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Northwind SC & AYSO EXTRA Tryouts

Chicago Northwind SC and AYSO EXTRA travel soccer programs will hold combined tryouts. Online registration is required. Arrive 30 minutes prior to tryout start time, to check in. Tryout participants must wear shin guards and bring a ball. Players who are interested in goalkeeper positions should attend both their age group tryout as well as the goalkeeper tryout.

Click here to Register for Tryouts

Tryout Locations: 
Foster Turf Fields 1&2 : turf fields at W. Foster Avenue and the Chicago lakefront, east of Lake Shore Drive
Clark Park : turf fields at W. Addison Street, west of N. Western Avenue
River Park : turf fields at N. Albany Avenue and W. Argyle Street, on the west side of the North Branch Chicago River

Email the Northwind Director of Coaching, Tom Roe at [email protected] if your child cannot attend the tryout or makeup dates listed below, to make alternative arrangements.

Tryout Schedule

 Age GroupTryout Date Time Location 
 2013 Boys05/17/20194-5:30pm Foster Turf
 2011, 2012 Boys05/15/20194-5:30pmFoster Turf
 2009, 2010 Boys05/16/20194-5:30pm Foster Turf
 2007, 2008 Boys05/15/20195:30-7pmFoster Turf 
 2005, 2006 Boys05/16/2019 5:30-7pm Foster Turf
 2003, 2004 Boys06/01/20198-10am Clark Park
 2001, 2002 Boys06/01/2019 1-3pm Clark Park
 2013 Girls05/18/2019 1-3pm Clark Park 
 2011, 2012 Girls05/22/20194-5:30pm Foster Turf
 2009, 2010 Girls05/23/2019 4-5:30pm Foster Turf
 2007, 2008 Girls05/22/2019 5:30-7pm  Foster Turf
 2005, 2006 Girls05/23/2019 5:30-7pm Foster Turf
 2003, 2004 Girls05/10/2019 5:30-7pm
Clark Park
 2001, 2002 Girls05/10/2019 5:30-7pm
Clark Park

 Age GroupMakeup Date Time Location 
 2013 Boys05/18/20191-3pm Clark Park
 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Boys05/17/20194-5:30pm Foster Turf
 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Boys05/17/2019  5:30-7pm Foster Turf
 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Girls05/24/2019 4-5:30pm Foster Turf  
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Girls05/24/2019 5:30-7pm Foster Turf  
 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Girls05/12/20191-3pmClark Park

 Age GroupDate Time Location 
 2011, 2012, 2013 Boys05/16/20194-5pm Foster Turf 
 2008, 2009, 2010 Boys05/16/20195-6pm Foster Turf 
 2005, 2006, 2007 Boys05/16/2019 6-7pm Foster Turf 
 2011, 2012, 2013 Girls05/23/2019 4-5pm Foster Turf 
2008, 2009, 2010 Girls 05/23/2019 5-6pm Foster Turf 
2005, 2006, 2007 Girls 05/23/2019 6-7pm Foster Turf 

AYSO's Travel Soccer Programs

AYSO Region 418 offers two travel soccer programs for players who are looking for a more competitive soccer experience: Chicago Northwind SC and AYSO EXTRA.

Chicago Northwind SC fields teams from U7/U8 to U19, with the goal of providing an opportunity for participants to play travel soccer at the highest level commensurate with their individual ability, potential, and interest. Northwind teams play in competitive leagues not affiliated with AYSO. The boys' teams compete in the Young Sportsmen's Soccer League and the girls' teams compete in the Illinois Women's Soccer League.

AYSO EXTRA is an AYSO interregional soccer program that allows players to represent AYSO Region 418 in games with teams from other AYSO regions in the Chicago area. EXTRA offers progressive player development, designed for players who have the interest, skills and abilities that want to enhance their experience and individual growth through soccer, within the National AYSO Program. EXTRA fields boys' and girls' teams in the 10U and 12U divisions. EXTRA players are required to be concurrently enrolled in the Core Program and are therefore members of two teams.

The Northwind SC and AYSO EXTRA programs follow AYSO's Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. 


Signed forms can be submitted at tryouts, or uploaded to your account when accepting a Northwind SC or AYSO EXTRA team invitation. To upload forms to your account, click the pencil icon to the right of the participant's name on your My Account page, to Edit Participant Info and upload file.

  • Proof of Age  - Required of all NEW players. Upload a clear scan or photo of player's birth certificate or passport.
  • YSSL Player Commitment Form (link coming soon) - Required of all Northwind boys.
  • IWSL Player Registration Form - Required of all Northwind girls
  • IYSA Medical Release & Liability Waiver  - Required of all Northwind players, boys & girls. Print and sign form, upload to account, and return  signed copy to coach at first practice.  
  • Concussion Information Sheet - (Spanish) - Required of all Northwind and EXTRA players, boys & girls.
  •  AYSO Player General Release - For players under the age of 18 who will be walking, biking, or driving themselves home from practices or games.

Selection Process

The tryout committee recognizes that tryouts are extremely important to players and families. We have tried to make the tryout process a fair, fun, and pressure-free environment for the players. The decision to place a player on a team is never made unilaterally, but through group deliberation and consensus. This ensures a fair and objective tryout selection process. By using an evaluation system that utilizes multiple criteria, the tryout committee’s goal is to ensure that its final decision on team placement is objective and holistic. Decisions are made after a thorough and careful review by the tryout committee. 

Players must be registered for tryouts through a parent account on this website, in order to receive an invitation to a Northwind SC or AYSO EXTRA team. Invitations will be sent by email to the address on the parent's account, with instructions for accepting or declining the invitation. Invited players will not be considered rostered Northwind or EXTRA team members until the program fees have been paid. Payment plans are available, as well as a limited number of scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, submit the online Application for Financial Assistance

Northwind SC Program Costs:

The Northwind program fees include professional training, league registration for Fall, Winter and Spring seasons, two practices per week and one tournament per season. Uniforms will be ordered separately, through, for an additional cost. Transportation and hotel costs are not included in the program fees. If individual teams would like to participate in additional tournaments, those teams must pay separately for additional tournament entry fees. 

U7 (Fall-Winter-Spring): $1,100, no tournaments
U8 - U9 (Fall-Winter-Spring): $1,995
U10 - U12 (Fall-Winter-Spring): $2,200
U13 - U14 (Fall-Winter-Spring): $2,300
High School (Fall-Winter for Girls; Winter-Spring for Boys): $1,400

AYSO EXTRA Program Costs:

The EXTRA program fee for Fall and Spring seasons is $370 per player. This fee includes professional training and one EXTRA team practice per week. EXTRA players must be concurrently enrolled in the Core Program, an additional $200 cost. Core teams will have one practice per week. Core games will be played on Saturdays and EXTRA games will be played on Sundays. Uniforms are purchased separately through, for an additional fee. Transportation is not included for away games.

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4507 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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