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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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