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AYSO EXTRA is returning in Evanston for Fall 2021-Spring 2022: Tryout Information

Evanston AYSO EXTRA Program Information

AYSO EXTRA is Competitive Travel Soccer within AYSO – at a modest price in comparison to Club Soccer.  EXTRA Program Players are on a regular Core AYSO Team and the EXTRA Team.  EXTRA adheres to the same principles as the Core (standard) AYSO program, but offers greater competition and additional opportunities for player development.  EXTRA teams have well trained, experienced volunteer coaches, and practices are led by paid professional trainers. Tryouts for EXTRA are held each Spring for the following Fall-Spring season.


  • EXTRA is a tryout based program – meaning that no player is guaranteed to make the squad. Even current players have to try out again each year.
  • Players in the AYSO EXTRA Program play on two teams - their Core AYSO team as well as the EXTRA (travel) team.
  • EXTRA teams play in a league against other AYSO EXTRA teams in the northern Chicagoland area. In EXTRA we keep score and standings; and hold a season ending tournament.
  • EXTRA adheres to the same principles as the Core AYSO program, including Everyone Plays, but offers greater competition and additional opportunities for player development.  All EXTRA players play at least half of all EXTRA games – not “starters” and “subs”.  We emphasize Positive Coaching and good sportsmanship. 
  • EXTRA is led by dedicated volunteers doing it for love of the game and love of their kids, but also utilizes paid professional soccer trainers.
  • We will have at least one boys and one girls team at U10 and at U12 as long as enough players are interested. If we have sufficient qualified, interested players we may add a second team in one or more division. If we do add a second team, the two teams will be balanced – not an “A” team and a “B” team.


For the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 season, boys or girls born in 2010-2013 are eligible to try out for EXTRA. Players born in 2009 or earlier are too old; players born in 2014 or later are too young. Players born 2010-2011 play U12. Players born 2012-2013 play U10.

Time Commitment

In total, a player in AYSO EXTRA has 2 soccer games a week (both Sunday) and 2-3 practices – a comparable amount of soccer as joining a club team.

EXTRA players are expected to attend practices and games with their Core AYSO team. Players are required to make at least 50% of their Core AYSO team games.

In addition, EXTRA Teams have 1-2 additional practices per week, typically on weeknights, and play one additional game each Sunday at 5:30 PM. Practices are scheduled based on coach and field availability. The teams are led by paid professional trainers.

The EXTRA schedule is similar to the Core schedule: teams play in the fall and spring, with a break during the winter.  For Fall 2021, the Core program and EXTRA weeks of play are the same: September 12, 2021 through November 7, 2021.


There is an additional fee for EXTRA. The estimated fee for 2021-2022 is $345 plus uniform costs, but this will be finalized soon.  The fee for EXTRA is in addition to the Core AYSO fee; EXTRA players must also be registered for the Core program. Scholarship funds are available, and payments plans can be offered.

EXTRA players will also need to purchase an EXTRA uniform kit directly from for approximately $50 before the season; details on this will be provided in July.


Email Evanston AYSO EXTRA Program Coordinators at [email protected].

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