Dear players, parents and supporters,

Welcome to the FC Stars Tour of England 2018.  We will be working with XL Sports Tours to provide an exceptional international tour for our teams to one of the greatest soccer nations in the world! 

The purpose of this email is to give you a little further information about the proposed schedule of the tour and how you can check out even more information on XL Sports Tours. XL Sports Tours has been taking USA teams overseas since 2001 and the trips are always an enormous success.  These tours are unique, educational and with a massive emphasis on enjoyment of the entire experience rather than just soccer.  The players will be placed in a professional soccer environment, playing at least 3 games against top international competition and training with professional academy coaches at their private facilities. 

During the tour we will be staying in top ranked hotels in London and the North West of England and even staying at St. George’s Park the home to England’s National Teams. Not only will we train there and play on the same fields the national team use but we will also stay in the same hotel as the national players!  During the tour we will also see at least 2 live games and tour Old Trafford home to Manchester United FC and the famous Anfield home to the mighty Liverpool!

In addition to the soccer there will be sightseeing at some of the best landmarks in the country including Chester’s famous walled city, Liverpool and the home of the Beatles, Oxford home to one of the most famous universities in the world and of course the city of London.  During our tour we will also be staying in top rated hotels with XL Sports Tour staff and guides with us the entire time and our own luxury motor coach.

To highlight what a great tour XL provides for you please watch the movie file at the following link https://vimeo.com/64761760


Please go to the following link http://www.xltravel.com/fc-stars-2018-tour and when prompted for a password type in fcs18 in lower case.  That will then open the tour information page so you can review the schedule and also register.  Alternatively you can go to www.xlsportstours.com  then choose the “MY TOUR” tab at the top right and when you click on FC Stars 2018 you will be asked for the password which again is fcs18 in lower case.  You can book your place on the trip using your credit card or by mailing in a check to:

XL Sports Tours, 825 Courtland Street, Orlando, FL 32804

We fully expect this tour to be totally booked up and we are limited to a total number of players, parents and siblings so we encourage you to register before August 15th with a $100 initial payment.  



The cost of the program will be $2,199 per person based on 40 travelers.  Please note the cost does not include your international flight but does include the following; 

  • 3 friendly matches against hand selected English Academy opposition
  • Guest sessions from top level F.A. coaches at academy facilities including St. George’s Park
  •  All accommodation in 4 star city center hotels in London and  the North West of England 
  •  Fantastic tickets to a two top class live games.  We get the best seats in the best stadiums and have the option of adding even more live games. All fixtures based on league schedule with specific game requests subject to additional fees. 
  • All scheduled sightseeing and stadium tours included.
  •  2 Meals per day, breakfast and dinner.
  • All training equipment provided, no need to bring balls, cones or bibs with you
  • LIVE Customer service 6am-11pm and your own Tour Coordinator in the US to handle any questions and requests 
  • Additional separate sightseeing trips and cultural events for parents can be included.  We realize some parents may want to spend time away from the soccer field and see some more of England. 
  •  Participate in the XL Travel Fundraising program; cover the entire cost of your tour!
  •  All internal transportation via luxury motor coach that remains with the group at all hotel accommodation meaning no waiting for your bus to arrive! 
  •  Group flight options through XL Sports Tours or use own air miles, we have the best access to the best prices in the business! 
  •  Fully escorted 24 hours a day by an XL Travel Director and staff
  •  XL account executive to take care of planning and maintenance.


The XL Sports Tours website www.xlsportstours.com  has a lot of information which you will find very useful for your trip including details on booking policies and travel insurance.  The website is full of useful details so that you can save time by simply looking online but if you cannot find the information you require please call them on 877-286-3809 and the XL staff will be glad to assist you.

Some of the things you will find on the website:

  • Quotes and recommendations from previous travelers
  • Photos from previous trips
  • Information on other XL Travel products such as our “Soccer Fanatic Weekends”
  • Addresses of our various global offices
  • Downloadable booking forms
  • Booking and Insurance Policies
  • Information on travel insurance
  • Online guide to traveling abroad with XL Travel, including information on currency, packing and watching live games!

FC Stars announced a partnership with XL Travel that will see the Soccer Tour provider become the official travel partner of the FC Stars.  XL Soccer Tours provides soccer clubs, schools and colleges with the opportunity to travel the globe and immerse themselves in the worldwide ‘football’ phenomenon.  XL has a staff with over 50 years of combined International soccer experience taking teams on world class tours almost anywhere in the world with the most popular destinations being Europe and Brazil. Their official partnerships in place with professional clubs allow teams to train, play and watch live games in their home stadiums.

FC Stars - Tour of England, Announcement.

FC Stars - Tour of England 2018 - Schedule  

  • FC Stars hope to travel with at least one boys and one girls team - but have the option to expand depending on the sign ups
  • Tours will have open sign up to any FC Stars players in the U13 and U14 age group (2018 tour will be for the 2004s and 2005s)
  • Tours are open to all FC Stars players and families - teams will be formed from the players signed up
  • If any teams would like to travel as their 2017/2018 FC Stars team, a minimum of 15 players would need to register, this option is open to ANY AGE, LEVEL and GENDER team within FC Stars.  The tour would follow the same schedule.
  • FC Stars Coaches will be attending to coach the select tour teams
  • FC Stars plan to offer a tour every year during the February Vacation, please see the locations and ages that will be offered each year
    • 2018 - England (2004s and 2005s)
    • 2019 - Spain (2005s and 2006s)
    • 2020 - TBA (2006s and 2007s)
    • 2021 - TBA (2007s and 2008s)
  • Tour registration and sign up will take place after tryouts, later in the summer
  • XL Tours will be holding a presentation later in the summer to present the tour details, fundraising opportunities and answer any questions 
Questions - Please contact Tom Phillips - tphillips@starsofma.org


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