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2017 Maryland State ODP International Trips


After another successful soccer tour in 2016 with WorldStrides Excel Sports, MSYSA is pleased to announce that we are continuing our tradition of sending teams to Europe for a once in a lifetime experience. For information regarding the 2017 international trips read below:

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 MSYSA offers ODP teams the chance to travel internationally and play soccer. 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. All tours will include training sessions, match play against top academy teams, stadium tours, and attendance at professional matches. Players also mingle with their opponents at pre-game and post-game socials, try new foods, see new sights and bond with their teammates. All trips will take place from Sunday, April 9 - Monday, April 17, 2017. All MSYSA sponsored international trips are designed and administered by WorldStrides Excel Sports. Don’t let this opportunity to broaden your player’s horizon slip by! Destinations for 2017 are as follows:

2017 Trips and Details are as follows:

2017 ODP Foreign Travel Policy and Code of Conduct

2004 Boys – Scotland

• 2004 Girls – London, England

• 2002 Boys – Barcelona, Spain (Open to 2003 Boys)

• 2002 Girls – Barcelona, Spain (Open to 2003 Girls)

• 2000 & 2001 Boys – Italy

• 2000 & 2001 Girls – Italy


*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.


About WorldStrides Excel Sports:

"WorldStrides Excel has been leading soccer teams from the United States on International trips since 1998.  Because of our experience, our knowledge and our network, we are one of the top companies in our industry. WorldStrides Excel’s 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. WorldStrides Excel has been taking the ODP teams to Europe for over 15 years; we know how to customize this trip to the needs of an ODP team. Recent teams that have traveled with us include the University of Maryland, UVA, William and Mary, George Washington, Loyola College, UMBC, Salisbury University, Gettysburg College, Lynchburg College, Frostburg State University, Good Counsel High School, Loyola High School, EPYSA ODP, Maryland ODP and many others." More information about our tours can be found at  For more updates like us on Facebook “Excel International Sportsor follow us on Twitter “ExcelIntlSports”.


Maryland State ODP teams return from Europe


Check out our new ODP highlight and testimonial videos from our recent trip to Europe!

Highlight video:



Six Maryland State ODP teams spent their 2016 Spring Break on a soccer trip to Europe! The tour included games against top quality academy teams, stadium tours, professional matches, and sightseeing tours.  The 1999/00’ Boys and Girls teams traveled to Venice, Italy; the 2001 Boys and Girls to Barcelona, Spain; the 2003 Boys to Stirling, Scotland; and the 2003 Girls to London, England. The 99/00’ Boys and Girls enjoyed games against top quality teams and enjoyed walking tours of Venice, Verona and Sirmione. The 2001 Boys and Girls enjoyed a week of top quality soccer matches and training sessions in the heart of Spain. They also toured Camp Nou Stadium, home to FC Barcelona and saw the unfinished Sagrada Familia. The 2003 Boys enjoyed their time in Stirling, Scotland with games against top academy teams including; Alloa FC, Partick Thistle, Celtic FC and many others. The team also toured Celtic Park, and visited the world famous Edinburgh Castle. The 2003 Girls took a tour of Stamford Bridge, home to Chelsea FC and attended the England vs. Holland match at Wembley Stadium! They also played games against teams like Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC, Crystal Palace Ladies FC, Swindon Town FC, and Leyton Orient. After a successful 2016 Spring Break soccer tour with WorldStrides Excel, MSYSA is pleased to announce that we are continuing our tradition of sending teams to Europe for a once in a lifetime soccer tour! For information regarding the 2017 international trips read below:




This trip was made possible by the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and WorldStrides Excel, European Soccer Tour Specialist. For more information on the teams and/or the organizations visit their websites at and

Below are testimonials from staff and participants on previous ODP International provided by WorldStrides Excel:


Staff Members:

“What an amazing trip to London!  From the very beginning and ending at Heathrow, Woodie Wood (our WorldStrides Tour Guide) was always with us – practices, games, tours, Underground transport, meals – Woodie was there to guide us every step of our journey, and what a journey it was. The International Friendly matches were exciting to watch realizing this was a first for many, including the UK players.  Coach Steve Senna was awesome in his coaching style and manner with each individual player, turning the switch from playing matches to fun as he set the example each day.” - Linda Norton MSYSA Girls London

“I was honored and humbled to have represented MSYSA and accompany the 2003 ODP Boys on their recent trip to Scotland. The boys travelled well, adjusted quickly to the new culture and soaked up the amazing soccer atmosphere. They were a very close group that worked hard at training every day, responded to Coach Prachar and rose to the challenges of the soccer at friendly matches. Worldstrides Excel and our very experienced tour manager had planned every detail which made for a very successful trip. Players and parents alike all came back with new friends and lots of memories that will be with all of us for the rest of our lives.” – Laurie Lane, MSYSA Boys Scotland


“Regarding the trip, it was so well-organized from when we landed in Italy to when we departed. Our representatives, Priscilla and Leo, were so welcoming and did a great job to adapt to the scheduled events. The competition was perfect and we were able to hang out after the game to meet and eat with the teams. We did a lot of sight-seeing which is expected in such a beautiful country like Italy. I'm so glad the girls were able to attend a Serie A game too. Going to the stadium to watch a top-notch club play felt like a special treat. All of us can't stop commenting on such a fun time we had. Many of the girls swapped emails with the Italian players so maybe within a year, the girls will be fluent in Italian! Thank you again for organizing such a wonderful trip!” – Jill Rutten MSYSA Girls Italy


“The trip was amazing and so well organized. Your folks on the ground that led the groups were excellent and so impressive. The schedule was full of wonderful events and the boys had an awesome time. Our family loved the trip and we are all so glad to have had the opportunity to go. Thank you so much for everything you do to make these trips. All of your hard work and organization really pays off on the user end when the trip goes as great as this one!” Gabi Koeppel MSYSA U15B Barcelona

“The MD ODP U13 Girls London trip was awesome and exceeded our expectations!! Thank you WorldStrides Excel for a great experience!!” Allison A. Parent

“This trip far surpassed my expectations. The tour guide, Leonardo Calabretta, should be commended! He did a fantastic job with both the players and the parents. He was very accommodating and went over and above to make sure we were all happy. The places we visited were great and having the time to stop and learn the history of the area was fantastic. But for me the best part was being able to watch my son play soccer in Italy! Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts that went into planning this trip!” -Jim Hott, Parent MSYSA Boys ODP, Italy




Questions – Tel: 410-489-2287 or

Trip presentation – Fall, 2016; Pre-trip meeting – March, 2017