TeamStay Sports is a sports team travel service based in southern Minnesota. We specialize in 1 to 3 week, fully guided and custom planned adventures to Scandinavia where U14-U19 soccer teams compete in the Gothia Cup, see the sights, and homestay with soccer players their age. Our professional trips can take you to many amazing adventures from Iceland to Stockholm. Our dedication to your enjoyment, competitive soccer matches, and your teams cultural experience is why year after year more soccer teams join us. Read their testimonials to learn more about why we are considered the best Gothia Cup travel service in the Midwest.
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A Little History
Welcome to Teamstay Sports! I am Rob Pipal, your well traveled leader of TSS trips to the Gothia Cup. I am a collegiate soccer coach, player–still!, parent and life long enthusiast of the “beautiful game”. I first started playing soccer at Robbinsdale high school in Minnesota. My high school coach and my first club team coach were both from Hungary. I was always aware that soccer was not only an American sport, it was an international game, and the passion of the game is shared around the globe.
I was invited to go to Sweden in 1998 to be an assistant coach for a U-19 and U-16 teams. I had never traveled internationally, so everything was new and exciting. I fell in love with the thrill of being in such a large tournament and experiencing the different languages of all the teams we played.
After that trip to Sweden in 1998 I decided to make this trip each year with my soccer teams. I had three kids that all loved soccer so I first took my oldest daughter in 2002 with her team and they had such a great experience. Team Stay Sports was born out of this success and the demand for competitive teams to experience soccer on the international stage. The last 14 years have been filled with many teams that have experienced the same joy and rush that I did in 1998.
People ask me if it gets old going to the same tournament every year? Absolutely not!! I still get goose bumps every time I attend the Gothia Cup opening ceremonies. Every year is brand new with new teams that have never been to the Gothia Cup or had the opportunity to homestay with a Swedish soccer club and their families. My reward is to see people have an amazing time and grow from their cultural experience. That never gets old!
Why travel with us?
At Teamstay Sports, we do things differently than other travel companies. We seek to change the lives of each of our players by bringing them closer to the local peoples and cultures in a way that encourages friendships and makes them better citizens of the world. We are not a typical tour operator nor travel agency. We are committed to take the hassle, stress, and wasted expenses out of travel and to fill it with, family friendly fun, adventure, relaxation and peace of mind.
About Rob Pipal
Rob Pipal has been coordinating trips and coaching soccer teams for competition in Scandinavia since 2002. Every Scandinavian trip has included visits to Iceland, Sweden and Denmark and ended with four days of home stays in Malmo, Sweden. Previous trips have been with boys and girls teams ages 15 to 19.
Rob Pipal holds a premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is beginning his 18th year of coaching soccer at Bethany Lutheran College (women 2001-2006, men 1998-present). In 2010 Rob was recognized at UMAC Coach of the Year and in 2002 he was recognized as Region #13 women’s ,Coach of the Year.
Rob has coached MUSC boys and girls teams from 1999-2015. Soccer accomplishments include: 3 MYSA State championships, advancement of four MUSC club teams from C-2 to C-1 level, and many tournament championships including NSC Cup and USA Cup.
Rob is also a sports consultant for Dream Team Sports Tours based in Como, Italy. The Bethany men’s and women’s soccer teams have traveled to Sweden, Italy and Spain on trips organized by Rob Pipal. He has also facilitated and organized collegiate trips for other Midwest colleges .
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Professionally led Gothia Cup soccer team travel service based in southern Minnesota.