Each PFA International Tour itinerary is customized to meet
the goals and objectives of the departing group. Typical tour
itineraries include a combination of friendly matches against
international teams, city touring, professional team matches
and a variety of cultural experiences. In addition, teams will
also have the opportunity to be trained throughout the week
by a professional player or a licensed member of the
PFA has the ability to schedule matches based on team
ability. In the past, some matches have included teams such
as world-class clubs Werder Bremen (Germany), St. Pauli
(Germany), Malmö FF (Sweden), Malahide FC (Ireland)
and FC Groningen (Holland).
A key aspect of PFA international tours is that the framework
of each tour has been developed over many years. Each
tour innately blends a few basic principles. First, players are
treated as “future” professionals. Each player learns to take
responsibility to be cordial to others, respect other cultures
and represent their team and country. Secondly, the itinerary
is constructed as a blend of structure and freedom.
As a tour guide, PFA takes the lead to show tour participants
certain cities and cultural attractions, but individuals are also
given the freedom to explore on their own. One of the best
ways to understand a culture is to interact with its people,
not by driving by a landmark.