PASS4Soccer operate Annual Tours to the USA every March. Our first US Tour took place in 2008 and we have been running annually since then.
"The trip was good for me because it made me realise that the standard of living over here and the lifestyle is much better than in England. It helped me decide to come to America because it made me realise the football over there is a good standard and that it will help develop me as a player and as a person." March 2017 Tour player, now at an NCAA DI University.
The next PASS4Soccer Tour will take place in March 2020 for male and female players. The squads will travel to North and South Carolina, which provides ideal playing conditions and weather at that time of year. The tour is a perfect opportunity to play in front of US Coaches and sample the quality of actual US University soccer teams. In addition to playing in front of the coaches, players will have the opportunity to visit various university campuses, sample US culture and speak to current players and teaching staff.
The PASS4Soccer 2019 Tour Group
In March 2019, a group of 40 players visited Charlotte, North Carolina to play games and carry out educational visits. The male squad played six official matches, against UNC-Greensboro (NCAA DI), UNC-Charlotte (NCAA DI), Elon University (NCAA DI), East Tennessee State University (NCAA DI), Queens University of Charlotte (NCAA DII) and Milligan College (NAIA). while they also had a training session at the Charlotte Soccer Academy.
“A great way to see if it is for you is to take part in the PASS4Soccer US Tour where you can play top university sides and visit university campuses to see the unbelievable facilities. Our son Matthew did just that and is now about to start a scholarship at UNC Charlotte in North Carolina and has not looked back since.” Julie Keogh, mother of March 2018 Tour player Matthew Keogh.
Meanwhile, the eight female players, on the 2019 Tour, played two matches against Limestone College (NCAA DII) and Catawba College (NCAA DII). They also had two training sessions, with Queens University of Charlotte (NCAA DII) and Milligan College (NAIA). Both the male and female squads performed really well in each fixture and gave a great account of themselves in front of the attending US coaches.
The male squad warming up ahead of their match with ETSU (NCAA DI)
PASS4Soccer visit various types and sizes of institutions to give student athletes the best opportunity and experience. During our Tours, we give the group a chance to see DI, DII and NAIA universities.
A male player, from the 2019 Tour, said: "There's no negatives to coming, there's only positive aspects to take from it. If anyone does want to come to America to get a scholarship, then the Tour is the best thing because it allows you to manage your expectations and see where you fit in."
He continued: "It was better than I expected. I feel like the football aspect was good, seeing the standard of Division One compared to NAIA and trying to find your level, where you'll fit in."
Action shot from the game between PASS4Soccer and UNC Greensboro
The girls got a group photo with Limestone College (NCAA DII) after their match
"I didn't really know what to expect, but, now that I've seen it, it's just unreal. I just want to come out now and it's made me so excited," one of the girls, on the 2019 Tour, said.
"Every single university, and every single girl that I spoke to, have all said that it's the best thing that they've ever done."
She continued: "It's all fun looking behind a screen, on your phone, looking at the universities that are contacting you, but it's nothing compared to when you see it.
"When you see it, it's such an eye-opener. You get to see what you want and what you don't want. You can't see that looking behind a phone."
High Point University (NCAA DI)
A total of 30 universities and junior colleges attended or were represented at the training sessions and games, some attending once and others all games. Such high numbers, as with PASS4Soccer Showcases, is down to the high reputation built up with US coaches, our assessment types and recommendation methods.
The group went on a stadium tour of The Bank of America Stadium (Home to the Carolina Panthers)
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship match between Queens and Catawba
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United
Outside of playing games and visiting a wide range of universities, the group also have the chance to experience other things on the Tour. They went on a tour of the The Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, where the group got to see behind the scenes. PASS4 also had the chance to take the group to watch the NCAA DII Men's Basketball Championship match between Queens and Catawba, which the group thoroughly enjoyed.
Players gain vital video footage playing against top NCAA DI and DII and NAIA universities
If you have any questions and/or wish to take part, please contact PASS4Soccer by email - Admin@Pass4Soccer.com or telephone 0191 229 5236.
Pictures from previous trips can also be found on our Facebook Page.