MSYSA ODP to Renew International Travel Partnership with WorldStrides | WorldStrides Sports Travel

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Glenwood, Maryland:  Maryland State Youth Soccer Association will continue to offer its ODP players a chance to compete on the international stage. MSYSA has renewed its partnership with WorldStrides Sports. The destination offerings include the United Kingdom, Spain, and Northern Italy. The international soccer experience will feature friendly matches against local opposition, training sessions with international coaches, a guided stadium tour and the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a European professional game.

WorldStrides Sports Programs takes teams around the world to challenge new opponents, boost skills, and gain cultural experiences.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with WorldStrides,” said MSYSA Executive Director Greg Smith. “As the first-ever State Association partner dating back to the 1990’s, we are extremely proud of our relationship with WorldStrides and of the amazing, life-changing experiences that are made available to all participants!”

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MSYSA is a member of the US Soccer Federation as a National State Association and is affiliated with US Youth Soccer. MSYSA serves as the primary advocate for youth soccer in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. MSYSA is dedicated to offering the highest quality soccer education, player development, and programs while fostering sportsmanship, fitness, diversity, teamwork, and passion for the game.  Learn more at or on Facebook (@MDStateYouthSoccer), TikTok (MarylandSYSA), and Twitter (@MSYSA).


Founded in 1967, WorldStrides now provides educational travel and experiences to more than 530,000 students and athletes a year. Its sports division, WorldStrides Sports, was founded in 1998 by Eric McAleer, a former Scottish professional soccer player. In addition to international and domestic travel experiences for athletes, WorldStrides offers experiential learning programs in performing arts, language immersion, career exploration, service-learning, and study abroad. Each of these experiences helps students to see beyond the classroom and playing field to see the world – and themselves – in new ways.  For more information on WorldStrides, visit