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AYSO EXTRA Information


AYSO EXTRA is an optional tryout-based program that provides a way to play soccer at a more challenging level for those youth players who posses the desires, appropriate skills, and abilities. AYSO is a player-development, player-focused program within the AYSO player development pyramid. AYSO's Six Philosophies apply to the EXTRA program. 

The AYSO EXTRA program and its matches shall be conducted under the AYSO National Rules and Regulations that includes the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives with the following:

MATCH CONDUCT - Adhere to US Soccer Development Player Initiatives related to age guidelines for training number of matches in a day and year, and rest days which specifiy:

a.  Two to three training sessions per match
b.  Limit of 20 matches per calendar year for 10U
c.  Limit of 30 matches per calendar year for 11U and 12U
d.  Limit travel times (typically two hours one-way travel)

OFFICIATING - AYSO referees participating in the EXTRA program must be currently registered and accepted volunteers. In additions:

a.  Referees shall be a minimum of two years older than the oldest players in the division to which they have been
b.  Referees shall be approved by the Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) and/or Area Referee Administrator (ARA)
c.  Referees shall be evaluated and approved each Membership Year
d.  Participating regions must supply referees to cover the games being played by their region
e.  Referees will be assigned to games in divisions for which they are certified based on certification badge level as
     1.  10U Basic - Regional
     2.  12U/13U/14U - Intermediate
     3.  14U-18U - Advanced or National

COACHING - Coaches participating in the EXTRA program must be currently registered and accepted volunteer. In addition:

a.  Must be an active participant in the region's standard program as an instructor, coach or referee mentor, or other
     volunteer service the region determines adequate to fulfill this requirement
b.  Coach and assistant coach assignments shall be renewed each session
c.  Coaches must have completed the AYSO training levels below:
     1.  10U Division - 10U Coach Certified
     2.  11U/12U Division - 12U Coach Certified
     3.  13U/14U Division - Intermediate and Advanced Coach Certified
     4.  15U Division and Up - Advanced with National Preferred
     5.  Each EXTRA Program Team shall have a coach and an assistant coach

EXTRA may differ in length and type for each region that offers the program. It may run for a few months or up to a year long. There are two types of EXTRA teams; Side-by-Side and Concurrent. Team coaches usually decide which type of EXTRA team they form. 

Side-by-Side:  An EXTRA side-by-side player may not paly on another AYSO standard primary program team during the same season, nor will they be eligible for All-Star play. It is strongly encouraged players participate in the infoor (Futsal) season.

Concurrent:  An EXTRA concurrent player may play on another AYSO standard primary program team during the same season, and they will be eligible for All-Star play. Should there be conflicts over practices and/or games, the standard primary program team takes priority. 

(All-Star is a secondary program and is a historical AYSO program in some parts of the country and AYSO allows it organization-wide as an optional offering.)

EXTRA teams are formed through a tryout procedure (see below). Once formed, the EXTRA teams will stay together for the duration of however long each region has their EXTRA season. This could range anywhere from a few months to a full AYSO membership year. Players may be added to EXTRA teams with the approval of the Regional Commissioner for the region they are playing, and maximum roster size for the age division is not exceeded.

As a separate program, EXTRA is usually funded independently from the primary seasons. It may vary by region. Additional costs for tournament fees, uniforms, and other expenses may apply. 



AYSO EXTRA teams will be formed by fair and impartial tryouts. There may be multiple tryouts. Players may not need to attend all tryouts. However, the more time the evaluators see a player, the more accurate the evaluation. 

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY - Any player is eligible to participate in the EXTRA program subject to the following:

a.  Player eligibility, as it pertains to age requirements to participate in a specific gender/age bracket, is defined in the 
     AYSO National Rules & Regulations
b.  Players not currently registered as a member of AYSO may attend a tryout by registering online at a region offering
     the EXTRA program
c.  Before a player can participate in any training and/or much play, they must be registered is the AYSO System of
     Record and have participated in a player evaluation/tryout
d.  The AYSO System of Record shall be the source of determining all players' current registration status

PLAYER SELECTION - Selection of players to join EXTRA teams are subject to the following:

a.  Players may only be selected from candidates who attended tryouts. The Section Director or his/her designee
     overseeing the gaming circuit must approve any exceptions
b.  Once selected and position accepted, the player may not drop one team and be picked up by another team during
     that season. All players and parents will sign the team commitment form which prohibits all participants in the AYSO
     EXTRA Program from switching teams during the session
c.  Tryouts should be conducted using the standard format and evaluation forms available from the AYSO National
     EXTRA Program Director should be contacted for advice

TRYOUT PROCESS - Evaluations shall be impartial as possible. Tryouts should be conducted in accordance with the following:

a.  Evaluators should be certified coaches at one age division older (except 19U) than the division be evaluated. AYSO
     Camp coaches and/or Challenger coaches may be used as evaluators with permission of the Regional 
     Commissioner in the region offering the EXTRA Program
b.  Coaches of an EXTRA Program team should not participate in their team's evaluations. Coaches should observe all
     the players throughout the evaluations
c.  A parent or players trying out for an EXTRA Program team should not participate as an evaluator for his/her child's
     gender/age bracket
d.  Evaluators are encouraged to use a small-sided game format to evaluate players
e.  Evaluators are strongly encouraged to utilize the AYSO Player Evaluation Procedure
f.  Evaluators are to submit player ranking/ratings and their recommendation to the EXTRA Program Director for record
g.  The EXTRA Program Director, or the nominated designee, shall compile a proposed team roster for discussion with
     the team coaches
h.  Arbitration over player selection rests with the EXTRA Program Director or Regional Commissioner

Contact your region for more information