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[updated: 6/12/19]




MD State ODP Events:

2020 International Trips


The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) is excited to announce its 17th year of international travel with WorldStrides Excel! What started years ago as a single tour to Scotland has grown into one of the most established international travel programs in the country. MSYSA’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams have competed against the highest levels of academy programs abroad and will continue to do so in 2020 to European destinations including Scotland, England, Spain and Italy.

MSYSA'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. 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 5th - Monday, April 13th, 2020. 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 2020 are as follows:

2007 Boys – Scotland

 2007 Girls – London, England

2005 Boys – Barcelona, Spain (Open to 2006 Boys)

2005 Girls – Barcelona, Spain (Open to 2006 Girls)

2003 & 2004 Boys – Italy

2003 & 2004 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.

Additional details can be found here:

MSYSA Foreign Travel Policy

MSYSA International Trip Guidelines and Code of Conduct


About WorldStrides Excel Sports:

Since 1998, WorldStrides Excel has specialized in creating international soccer programs across the globe for club, ODP, and collegiate players. We continue to partner with WorldStrides Excel for international travel because of their stellar reputation, safety record, industry leading insurance and liability coverage, and complete operational and logistic support. 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. Recent teams that have traveled with WorldStrides Excel include the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, PA West, EPYSA and many others. Click Here to read more about WorldStrides Excel.

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


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



“Working with WorldStrides Excel has been a pleasure for me and our state association. From the pre-planning, actual trips adventures and post debriefings, I have always felt that our relationship with WorldStrides Excel has been an awesome experience in every facet of world travel. I'm always excited for the kids traveling to the European destinations and coming back with a lifetime of soccer memories.”Mark Cantor, President

“I was honored and humbled to have represented MSYSA and accompany the 2003 ODP Boys on their recent trip to Scotland. The boys traveled 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 the 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, Board of Directors

“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


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