EFS has just completed its 18th playing tour to Europe since its inception in the year 2000. Two boys teams (29 players), aged U15/U16 and U16/U17, returned to Canada in early April from a 13 day playing tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, and Northern Italy. This was undoubtedly the most exciting and successful tour, both in terms of team performance and games results, yet it was the toughest due to the number of countries visited (5) and the number of games played (9) within the short time frame of 13 days. Here are the match results:

U15/U16 Boys

1st game in Frankfurt Germany vs. 1.FC Langen – result 3 - 0 WIN 2nd game in Salzburg, Austria vs FC Anif (2nd Div Team) – result 2 – 2 TIE 3rd game in Porec, Croatia vs NK Rovinj – result 3 - 0 WIN 4th game in Ljubljana, Slovenia – 7 - 1 WIN 5th game in Zurich, Switzerland vs FC Grasshopper (U14 team) 9 vs. 9 - result 9 - 5 WIN - This was a very entertaining game - EFS played quality soccer

U16/U17 Boys

1st game in Frankfurt, Germany vs FC Langen (older U19 team) – result 0-1 LOSS - This match was organized by a former EFS player, Nico Macdonald, who is currently playing for FC Langen 2nd game in Salzburg, Austria vs FC Anif (2nd Div Team of 17 - 21 year olds) – result 1 - 1 TIE 3rd game in Porec, Croatia vs NK Rovinj – result 2 - 3 LOSS - EFS played very well in a close, hard fought tactical match. 4th game in Zurich, Switzerland vs. FC Regensdorf - result 1 - 2 LOSS This was our best match, an excellent game which the opposition coach determined EFS deserved to win.

U15/U16 5 4 1 0 24 8
U16/U17 4 0 1 3 4 7
TOTAL 9 4 2 3 28 15

Considering that the U17 team played against older opposition teams, they were competitive with their opponent and played great soccer both technically and tactically resulting in close results. The opponents' coaches provided very positive feedback following the matches and several of the EFS players left a positive impression on those coaches, opening the door for future tryouts and development for our players in Europe. René Forrer, of FC Regensdorf had these comments after the tour:

"Hope you had a safe trip home and you were able to gather a lot of unforgettable impressions. I want to thank you again for your performance in Regensdorf. You can be proud of your team, there are magnificent Boys. Also football technically made the team an excellent impression. I wish you every success for the coming season. Take care and hopefully we keep in touch. All the best, Rene Forrer, FC Regensdorf"

The EFS coaches, players and parents took a break from match play and were able to relax and enjoy a professional match on Sunday, March 30 at the San Siro Stadium in Milan , Italy, AC Milan vs Chievo Verona. The European Football School would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their assistance in coordinating the matches in Europe: Walter Grűter – head coach of Regensdorf (Zurich) former player and coach of FC Grasshopper René Forrer – technical director of Regensdorf (Zurich) Toni Ganzberger -FC Anif (Salzburg) Peter van Wordragen – head coach of FC Langen (Frankfurt) Mr. Sabit Sljivo – head coach of youth program FC Rovinj (Porec, Croatia) Head Coach, Saibo Talic, the EFS players and the EFS parents thank our assistant coaches on tour, Craig Chila, Dave Madill, and Brian Hansen, for their support of Saibo and the players, while preparing for the tour, and for their valuable coaching input before, during and after each match. EFS would like to offer our extreme thanks to EFS Tour Manager, Cyndi Gerlach, for her incredible organization of this successful tour, and we acknowledge and thank also Randi Sinclair, Russ Gheyssen, Keith Fitzpatrick, and John Wark who worked closely with Cyndi in coordinating accommodations, air transportation, ground transportation and the accounting of finances. Well done committee. To all the tour parents who supported the tour players, fed them, and tended to their physical and emotional needs while on tour, and reported the tour results via Blog, thank you so much. Your presence and support was much needed and appreciated by all. Until our next tour, enjoy playing the Beautiful Game.

Full team
Bayern training ground
FC Lanagen (before game)
PC Lanagaen post game
Salzburg team
Salzburg training
Salzburg game (start)
Ljubljana team
Ljubljana statue
Rovinj team
Rovinj team