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AYSO Region 418 Chicago Lakefront

AYSO's Player Development Pathway

Everyone Plays

AYSO Region 418 Chicago Lakefront offers a complete player development pathway which allows every child, from toddler to high school senior, to those with special needs, to play this beautiful game we love. Our programs teach children about good sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible teammate and opponent, by following AYSO's Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development.

By focusing on player development over winning, AYSO is truly child-first and child-focused. Our objective is to create an environment where each player has the opportunity to excel and reach their potential no matter if their goal is to play at the highest level, college, high-school or just to have fun!


AYSO Playground & Schoolyard Program

Our pathway begins with the Playground & Schoolyard program designed to introduce 3 to 5 year olds to soccer and develop fundamental motor skills in a low-pressure, fun environment. Playground & Schoolyard seasons are fall and spring.

AYSO Core Soccer Program

Players progress from the Playground & Schoolyard program into the Core program, which is our grassroots player development program spanning 6U through 18U age divisions. The Core program is designed to be age-appropriate and developmentally challenging. There are no tryouts or cuts, everyone is welcome to join all the fun, excitement, and learning that happens on the soccer fields in the Core program. Core soccer seasons are fall and spring, with optional winter programming.

AYSO EXTRA Soccer Program

Players looking for a more challenging environment within an AYSO soccer league are invited to try out for 9/10U and 11/12U teams in the AYSO418 EXTRA program. The EXTRA program is a progressive soccer experience with a strong emphasis on technical and tactical development. EXTRA is a tryout-based travel soccer program for the 10U and 12U age divisions only, with 2-year age divisions that mirror the Core program divisions. Players are required to be concurrently enrolled in the Core program and are effectively members of two teams, giving them double the practices and games as the Core program.  EXTRA soccer seasons are fall and spring. 


AYSO418 Chicago Northwind Soccer Club

The final phase of our player development pathway is the Chicago Northwind Soccer Club, a tryout-based travel soccer program which provides players the opportunity to play in the Illinois Youth Soccer Association gaming circuit, while still benefiting from AYSO's Six Philosophies. Northwind players are exposed to the challenges and competition of travel club soccer with a high level of commitment required, professional trainers, year-round training sessions, and a detailed focus on technical and tactical proficiency. Northwind soccer seasons are fall, winter, and spring, with optional summer training.

AYSO VIP Soccer Program

The VIP (Very Important Player) soccer program provides a safe, fun, and enriching environment for children whose developmental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. Successful participation in this program is defined by the player’s enjoyment and individual growth. VIP soccer seasons are fall and spring.

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AYSO Region 418 - Chicago Lakefront

4507 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640

Email Us: [email protected]
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