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EXTRA Program Governance

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

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

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

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 2 hours one way travel)

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

a. Referees shall be a minimum of two years older than the oldest players in the division to which they have been assigned.

b. Referees shall be approved by the Region 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 in their Region.

e. Referees will be assigned to games in divisions for which they are certified based on certification badge level as follows:

1.    10U Basic – Regional

2.    12U/13U/14U Intermediate

3.    14U to 18U Advanced or National

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

a.    Must be an active participant in the Region’s standard primary 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 season.

c.    Coaches must have completed the AYSO training levels below:

1.    10U Division ‐ U10 Coach Certified

2.    11U/12U Divisions ‐ U12 Coach Certified

3.    13U/14U Divisions ‐ 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.

The EXTRA Program in Region 498 is a year-long program running from Aug to May each year. There are 2 types of EXTRA team, Side-by-Side and Concurrent. The team coaches will decide which type of EXTRA team they form.

Side-by-Side
:  An EXTRA side‐by‐side player may not play 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 Indoor 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. Region 498 does not typically form All-Star teams.)

EXTRA teams are formed through a Tryout procedure (see below), which will be conducted in June-August each year. Once formed, the EXTRA teams will stay together for the whole AYSO membership year. Players may be added to EXTRA teams with the approval of the Region Commissioner, and maximum roster size for the age division is not exceeded.

As a separate program, EXTRA is funded independently from the primary seasons. Additional costs for tournament fees, uniforms, and other expenses may apply, but the intent is to have a single payment to cover the whole year. Payment by installments will be provided.  

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AYSO Madison AL, Region 498

P.O. Box 182 
Madison, Alabama 35758

Email Us: commissioner@ayso498.org
Phone : 256-684-2959
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