Management: Gary & Carine Ireland operate Soccerbook.com and have extensive coaching & management experience. See bios. We have managed over 300 tours for groups of 25+ players & famillies. In 2007 Gary & Carine Ireland took the University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer team to Australia & New Zealand (read here) on a post season tour after UNC's NCAA Championship winning season and enjoyed both wonderful sightseeing and great opposition which gave the tour an ideal mix of high quality soccer and vacation. Because it was a post-season tour there was a stronger sightseeing component, however this was also a tour which enabled the players to train regularly and gain invaluable international experience vs.the Australian Womens Soccer team, New Zealand womens national team and the Queensland Womens Soccer team in preparation for UNC's Fall 2008 NCAA pre-season. Members of the Soccerbook staff are Australian citizens and know the country extremely well as well as enjoying extensive soccer and business connections guaranteeing a high caliber event.
Australian women’s soccer has experienced a huge improvement in recent years and is now considered a leader in women’s soccer. Australia is an ideal destination for the perfect soccer tour: high caliber opposition, coaching, facilities an ideal climate & environment.
|JULY 5||DEPART USA|
|JULY 6||ARRIVE AUSTRALIA|
|JULY 8||GAME 1|
|JULY 10||GAME 2|
|JULY 12||GAME 3|
|JULY 15||GAME 4|
|JULY 17||DEPART AUSTRALIA/ARRIVE AUSTRALIA|
* Accommodation. 3-4 star apartments or hotel. (Standard configuration of apartments is 2-bedroom, 1-2 bathroom, kitchen and lounge room. Typically, 3-4 players per room)
* Internal transportation (55 seater or mini-vans)
* Airfares and departure taxes
* All competition and training facilities
* Up to 4 Games
* Breakfast & Dinner (possible lunch)
* Tour supervision by Soccerbook staff
Each team typically plays up to 4 games and if not accompanied by the coach will receive world class coaching instruction with our trusted staff while exploring the East Coast of Australia by private 54-seater bus, mini bus and/or plane. Parents who wish to travel independently are encouraged to do so and join the tour at their own leisure on their own itinerary and join us when possible. Players will share rooms and be chaperoned by parents and club staff.
Sightseeing options may include; the Worlds oldest caves, ‘Jenolon’, a World Heritage National Park in the Blue Mountains National Park with bushwalks and sightings of Kangaroos’ in the wild. Wine country of the Hunter Valley. Relax and unwind on ‘The Gold Coast’, Australia ’s most famous tourist resort and enjoy the great restaurants beautiful ocean and top class beaches. Even try your hand at Surfing in Surfers Paradise or visit ‘Sea World’. Visit ‘Australia Zoo’, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, ‘Steve Irwin’- there you’ll see snakes, wombats, koalas and other indigenous animals. Visit Fraser Island , the world’s largest sand island, home to many Dingoes. Enjoy an Ozzie Style ‘BBQ’ or a performance at the world famous Sydney Opera House, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge and experience breathtaking views. Take a Harbor Cruise on one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and enjoy the famous Bondi Beach & the North Shores and much more. Possible viewing of live soccer matches; Rugby Union; Rugby League; Aussie Rules Football; Cricket