Academy of Soccer Excellence (ASE) is a youth soccer club in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Washington. ASE provides the Tri-Cities (Tri Cities) soccer player high levels of competition and training.

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Competitive Program

What are Competitive Teams?
Competitive teams are the highest levels of competition offered at ASE. Competitive teams are formed based on a tryout and compete in competitive leagues. Below is a chart to help you identify which age group your child would compete.

2017-2018 Age Chart


Age Group

Player Date of Birth

Recreational Program

'12 / U6

January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012

'11 / U7

January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

'10 / U8

January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010

Development Group

'09 / U9

January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009

'08 / U10

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

Competitive Program

'07 / U11

January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007

'06 / U12

January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006

'05 / U13

January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005

'04 / U14

January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004

'03 - '99

U15 - U19

January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2003






At what levels of play do Competitive Teams compete?

Competitive teams typically compete in District Select (Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho), or the Puget Sound Premier League (state competition). At certain divisions, ASE has teams that compete at the highest levels of competition in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Champions League. Each team is placed into a league by the ASE Training and Coaching Staff based on several factors including team qualifications, past team success, and overall player development objectives.
When are Competitive teams formed?
Competitive teams are typically formed in May and June and run until tryouts the following year, but it is important to check the website regularily because ASE could hold a tryout as early as February or any time throughout the year. Certain age divisions (e.g. high school tryouts are typically held shortly after high school seasons come to an end).
How are Competitive teams formed?
Competitive teams are formed based on tryout and selection process conducted by the ASE Training and Coaching Staff. Evaluation camps are held at different times of the year depending on age division and level of play.

How much travel is involved with a Competitive team?
This depends on the league and the number of tournaments that the team chooses to compete in.
  • District Select and Inland Northwest Copa leagues play games primarily in Eastern Washington. For the most part, there are no overnight stays involved. 
  • Premier teams compete in the Puget Sound Premier League and play games throughout the state. Normally this involves 3 to 5 trips to western Washington during league play with some overnight stays possibly required.
  • Select and Premier teams are likely to attend one or more tournaments throughout the year which typically require overnight stays.

What are the ASE Team Fees once my child has made a team?
Once your child has made a Competitive team, there are three additional costs that you can expect to incur; League Fees, Player Kit Fees (uniforms, bags, warm-ups), and Tournament Fees.  We recommend that you speak with your head coach about league and tournament plans prior to accepting an offer to join an Competitive team.
  • League Fees are fall/spring season fees that are used to register your team into a league. Each player is required to pay a portion of this fee 60 days prior to the starting of the league. League fees are determined by the league organizer (e.g. Inland Northwest COPA league, PSPL, etc.). The typical league fee can run from $5 to $27 per player depending on the level of play your team chooses to compete.
  • Player Kit  - Each player is required to purchase the minimum player kit which includes your home and away game jersey, shorts, and socks. Player kit fees are collected shortly after the team is formed. The player kit typically runs about $140 tax. You may also buy ASE warm-ups and an ASE bag.
  • Tournament Fees largely depend on the number, and type, of tournaments that your team chooses to compete in. These fees are difficult to estimate for the year although, typically teams that compete in state leagues, such as the PSPL, end their seasons with at least one state tournament which runs approximately $400 or $29/player (assuming a 14 player roster). If a team chooses to play in additional tournaments, then those fees would be in addition to this one. Tournament Fees are typically collected just prior to registering for a tournament. You can expect your team to play in between 1 and 6 tournaments per calendar year. These tournaments are chosen based upon the coach with parent input.
Note: Competitive teams are encouraged to raise additional funds through team sponsorships and team fundraising. Team sponsorships are divided equally amongst the team to reduce individual player costs. Team fundraising is based upon the amount of players participating in the fundraising. Players may also get individual sponsorships for their portion of the costs.