Head Coach- Abner Rogers (WPS All-Star Coach & Founder/Laguna Hills Eclipse
Assistant Coach- Gary Ireland (PSV Union FC)
Assistant Coach & Manager- Carine Ireland (PSV Union FC)
In 2007 we took the University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer team to Australia & New Zealand (read here) on a post season tour after their 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. Australia and New Zealand national teams in preparation for the Fall 2008 NCAA pre-season. Members of our staff are Australian citizens and know the country extremely well as well as enjoying extensive soccer and business connections guaranteeing a high caliber event.
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.
Mid-May to late July are the mild winter months ‘Down Under’ and will occur during the peak season of Australian sports, where participants may see; live soccer matches; Rugby Union; Rugby League; Aussie Rules Football; Cricket
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 inSurfers 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 rainforest walks and Bungee jumping or Scuba Diving or relaxing at beach on the Great Barrier Reef . Enjoy an Ozzie Style ‘Barby’ 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.
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.
|7/6||DAY 1||DEPART SFO/LAX||AFTERNOON||IN FLIGHT|
|7/7||DAY 2||TRAVEL||LOSE 1 DAY (TIME DIFFERENCE)||IN FIGHT|
|7/8||DAY 3||ARRIVE SYDNEY MORNING||LIGHT PRACTICE||REST/ORIENTATION|
|7/9||DAY 4||LIGHT PRACTICE||SIGHTSEEING||GAME #1 NEW SOUTH WALES|
|7/10||DAY 5||REST DAY||SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING|
|7/11||DAY 6||DEPART GOLD COAST||GAME #2 GOLD COAST|
|7/13||DAY 8||SIGHTSEEING GOLD COAST||GAME #3 QUEENSLAND|
|7/14||DAY 9||DEPART BARRIER REEF||SIGHTSEEING|
|7/15||DAY 10||LIGHT PRACTICE||GAME #4 NORTHERN QLD|
|7/16||DAY 11||REST DAY||SIGHTSEEING|
|7/17||DAY 12||LIGHT PRACTICE||GAME #5|
|7/18||DAY 13||DEPART AUSTRALIA||ARRIVE USA AFTERNOON|