St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

SLSG Illinois Players Head to Feyenoord


  1. This morning, 31 players and three coaches from SLSG Illinois departed for Holland where they will link up with Dutch powerhouse Feyenoord for nine days of training and matches as well as the opportunity to see three Eredivisie matches. The group will be staying in Rotterdam where Feyenoord is based and over the course of the week will train six times with Feyenoord’s Youth Academy staff and compete in three matches versus Dutch Professional Youth Academies.

According to Pre-Academy Director, Blake Decker, “We are extremely excited for what the coming nine days will bring. The opportunity to work with Feyenoord in setting up this trip has been fantastic and the itinerary created will be a once in a lifetime experience for these young men. They will be immersed in the Dutch soccer culture from the time they arrive, to the time we depart.”

Feyenoord has been recognized as the top youth academy in Holland for the past four years running; an award that is voted on by the coaches of the Dutch Federation each year.

According to SLSG Illinois Program Director, Dale Schilly “Feyenoord leads the way in youth player development, not only in Holland but in many ways, the world. The fact that SLSG Illinois players will be able to directly interact with their staff and compete against their sides over the course of a week is an opportunity few players will ever get and one that we know will be hugely beneficial for our players.

  1. The group of players traveling all come from the ’99, ’00 and ’01 birth years, save one, Kuzain Wan Kamal, who is a ’98 and will be on a separate itinerary from the rest of the group as he will spend the week training with Feyenoord’s U15 Youth Academy team. The group will arrive in Amsterdam at 6:30 AM on Saturday, March 1st and, after checking into the hotel, will have the first training session of the trip at 11:00 AM followed by lunch and then a bus ride to Arnhem to attend the first professional match of the week, Vitesse versus Roda FC.

To keep up with the team during their trip, please follow us on Twitter @SLSGILLINOIS.