SAM European Trip - Summer 2018

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Hello Coaches, Parents and Players

At SAM we strive to provide the best possible league while staying in line with our mission of providing “superior developmental and educational soccer programs for area youth.” As the SAM Soccer league grows and the quality of our league improves we are constantly looking for ways to provide our clients with an extra advantage, and we are please to announce that we have a new opportunity that we feel does just that.

In the summer of 2018 SAM Soccer and WorldStrides (a leader in sports tours) will be offering a trip to Manchester and Newcastle, England to play against local English squads and to tour around England. SAM is extremely excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

This is a terrific opportunity for boys aged 2003/2004/2005 (Age 13/14/15) within the SAM league. The best players within the SAM league will be selected by SAM representatives during the tryout phase and will represent the league. The SAM team will be coached by Gary Burke, an USSF A license coach and our SAM Program Manager.

The cost is $3100 maximum for an 8-day trip with everything included (airfare, lodging, 3 meals a day, 4 games against great opposition, stadium tours,  a tour guide with the group all the time, bus travel and insurance).

Tryout dates are:

  • July 20th – 6.30pm to 8pm;
  • August 1st – 6.30pm to 8pm;
  • August 17th – 6.30pm to 8pm.

Field TBD at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Please register by CLICKING HERE - registration is free and we strongly encourage you to attend ALL three days of tryouts if possible.

****With the intention of maximizing the opportunities for the players, WorldStrides Excel has numerous opportunities to fundraiser for the trip and decrease cost for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To view fundraising opportunities see attached****

Please note SAM does not pay for this trip, but as mentioned above there are fundraising opportunities available to help defray the costs.

If you have any questions please email Gary Burke at

Manchester and Newcastle, England Trip with SAM Soccer July 21-28, 2018

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About WorldStrides Excel

Since 1998, WorldStrides Excel has specialized in creating international soccer programs across the globe for club, ODP, and collegiate players. We have chosen WorldStrides Excel as our partner 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 organizations that have partnered with WorldStrides Excel include Maryland State Youth Soccer Association, Loudoun Soccer Club, McLean Youth Soccer, Virginia Soccer Association, and Potomac Soccer Association and many others. Click Here to read more about WorldStrides Excel.

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International Soccer Travel

An opportunity to travel and play abroad is an excellent chance for soccer players to train for a bigger stage, compete against new competition, bond as a team, and learn about a culture different from their own.

Soccer Association of Montgomery (SAM) aims to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels through an affordable, high-quality program. SAM aims to provide an international travel package for a select group of players to engage in a level of competition not found in the U.S. as well as learn a different style of play. All tours with WorldStrides Excel will include training sessions, match play against top academy teams, stadium tours, and attendance at professional atches. 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 tours will take place from Saturday, July 21 – Saturday, July 28, 2018. Don’t let this opportunity to broaden your player’s horizon slip by! Click the itineraries below for a breakdown of the upcoming tours.

2018 tour details are as follows:

2003/2004/2005 (Age 13/14) Boys – Manchester, England.


Here are some testimonials from current WorldStrides Excel partners:

“Working with WorldStrides Excel has been a pleasure for me and our state association. From the preplanning, actual tour 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, MSYSA

“I had an amazing experience, and feel like we had the perfect mix of soccer and taking in the sites and culture that Scotland has to offer. We had two guides that we're passionate about the country and encouraged the players and adults to make the most out of the tour. The games were competitive and allowed our boys to see firsthand how the international game is played. Even if they don't realize it right away, this tour was a great learning experience for all of our boys.” – Marcus Barr, EPYSA

"Our tour was spectacular from start to finish. The opportunity to train, play, and experience Barcelona is something that will not soon be forgotten. The cultural influences we encountered will be lasting and the memories will last a lifetime." Mark Biagi, AYSA

“Absolutely phenomenal trip - surpassed all my expectations.” – Denise Churchill, STYSA

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Contact Information

For any questions regarding international travel contact Emily Perrin our Excel representative at or Gary Burke at