TeamStay Sports is a sports team travel service based in Minnesota. We specialize in a 2 week, fully guided and custom planned trip 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 include the cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, Sweden’s 3 largest cities. Our dedication to your enjoyment, competitive soccer matches, and your teams cultural experience is why year after year more soccer teams join us.
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 retired 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.
My first trip to Sweden in 1998 as assistant coach of a Black Hawks premier team inspired me to find a way to make this trip an opportunity for my daughters and their teams. Teamstay Sports was born out of this inspiration, the positive responses of the initial trips and the continued demand for competitive teams to experience soccer on the international stage. The last 20+ years have been filled with many teams that have experienced the same joy and rush that I did in 1998.
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. Team Stay Sports is committed to taking 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.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 retired from coaching soccer at Bethany Lutheran College (women 2001-2006, men 1998-present) in 2018. In 2010 Rob was recognized at UMAC Coach of the Year and in 2002 he was recognized as Region #13 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 the USA Cup.
Rob is also a sports consultant for Dream Team Sports Tours based in Como, Italy. He facilitates, organizes and occasionally travels with college trips for many Midwest colleges.
Don’t Just Visit, Live it!
With TeamStay Sports
Professionally led Gothia Cup soccer team travel service based in southern Minnesota.