Eastside FC Offers European Travel Opportunity for Summer 2017
Travel and Train with Ajax in The Netherlands
Summer 2017 European Trip
Fri, Mar 3, 2017, Informational Meeting for EFC Players and Families
Aug 18-27, 2017, EFC/Generation Adidas trip to Amsterdam/AJAX, THE NETHERLANDS

The Kick-Off and Informational Meeting for the Summer 2017 Trip Is Fri, March 3

The time to start planning for summer 2017 team travel is now.  Eastside FC boys and girls born in 2004 and 2005 are eligible.  Former EFC Coach Fernando Barros and Generation Adidas are organizing an information session for players and parents to learn about the summer 2017 itinerary. Families interested should attend, but if unable, should contact Barros at to indicate interest.

  • What:  International Travel Information Meeting for Summer 2017
  • When: Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 7:00pm
  • Where:
Eastside FC Office at Arena Sports in Issaquah
(Enter through Issaquah Fitness and ask at front desk. Use stair on the right side of the lobby and follow to the top floor.)
2115 NW Poplar Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
Questions about the 2017 international travel opportunity can be directed to Coach Fernando Barros,

About the Program

(Feb 13, 2017) After another great European soccer adventure in summer, former EFC Coach Fernando Barros is energized, and getting ready for another international trip this year with U13s and U14s (2004 and 2005 birth years) and their families. Eastside FC will work again with Generation Adidas International this summer, and is offering a trip to the Netherlands, where over ten days, August 18-27, our players can train with the Ajax professional soccer academy at their official training complex, participate in friendly games and put in some sightseeing along with their families in touring Amsterdam, Zaandam (known for picturesque windmills) and Volendam (a traditional fishing village). You can link to a GAI's official travel itinerary for the 2017 trip at right.

The opportunity to travel internationally to play soccer should be a part of every player experience, and is formally offered by Eastside FC. The club's program is coordinated by Coach Barros, under the direction of Tom Bialek, our EFC Coaching Director, and offered through Generation Adidas. It is designed to provide our players an opportunity to train, play and learn from professional coaches at some of the worlds' most storied clubs, as well as an opportunity to travel abroad to experience the world’s game from another perspective. 

For the past 20 years, Barros has organized trips for at least 16 boys' and girls' teams to play in tournaments, get training, and even do a little sightseeing in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany, England, Iceland and Brazil. According to Barros, "Playing overseas creates a lasting impression that develops a player’s awareness of his or her place as a global citizen.  The travel experience certainly creates memories that will stay with us all for the rest of our lives.  Afterall," he continues, "the world is made up of individuals united by a shared passion and love for the game of soccer."



Eligibility for Team Travel Abroad

International travel opportunities are offered to all enrolled Eastside FC boys and girls, U13s and U14s. Individual players and entire teams can be accommodated. The same opportunity to travel for the players will be offered to the players' parents and siblings.



Eastside FC worked with Generation Adidas International (GAI) to develop travel plans for the 2017 program. Generation Adidas International will implement and manage the overall trip, including offering comprehensive travel and medical insurance.  A link to a tentative itinerary is posted at the upper right of this page.

Registration, payments and the latest travel info will be available through the GAI  website. 

What Eastside FC Parents Have to Say About EFC International Trips in Years Past (not previously through GAI)

  • "I would never have gotten John and Ian to go on a museum and site-seeing tour of Europe. This allowed our family to travel together to new places, explore new cultures and enjoy the time that we were there by playing soccer and meeting new people."  - BU16 Parent

  • "International travel was invaluable for three reasons: (1) great cultural experience in general  based on the number of historic sites we were able to squeeze in, (2) the inevitable team-bonding which noticeably elevated our team’s play to a new level on the field once we returned home, and (3) an intangible pride in playing ’the world’s game’ when the boys saw how much soccer is beloved outside of the United States."  - BU18 Parent

  • "Ryan’s international soccer trip experience made him grow in so many ways.  He had to step up and be accountable for getting himself to training, scrimmages, meals, and transportation on time and with all his gear. His brain was always ’on.’  He got to witness teams from other countries and how they responded to the coaches and interacted with each other. Most of all, he got to bond with a group of boys in a way that no weekend tournament or week of training ever would. It is an experience that I hope he gets to enjoy at least one more time before he graduates from high school." - BU14 Parent