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 next PASS4Soccer Tour will take place in March 2020 for male players. The squad will travel to Florida, which is the perfect time to experience playing conditions in the state.
The tour is a perfect opportunity to play in front of US Coaches. Players will get to sample the quality of actual US University soccer teams. In addition to playing, they will visit various university campuses. The group will also be able to soak in the US culture and speak to current players and teaching staff.
The PASS4Soccer 2019 Tour Group
Quote from a male player, from the 2019 Tour
“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. 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.”
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.
2019 US Tour – North Carolina
After landing in North Carolina, the group made their way to the hotel, where they’d be staying for the next week. An early night was much-needed after the long-haul flight and with a long first day ahead of them.
The first full day in the US started with a campus tour around High Point University. HPU is an NCAA DI school and the facilities, not just on the athletics side, but also academically, were amazing.
The group made their way to University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where the male squad competed in their first game of the Tour. Prior to the game, the female players took part in a training session.
The UNC Greensboro Men’s Soccer Team are an NCAA DII program and play in the Southern Conference. The game provided the players with an insight into what the level of competition is like in the US.
The group split up for day two with the male players heading to the Charlotte Soccer Academy for a training session in the morning, while the female players travelled to South Carolina for their first match.
Despite the rainy conditions, it was great for the girls and P4S staff to look around Limestone College on a tour. Their attention then turned to the game against the NCAA DII side, who were in the middle of their spring season.
The female squad were given an excellent insight into the level of opposition and the quality on display at Limestone. They more than held their own against players older than them.
Meanwhile, the male players had a chilled afternoon before going to the USL Championship match between Charlotte Independence and Indy Eleven. PASS4 client Macauley King started and scored his first ever goal with the guys in attendance.
Just like the previous day, the group separated into two. The female players went up to Salisbury, North Carolina to have a tour around Catawba College.
Catawba are a school where PASS4 have placed male and female players and it was great to see our girls go up against another top NCAA DII side and hold their own.
Meanwhile, the male players had a long journey down to Atlanta, Georgia for a game against Elon University, who are a top DI school. After the game, the two sides headed into the city.
The guys went on a tour of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of NFL franchise, the Atlanta Falcons, and Major League Soccer side, Atlanta United. It was an experience both the group and P4S staff will always remember.
The morning, for the female players, was an experience they’ll remember as they has a training camp at a university in North Carolina. They were able to train alongside top individuals and excellent coaches.
The male players also stayed in the state and faced off against Queens University of Charlotte. The squad was split into two teams and both went toe-to-toe with the NCAA DII team.
Three PASS4 clients, including Keegan Burton and Kieran Gore, were playing for Queens. Meanwhile, the girls, in the afternoon, were taken on a campus tour of Queens.
After the game, the tour group merged back together and headed down to the Levine Center for the NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Championship match between Queens and Catawba.
The group visited the fantastic Bank of America Stadium, home of NFL franchise, the Carolina Panthers. On the tour, we were guided around the stadium and behind the scenes too.
One of the highlights of the PASS4Soccer US Tour is the trip to University of North Carolina at Charlotte and 2019 was no different for the group.
Before the game for the male players, the P4S staff walked up to the main campus and up to the student union to have lunch. Along the way, we had a look around at the outstanding facilities at UNC Charlotte.
The P4S group certainly had an experience against the NCAA DI outfit that they’ll always remember as the 49ers are a top team.
The final full day in the US saw the group have a very early start as they travelled across to Tennessee. Spirits and morale were high and everyone was going to have the chance to visit two schools.
Milligan College was the first destination for the P4S group, who were taken on a guided tour around campus, in some of the lecture halls, and then to the sports facilities. The female players trained with the Milligan female soccer team on the afternoon.
It was a short drive to our next stop, which was East Tennessee State University. The group were given a guided tour around the school, which is home to over 15,000 students. As well as campus, the athletics facilities were just out of this world.
The male players had the chance to play at the fantastic Summers-Taylor Stadium against ETSU (NCAA DI) and then Milligan (NAIA). It was a perfect way to end their time on the pitch, with two really competitive matches.
On our final day in the US, the tour decided to split into two groups. One went to the Charlotte Premium Outlets in Charlotte, while the other went to Top Golf to enjoy their final activity.
The group then departed for Charlotte Douglas International Airport for their flight home and then went their separate ways once we landed back in London.
The experience of visiting various campuses and playing against top-quality opposition will put each and every player in good stead on their journey to the USA.