NCE Soccer will take on some of the world’s best young talents in 2021 – with three key international tours.

The National Centre of Excellence is delighted to announce we will return to Italy, England and Sweden next summer for the Gothia Cup.

All three tours, pit selected NCE Soccer players against some of the very best soccer talents in the world.

The tours are the pinnacle of NCE programming with only Professional Pathway surpassing the trips.

NCE Soccer Technical Director, John Curtis, said: “The three international tours are the jewel in the NCE Soccer crown.

“It provides our young players with the opportunity to compete as a team against some of the best young players in the world.


“It is an opportunity to put the skills and disciplines learned at NCE Soccer into practice, and showcase their immense talents.

“And, away from soccer, it is an opportunity to travel and experience another country with some soccer-based and cultural experiences included.

“Gothia is a real highlight and our Girls team actually won the title in 2019, which was an amazing feat.

“The competition is extremely good and it’s a brilliant learning curve for our players and a real treat for all involved.”


NCE Soccer begins the 2021 summer with a trip to Italy where we will compete in the Milano International Football Festival.

The tournament will be hosted in Milan over Easter, from March 25 to April 5th.

It attracts teams from across Italy & Southern Europe and from further afield, and the level of soccer is of the highest order.

NCE Soccer will travel with selected boys from the COE 2009 to 2006 age groups to compete in Milan.

Gothia Cup

The Gothia Cup 2021 will be hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden and NCE Soccer will defend the title they secured in 2019.

We travel to Gothia with 2008 to 2005 girls teams to compete in the tournament, alongside 1,700 teams from 80 countries across the world.

The tournament takes place between July 15th and July 25th, 2021.


The final leg of NCE Soccer’s international touring summer for 2021 will a residential camp in England from July 25 to August 6th.

This is a terrific trip that sees selected U11, 12, 13, and 14s travel to our international training camp in Oakham School in England.

Our teams play a variety of matches against top Academy teams in England which, in the past, has included Manchester United, Chelsea and others.

Curtis added: “All three international trips are of the highest quality and we can only take our very best players.

“To be considered for our international trips, players must have been part of our COE program and shown they excel, not just as a player, but as a person.

“Our tours go well beyond soccer, promoting independence and life long friendships. The skills learned and character traits developed on these trips are immense.

“It was devastating that Covid-19 prevented us from enjoying the tips in 2020 but we are determined to plan ahead and will compete in 2021.”

NCE Soccer will host try-outs for the Fall coaching program in September and applications are now open.
To learn more about the try-out dates click this link.

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