Soccer is one of the most beloved sports in the world. It is, after all, played by 240 million people according to FIFA. Regardless of the common misconception that soccer isn’t as “popular” in the United States, the universal sport is, in fact, thriving here. Even before the U.S. victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in July, soccer was played by millions of Americans. In 2013, more than 12.5 million Americans played soccer outside. Today, about half a million high school kids play soccer for their schools. As soccer continues to grow in the U.S., millions of young Americans are taking up the sport.
For youth soccer clubs that want to go the extra mile (no pun intended), international soccer tours are wonderful ways to explore the world of soccer and, of course, the world! From England and Spain to Sweden and Costa Rica, the world is a soccer team’s oyster. There are a number of options available for young soccer players, their coaches, their chaperons, and even their parents.
Take the Gothia Cup, for example. Located in Gothenburg, Sweden on the beautiful North Sea, the Gothia Cup is one of the most revered youth soccer tournaments in the world. From July 18 to 24, 2016, girls and boys soccer teams ages 11 to 19 compete in seven days of fun and excitement. When the kids aren’t playing, they can take tours of the city, eat in Swedish restaurants, explore Swedish culture, and take excursion trips to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London, or Paris — which are all a stone’s throw (or maybe a penalty kick) away!
Sweden soccer tours such as the Gothia Cup can truly bring life and excitement to young, passionate soccer players. The memories and experiences they will have will last a lifetime. For more information about Sweden soccer tours, feel free to get in touch.