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EXTRA Play Program

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The EXTRA Play program (formally referred to as "Plus") was developed for 9U through 14U players with advanced soccer skills who wish to develop their skills on a more competitive level. Recognizing the need to offer an AYSO based program for higher caliber players, and to help develop players for high school and college competition, AYSO is providing a program that will provide a higher level of training from more experienced coaches and a higher level of competition for those involved. Players participating in this program will compete against EXTRA Play teams from other regions and local areas during a season lasting from September to December.  In addition to the fall season, many teams may continue into the Spring Season as a Competitive team.

The EXTRA Play program requires more travel and commitment than a regular recreational team, 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. Our recreational program still provides many opportunities for competitive soccer with fewer demands for time and travel.

While many EXTRA Play games will be played within Area L (South Orange County), some games or tournaments will be played outside Area L. The other local Areas Q, K, Z and E may play host to some games as well, i.e. Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Yorba Linda, Whittier and Long Beach, just to name a few. There also may be occasional Sunday games or double-headers.

Potential players must participate in the try-out and be selected to play on an EXTRA Play soccer team. The final decision will be made by the Regional Staff and the head coach facilitating the try-out process. The decision is based on soccer skill level, attitude, player position, and commitment to the EXTRA Play program.

The EXTRA Play program allows each region to provide a team for each age level unlike recreational soccer where two ages are combined in many divisions.  For example, AYSO recreational programs combine ten-year-old players and eleven-year-old players in the 12U age group.  The EXTRA Play program provides a team for 11U and a separate team for 12U.  There are also teams for 9U, 10U, 13U, and 14U. 

If the EXTRA Play program sounds like the right program for your player and family, watch our calendar for try-out information.  Try-outs are generally held in the spring and these teams stay together for one full year.  Registered players who are not selected for an EXTRA Play team will be notified and placed on a recreational soccer team within Region 84 for our Fall Season program.   All players placed on a recreational Fall team will still have an opportunity to be considered for a Spring Season team from our recreational program. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the EXTRA Play Program Director.


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