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2020 England Tour

FC STARS Tour of England 2020 - Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February

Welcome to the FC Stars Tour of England 2020.  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 1 live game and tour Old Trafford home to Manchester United FC and the famous Anfield home to the mighty Liverpool! There may even be the option of adding more live games once the fixture schedule is announced for the European Cup competitions which provide a mid-week game.

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.

XL Tours will be hosting an informative webinar about the tour on Wednesday, Sept 18th - 8.30pm-9pm.  

Log In Details:

FC Stars Webinar Presentation for Tour of England 2020
Wed, Sep 18, 2019 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/472195029

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 472-195-029

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WHAT DO I DO NOW?

To get more information on the tour click on the following link https://www.xltravel.com/fc-stars-tour-of-england-2020 and then when asked for the password type in fcs20 in lower case.  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 Tour of England 2020 you will be asked for the password which again is fcs20 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

WHAT ARE THE HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS?

Typically players will share rooms together and any accompanying members of the group will automatically be placed together (same sex only).  If you have a preferred roommate, you can specify this at registration.  If you did not do this at the point of registration, please email info@xlsportsworld.com with your request.  Most hotels in England do not as a rule allow more than 2 or 3 people in a room and the price of the tour is based on a per head amount so there is no discount for having more people in a room.

WHAT IS THE COST OF MY TOUR AND WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE?

The cost of the program will be $2,225 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 ticket to a top class live games from the English Premier League. All fixtures based on league schedule with specific game requests subject to additional fees.
  • OPTIONAL LIVE GAME WILL BE OFFERED TO THE GROUP AT ADDITIONAL COST BASED ON AVAILABLE EUROPEAN FIXTURES.  
  • 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 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

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR PAYMENTS?

To break down the cost of the tour we offer travelers the opportunity to pay through installments with the following timelines:

Initial payment to secure tour place ($100): on or before September 15th, 2019 

Second payment ($500): October 15th, 2019

Third payment ($500): November 15th, 2019

Current balance (includes flight base if applicable): December 15th, 2019  

Group Flights Balance: Subject to airline contract

DOES XL SOCCER TOURS OFFER ANY FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS?

Yes we do.  We offer a fantastic fundraising program involving a raffle prize draw for one of our “Soccer Fanatic Weekends”. There is an additional document online with details of this program.  Once you have paid your first $500 payment simply email us at info@xlsportsworld.com to request your first book of 25 raffle tickets and we will then send them out to your home address so you can immediately start raising money for the next installment payment.  As you pay the remaining balance we will continue to send out tickets as you request them.

WHAT ARE THE FLIGHT PROGRAM OPTIONS?:

At the time of registration you will be given two options:

FC Stars Tour of England 2020 with flight – package includes everything on the itinerary plus the group flight.  This flight will be for the first day of the tour and return on the last day of the tour.  We are not able to make changes to the contracted start & end dates for individuals so we encourage you to review the Ground Only option if you are considering extending or shortening your stay.  If you register for the FC Stars Tour of England 2020 with flight package you will see a fee of $1,000 added to your total invoice when you register.  This is an installment towards the flight costs.  Once we have confirmed exact pricing with the airlines we will update your final balance accordingly. 

FC Stars Tour of England 2020 no Flight – package includes everything on the itinerary without flight. This gives you the option to book your own air transportation. This is recommended if you would like to book using air miles, deviate from the group travel dates or routing, or upgrade your flight.

When you register we will usually still be in the process of negotiating the best flight contract for your group and the final price will be unconfirmed at that stage, so a $1,000 installment is included in the initial package price.  If you sign up for the package with the group flight you will receive the exact flight cost as soon as it is confirmed by the airline and there will then be a limited period of time for you to switch to Ground Only if preferred.   After this time we will place a deposit payment on the flights and any changes thereafter may incur a charge. 

If you are booking a ground package, please ensure you land before the team so that you can meet the group in their arrival terminal and join the tour from there.  If you arrive later than the team you are responsible for arranging transport to meet up with the group yourself.  Please make sure you check all flight numbers and times for your flight as airlines may change your itinerary and it is your responsibility to ensure you connect with the group at the international location.

Please make sure you register for the correct package. If you are unsure which package to choose or if you have any questions, please email tara@xltravel.com

WHAT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED MORE INFORMATION?

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!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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 (2020 tour will be for the 2006s and 2007s)
  • 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 2019/2020 FC Stars team, a minimum of 14 players would need to register, this option is open to ANY AGE, LEVEL and GENDER team within FC Stars. 
  • 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
    • 2020 - England (2006s and 2007s)
    • 2021 - Spain (2007s and 2008s)
    • 2022 - England (2008s and 2009s)
    • 2023 - Spain (2009s and 2010s)

Questions - Please contact Tom Phillips - tphillips@starsofma.org