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International Travel

*Coronavirus Update* 2020 International Trips 



In light of the rapidly changing situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, all Maryland State Youth Soccer sponsored events (State Cup, Presidents Cup, ODP, Coaching Education) are being postponed until further notice. 

We recommend that our member leagues and clubs follow the Maryland State government recommendations as well as the worldwide health organizations with regard to league, club and team activities and health safety. If you wish to say informed of any US government health advisories, we invite you to review current CDC Guidelines here: CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

We will update our website and keep you informed regarding “return to play” protocols as soon as we are able. Our main focus is the safety and health of all our soccer families and friends.

Thank you to everyone for their patience as our organization has been working through numerous updates and changes associated with the Coronavirus.  

We wanted to reach out to everyone today with an important update regarding international trips. In light of continued outbreaks in Europe and through the world, MSYSA and WorldStrides met earlier today to discuss the upcoming international trips. With the safety of ALL  of our travelers at the paramount, we have decided that it is in the best interest of the players, family members, and chaperone not to travel across Europe next month. The trips will be postponed until the summer. We have agreed on the dates of August 2-10, 2020. 

Please be patient with WorldStrides as they will be working with multiples vendors to secure the new dates. The travel destinations will remain the same with the exception of Italy. Please see below. WorldStrides assures that the same quality of tour will be executed. 

Program/Team  Destination
07/08 Girls London
07/08 Boys  Scotland
05/06 Girls Barcelona
05/06 Boys Barcelona
03/04 Boys Manchester
03/04 Girls Manchester


With the rescheduled trip slated for the summer, there will not be any additional financial burden to families. WorldStrides will be handling any new costs associated with the trips.

From WorldStrides:

Thank you for trusting in us. Our stance as a company has never wavered. The safety and security of our travelers is, and always will be,  our highest priority! We will not allow our participants to travel if we don't think it' safe to do so. We hope that you can understand and agree with our decision to postpone the trips until the summer. We sincerely hope that our world will be in a better place fiver months from now. 

We apologize for the late notice, but given this news, we will be canceling Thursday's pre-trip meeting. 

2020 International Trips

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.

By traveling 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 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. We are excited to announce our 21st 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 teams have competed against the highest levels of academy programs abroad and will continue to do so in 2020.

All trips will take place from August 2-10, 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:

*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. Costs are the same for players and chaperones. 

Pre-Trip Meeting


Additional Details 

MSYSA Foreign Travel Policy

MSYSA International Trip Guidelines and Code of Conduct

About WorldStrides Excel 

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. Teams that have traveled with WorldStrides Excel include the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, PA West, and many others. Click Here to read more about WorldStrides Excel. 

*Testimonials provided by WorldStrides Excel* 

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Participant Testimonials

“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, Parent

“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

Staff Testimonials

“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, MSYSA 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, MSYSA Board Member

“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 


For more information about WorldStrides Excel, please contact Ashley Herbst at 410-489-2287 or