Preseason & International Tournaments

Join us in Europe for preseason and the largest soccer tournaments in the world. Some famous players who have participated within these major tournaments are :Xavi Alonso (Spain), Adebayor (Togo), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Ze Roberto (Brasil), José Montiel (Paraguay), Kim Källström (Sweden),Teddy Lucic (Sweden), Javier Hernández Balcázar (México), and Marco Fabián (Mexico). We will begin our tour with preseason at pro team Klepp IL’s facility. Preseason will present athletes with the opportunity to train at a pro teams facility by professional level coaches, while getting familiar with their team. After preseason we will proceed to compete in the biggest soccer tournaments in the world.

Boys & Girls Age Groups

Under 19 (17 – 20 years old) – Under 17 (16 – 18 years old)

Preseason Fortuna Hjørring
Hjørring, Denmark
July 6th – 11th
Departure – July 11th 

Helsinki cup
Helsinki, Finland
July 12th – 17th
Departure – July 17th

Gothia Cup
Gothenburg, Sweden
July 18th – 24th
Departure – July 25th

Dana Cup
Hjørring, Denmark
July 26th – 31st
Departure – July 31st

Norway Cup
Oslo, Norway
August 1st – August 7th.
Departure August 7th/8th

Schedule

Preseason – Training: 8 am & 5 pm – Scrimmage Wednesday & Friday

Tournament
Gothia Cup
Dana Cup
Norway Cup

Category
B18, B16, B15, G18, G16, G15
B19, B17, B15, G19, G17, G15
B19, B17, B15, G19, G17, G15

Group stage/Play off B
2×25 min
2×30 min
2×30 min

Play off A
2×45 min
2×45 min
2×45 min

Ferry

We will be traveling on the Stena line cruise ships between Sweden to Denmark – Under 4 hours and Denmark to Norway – under 10 hours. Stena Line is one of the world’s largest ferry operators in Europe. Players will have access to the arcade room, a buffet restaurant and a private cabin with bed and shower.

Coronavirus Update

The affects of this pandemic are extensive in varying degrees globally. We are united in our conviction to support the strategies in place and we urge all individual’s, business’s and communities to continue to do their part in curbing and saving lives within this pandemic.

Expenses

The information and figures below include flight, housing, meals, team snacks, transport, team apparel, player registration, ferries & cabins, bus/train transport, coach expenses, manager expenses, a full time videographer, sightseeing (Liseberg amusement park, Hirtshal beach) . Fundraising assistance and a payment plan is available for all players.

Packages

California

1 Tournament
& Preseason

Denmark & Sweden

(15 Days)

2 Tournaments

Sweden, Denmark & Norway

(15 Days)

Preseason &
2 Tournaments

Denmark, Sweden & Norway

(24 Days)

USA, Brazil, Africa (Exclude California)

Preseason &
1 Tournament

Denmark & Sweden

(15 Days)

Preseason &
2 Tournaments

Denmark, Sweden & Norway

(22 Days)

Preseason &
3 Tournaments

Denmark, Sweden & Norway

(29 Days)

Preseason &
1 Tournament

Denmark & Norway

(15 Days)

Preseason &
2 Tournaments

Sweden, Denmark & Norway

(22 Days)

Jersey

2 jersey tops, 2 shorts, 2 socks, 1 Training top, Team bag, Training warm up top and bottom

VISA's

Schengen Visa Information

What is Schengen?

Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone that covers most of the European countries. It’s the largest free travel area in the world.

What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.

Who Needs a Visa to Enter Europe?

All nationals of third countries, which have yet not reached a visa-liberalization agreement with the Schengen member states, need to obtain a visa prior of their arrival in Europe.

To check whether you need a Schengen Visa to travel to one of the Schengen member countries, here is the list of countries, citizens of which must apply for a Schengen Visa prior to their travel to the EU.

Coaches

Mario Felix
European Tournaments Coaching Director

Mario Felix is the assistant head coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Westmont reached the NAIA Championships Elite 8 in 2017 and won 5 national championships. Mario is also the head coach for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. Prior to coaching in California, he was the men’s head soccer coach at Bethel College in Newton, KS as well as the U19 Wichita Rush boys team. He has further coaching experience at Colorado Christian University (NCAA D2), MidAmerica Nazarene University (NAIA) and Kansas University (NCAA D1).

Preben Stangeland
Coach & Scout

Preben is currently an assistant coach for Klepp Elite Women, 2nd best team in Norway’s top women’s league. Klepp elite earned the silver medal in the league last year and the U20 team won the national cup. His role is in the entire elite program which includes the girls academy group, national cup team and the boys academy group. As former coach for the Klepp boys U16 and U15, he won the gold medal in the Danish tournaments, BIF CUP 2016, CUP No. 1 2017 in Frederikshavn and lost in the semi final on pk’s in summer 2018. Preben also plays as a midfielder for Klepp mens’ team in the 4th division.

Anthony Prichard
Fundraising Manager & Scout

Preben is currently an assistant coach for Klepp Elite Women, 2nd best team in Norway’s top women’s league. Klepp elite earned the silver medal in the league last year and the U20 team won the national cup. His role is in the entire elite program which includes the girls academy group, national cup team and the boys academy group. As former coach for the Klepp boys U16 and U15, he won the gold medal in the Danish tournaments, BIF CUP 2016, CUP No. 1 2017 in Frederikshavn and lost in the semi final on pk’s in summer 2018. Preben also plays as a midfielder for Klepp mens’ team in the 4th division.

Pharouk Hussein
Program Director

Pharouk is the General Manager of American Student Athlete Logistics and Director of International Affairs for Kits for Peace. Pharouk has 4 years of experience as the team manager for the Gothia, Dana & Norway Cup. He holds a bachelors in communication and a masters in international business. He has prior coaching experience at Newman University and he has placed recruits within the NCAA, NAIA & NJCAA.

Andre Braithwaite
Coach & Scout

Braithwaite had his University playing career at Newman University and Kansas City Kansas Community College. Braithwaite studied business administration and management with a minor in accounting. Andre started his pro career at the Kansas City Comets in 2012. In 2012 the Comets made it to the final of the MISL championship and in 2013/2014 he helped the Kansas City Comets win their first MISL championship. In 2018, the KC Comets traded Braithwaite to the Utica F.C. and then to Florida Tropics. Andre is currently the coaching director for Soar FC.

Alexander Zermano
Head Coach
Alexander Zermeno is currently coaching for Santa Barbara Soccer Club where he is the head coach for the 2009 boys team and is on the coaching staff for 2004 girls, 2003 girls, and 2002 girls teams. Though being offered head coaching positions at various high schools in the central coast, he decided to continue as the assistant head coach for the girls varsity team at Dos Pueblos High School located in Goleta, California. During his first year coaching at DPHS they won their first every league title in 2019. He is also on the coaching staff for One Soccer Schools. Prior to coaching at Santa Barbara Soccer Club, he coached for La Esperanza soccer club where he worked with the 03 girls age group.
Theo Opai
Manager Africa
Rodolfo Santos
Brazil Scout
Alfred Selassie Ofori
Events & Video Coordinator