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  ODP International Trips

USYouthSoccer ODP ShieldThe international stage provides high-level training and play that benefits every player and coach. From matches and training facilities to skill-building to learning new tactical approaches, everything about soccer in Europe is on a different level. The memories players bring home stay with them forever – bonding with each other in a new country, meeting and socializing with opponents before and after games, touring new sites, tasting local cuisine, and more – building character, inspiring goals for the future and instilling a global perspective about life and sports. This is why South Texas Youth Soccer Association is now offering our ODP teams the chance to travel internationally!

Traveling internationally together as a team to play the sport you love is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that you do not want to miss out on. This year we took 25 players to Costa Rica for a week - read how the trip went -  


2017 STX ODP International Trip to Costa Rica

Boys Itinerary | Girls Itinerary

What to expect:

  • Night training on the beach
  • Four international friendlies
  • Ran into Texas A&M Women's Soccer team
  • Participated in a Global Ambassador Volunteer Activity


Activities included:

  • Visited Carara National Park
  • Visata Los Suenos Canopy Tour - zip lining 
  • Guided tour of Alajuela - second largest city in Costa Rica
  • Sightseeing tour of San Jose - capital of Costa Rica
  • Tour of Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica - the home stadium of Costa Rica's national football teams
  • Visited Poas Volcano National Park


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

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Travel Provider - World Strides Excel

Our travel provider is WorldStrides Excel and they have been leading numerous ODP states internationally since 1998. They know how to customize a trip to suit the needs of ODP teams. 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, they make it their goal to enhance your cultural and sports awareness.

Recent teams that have traveled with their company include the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, William & Mary College, George Washington, Georgetown, Loyola College, University of Maryland Baltimore Country, DeMatha High School, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer ODP, Maryland Youth Soccer ODP, Arizona Youth Soccer ODP and many others.

More information about their tours can be found at www.eurosoccertours.net. For more updates “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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