2016 Maryland State ODP International Trips
Tentative dates and destinations

2016 Maryland State ODP International Trips


The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association’s ODP aims to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.  This is why MSYSA offers ODP teams the chance to travel internationally and play soccer.  The level of play and the level of coaching in Europe are second to none!  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.  Not only will an international tour enhance your player’s soccer skills but their cultural experience.  Players mingle with their opponents at post-game and pre-game socials, try new foods, see new sights and bond with their teammates.  Don’t let this opportunity to broaden your player’s horizon slip by.  All trips will take place Sunday, March 27, 2016 - Monday, April 4, 2016. All MSYSA sponsored international trips are designed and administered by Excel International Sports.  Destinations for 2016 are as follows:


Tentative dates and destinations

2003 Boys – Stirling, Scotland

2001 Boys – Barcelona, Spain

1999 Boys – Verona, Italy

2003 Girls – London, England

2001 Girls – Barcelona, Spain

1999 Girls - Verona, Italy ~NEW for 2016~


**ODP players are not required to travel internationally. Participation is strictly optional and no player will be penalized if they do not take the trip. All international trip costs are the same for players and chaperones.



 http://www.msysa.org/imgs/odp/International%20Trips/excel%20logo%20web.jpgAbout Excel International Sports: "Excel International Sports has been leading soccer teams from the United States on International trips for 16 years.  Because of our experience, our knowledge and our network, we are one of the top companies in our industry. Excel International Sports’ mission is to bring people from North America to different countries to participate in the world’s greatest game while breaking down barriers of language, culture, and geography. As world travelers, we make it our goal to enhance your cultural and sports awareness. Excel International Sports has been taking the ODP teams to Europe for 15 years; we know how to customize this trip to the needs of an ODP team. Recent teams that have traveled with us are University of Maryland, Loyola College, UMBC, Salisbury University, Gettysburg College, Lynchburg College, Frostburg State University, Good Counsel High School, Loyola High School, Iowa ODP, Maryland ODP and Maryland DDP." More information about us and our tours can be found at www.eurosoccertours.net.  For more updates like us on Facebook “Excel International Sports” or follow us on Twitter “ExcelIntlSports”.

Maryland State ODP teams return from Europe

Maryland State ODP Teams Return from Europe


The Maryland State ODP teams traveled to Europe over Spring Break 2015 for some top quality soccer matchups and an enriching cultural experience. The 1998 Boys travelled to Venice, Italy; the 2000 Boys to Barcelona, Spain; the 2002 Boys to Stirling, Scotland; and the 2002 Girls to London, England.  The 1998 Boys enjoyed a two-hour guided walking tour of Venice. The sightseeing walk included St. Mark’s Square and its very expensive “Cafés”, St. Mark’s Abbey, the Duke’s Palace, the “Sospiri” Bridge, the Duke’s Palace Prisons and much more.  The 2000 Boys enjoyed a week of top quality soccer and got the chance to attend the FC Barcelona vs. Bilbao game. They also toured Camp Nou Stadium, home to FC Barcelona and saw the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished temple. The 2002 Boys enjoyed a week of top quality soccer and took a visit to the Glasgow Celtic stadium and museum, followed by a visit to the Celtic Superstore.  They also visit the world famous Edinburgh Castle.  The 2002 Girls took a tour of White Hart Lane, home to Tottenham Hotspur.  They also played games against teams like Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC, Crystal Palace Ladies FC, Swindon Town FC, and Reading FC.


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