China

China Beijing Stadium

With a mix of ancient and modern, China is a country where tradition is held in the highest regard as it maintains a laser focus on the future. Everything about China is big – the cities, the buildings, the customs, the global influence, the sheer volume of people, you name it. China has 14 cities with more than 5 million residents, so if you really want to test yourself as an athlete, traveler, and explorer of “what else is out there,” there’s no shortage of places to land and get to it.

Australia

Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia

Football means a lot of things in Australia, and soccer is gaining momentum as a growing sport Down Under. With a vast majority of the country living on the golden, eastern coastline, modern recreational life in Australia centers in and around the water – surfing, diving, boating, and swimming. Maybe this is why Australia consistently ranks high globally in terms of health, happiness, opportunity, and overall quality of life. From the cosmopolitan city of Sydney to the under-explored and vast wilds of the renowned Outback, Australia is welcoming country that invites the world to share it vibrant beauty and friendly spirit.