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-- What is AYSO Extra?

AYSO Extra is a select program that has been implemented by AYSO Section 11 (Southern California) – Area K (Huntington Beach), Area L (Southern Orange County) and Area Q (Central Orange County). The objective of the AYSO Extra program is to provide top players within each region a more competitive playing experience than traditionally offered through the fall recreational program. Players participating in this program will compete against Extra teams from other regions and local areas during a season lasting from September to December.

The AYSO Extra teams are formed in between March and June, through a comprehensive tryout process.  Region 1422 is tentatively planning on fielding up to five teams this fall. Older players in the U16 and U19 age brackets already play on an inter-regional basis, and thus there is not a need for AYSO Extra at these age levels.

The Extra program requires more local travel and commitment, so it may not be right for everyone. This program was designed for serious soccer players and their families and may not be appropriate for strong athletes who compete in many sports.  While many Extra games will be played within Area L (South Orange County), some games or tournaments will be played outside Area L. There also may be occasional Sunday games or double-headers.

-- How Does AYSO Extra Compare With Club Soccer?

AYSO Extra teams are comprised of registered players from within each respective Region. AYSO Extra is equivalent to club soccer at the upper Bronze or lower Silver level of play. Club soccer balances its teams by having different levels of play.

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Silver Elite
  • Gold

All new club teams start at the bronze level, with only the top 2 or 3 teams from each pool advancing to a higher level of play in the subsequent year. Poor performing teams can be demoted from higher to lower levels of play. AYSO Extra teams can, and often do participate in club soccer tournaments following the fall and spring seasons that are geared toward the Bronze or Silver level of competition.

-- How Is AYSO Extra Different From Club Soccer?

AYSO Extra is still an AYSO program. Thus, Everyone Plays means that every player will play a minimum of one-half the game. Club soccer teams often do not offer any playing time guarantee. As the AYSO Extra program is offered through your local AYSO Region, your practice fields will be local, and your fees are the same as the recreational program, plus fees for participation in tournaments (nominally $35/player/tournament). Coaches are trained through AYSO clinics and usually hold a minimum of an Advanced Coach certification.

Club soccer costs between $800 - $2,500, depending upon the club and the number of tournaments that the team enters.

  AYSO Extra Club Soccer
Playing Time At least half game No guarantee
Fields Local Anywhere
Cost Standard registration fee (~$125) $800 - $2,500
Uniforms Covered by Fee May be extra


-- How Can I Participate on an AYSO Extra Team?

Selection onto an AYSO Extra team in Region 1422 is through a tryout process that is open to everyone that will register as a player within Region 1422. The tryout process will evaluate players on the basis of their complete skill set, including but not limited to defending, attacking, speed, ball control, game knowledge, attitude, and effort exhibited through drills and small-sided scrimmages. The players will be evaluated and scored by a committee of experienced Region 1422 coaches.

Tryouts for Fall 2015 at LHCC:

Monday May 18th 
    BU10 & GU10  4:30-6:00pm
    BU13 & GU13  6:00-7:30pm
    GU14 & GU15  7:30-9:00pm

    Wednesday May 20th 

    BU10 & GU10  4:30-6:00pm
    BU13 & GU13  6:00-7:30pm
    GU14 & GU15  7:30-9:00pm

Please bring completed Application form with you to the tryout to help expedite the process.

Registered players who are not selected for the Extra team will be notified and placed on a recreational soccer team within Region 1422 for our Fall program. Although players will be chosen in the spring, final team formation will be contingent on Region 1422’s fall player sign-up numbers. To field an AYSO Extra team, the Region must have an adequate number of players in the same gender/age bracket in their Fall Recreational program.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Frey,

-- Region 1422 Extra Coaching Requirements

Those wishing to coach or assistant coach a Region 1422 Extra team will be selected by a Region 1422 committee and must, at a minimum, meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have “age-appropriate” training and certification (e.g. U12 Coach Training for a U12 Team)
  2. Complete the minimum training levels below:
    • U12 Coach Certification for U10
    • Intermediate Coach Certification for U11 - U12
    • Advanced Coach Training for U13 - U14
  3. Completed at least the Basic Referee Training

-- Extra Program Guidelines

See extra program guideline.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Frey,