How Do Region 13 Playoffs Work?

DISCLAIMER

This information represents a general model of what we try to make our playoffs look like each year. All plans are subject to change, and while we strive to give all teams at least one playoff game, weather could force us to enact extreme scenarios, including but not limited to going straight to finals or semi-finals with only a few teams per division, changing participants in A/B/C flights, canceling B/C flights, etc (please see example below). When rain is in the forecast, please check back here regularly for updates.

FINAL STANDINGS

The Fall 2019 standings are now final. All results have been tallied, and all tiebreakers implemented to determine final standing. Click here for final standings.

PLAYOFF STRUCTURE

The Region 13 playoffs are for 10U-14U teams. They are single-elimination, using brackets, or flights, to group teams. They are based on final regular-season pool standings. The exact breakdown changes every year, based on team count, but for 2019, there are 10 flights. They break down as follows –

B10U Flight A
Top 4 teams from each pool = 16-team bracket
All teams play first round 12/7, quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/8, and finals 12/8 (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

B10U Flight B
5th-place and 6th-place teams from each pool = 8-team bracket
All teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/14, and finals 12/15

B10U Flight C
Last two teams from each pool = 8-team bracket
All teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/14, and finals 12/15

G10U Flight A
Top 6 teams from each pool = 12-team bracket
Top 2 from each pool get first-round bye, others play first-round, cross-pool, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/8, and finals 12/8 (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

G10U Flight B
Last 5 teams from each pool = 10-team bracket
7th-, 8th-, and 9th-place teams from each pool get first-round bye, others play first-round, cross-pool, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/14, and finals 12/15

B12U Flight A
Top 6 teams from each pool = 12-team bracket
Top 2 from each pool get first-round bye, others play first-round, cross-pool, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/8, and finals 12/8 (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

B12U Flight B
Last 3 teams from each pool = 6-team bracket
7th-place team from each pool get first-round bye, while other four play first-round, cross-pool, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play semi-finals 12/7, and finals 12/15

G12U Flight A
All teams = 12-team bracket
Top 4 get first-round bye, while 5v12, 6v11, 7v10 and 8v9 play first-round, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/8, and finals 12/8 (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

B14U Flight A
All teams = 10-team bracket
Top 6 get first-round bye, while 7v10 and 8v9 play first-round, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/8, and finals 12/8 (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

G14U Flight A
All teams = 9-team bracket
8v9 play first-round, play-in game 12/7
Then remaining teams play quarter-finals 12/7, semi-finals 12/8, and finals 12/8 (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

WHAT IF IT’S TIED AFTER REGULATION?

Our usual format says that all playoff games ending in a tie proceed directly to Kicks From The Penalty Mark (“KFTPM”), except for Final round games, which will have two five-minute periods before proceeding to KFTPM. For details or changes, see playoff schedule. For KFTPM rules, click here.

MINIMUM PLAY RULE

The minimum-play rule from regular season still applies during Region 13 playoffs. All players must play a minimum of three quarters.

GOALKEEPER LIMITATIONS LIFTED DURING PLAYOFFS

In 10U, during playoffs only, there is no limitation on how long a player can play as GK, as long as the team fulfills the three-quarter minimum playing rule for all players. Note that this is different than the rule for the 10U regular season, when a player can not play more than two quarters as GK.

In 12U, during playoffs only, there is no limitation on how long a player can play as GK, as long as the team fulfills the three-quarter minimum playing rule for all players. Note that this is different than the rule for the 12U regular season, when a player can not play more than two quarters as GK.

In 14U, there is no limitation on how long a player can play as GK, as long as the team fulfills the three-quarter minimum playing rule for all players. This is the same as during regular season play.

WHEN DO YOU POST THE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE?

The final standings will be tallied and posted a few days after the final games. The playoff schedule is usually posted the Monday after Thanksgiving. Often, though, the posted schedule only contains the first round. There are too many coaches and refs with multiple teams for the second-round to be scheduled without knowing the results of the first games.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING?

Our scheduler has to tally the final standings, then schedule the entire MST tournament during the week of Thanksgiving, then tally the results all next weekend. And somewhere in there, he might just find some time to have a bite of turkey with his family, so please be patient to see the playoff schedule posted.

REF ASSIGNMENTS

Ref assignments apply during playoffs.

On fields with consecutive games all day, your team’s ref assignment is for the game before (first game of day covers last game of day). For 10U and 12U, home team sends two refs, away team sends one; for 14U, both teams send one AR to the game before. On fields where there is a break in the middle of the day, games are played in pairs. The two morning games ref each other and the two afternoon games ref each other. For 10U and 12U, home team sends two refs, away team sends one; for 14U, both teams send one AR. As it gets further into the playoffs, some semi-finals and finals may have refs assigned, but we don’t have resources to assign all those games, so Team Refs should be prepared for lots of action!

Don’t forget the tricky part – ref obligations remain, even after teams are eliminated. For example, a team who loses the first game of the day still has the ref assignment for the last game of the day. And teams from the last game of the day have to ref the game before, even though they won’t know they’re the last game of the day until they win in the morning. For details or changes, see playoff schedule.

PRACTICES

Weekly team practices continue for as long as a team is alive in the playoffs. Day, time, and field stay the same, except in some cases where field may change because access to fields is more limited in December. Coaches will be notified and practices moved when necessary.

MEDALS / TROPHIES

Champions in each flight get trophies. Runners-up in each flight get medals.

WE REALLY MIGHT HAVE FOUR GAMES IN ONE WEEKEND?

Most years, Region 13 finishes its playoffs over two weekends in December, and A-Flight champions advance to the Area League Playoffs the following weekend. But in some years (2019, for example), the calendar is such that the six A Flights must crown a champion in just one weekend, in order for those winners to be ready for Area League Playoffs. In those years, some A-Flight teams might have two games the first Saturday, followed by semi-finals and finals on the first Sunday, resulting in a possible four games in two days.

WHAT ARE THESE AREA LEAGUE PLAYOFFS YOU SPEAK OF?

The winners of the A Flights, along with one regular-season winner from each division, advance to the Area League Playoffs (formerly known as Play-Through), typically held the third weekend of December. A team could have another four games in two days that weekend, if they keep winning. But we’ll save that explanation for another time.

AN EXAMPLE OF A POSSIBLE SCENARIO

As we said above, rain could change all these plans. For example, if Saturday is rained out completely, one possibility is that the Top 4 only in each division play Sunday in a reduced schedule of semi-finals and finals only, to determine a division playoff champion for the following weekend’s Area League Playoffs. Everyone else would be postponed, placed in re-structured flights for games on Dec 14-15. In this example, Top 4 in each division is defined by 1st place from each pool in B10U, first and second from each pool in G10U and B12U, and Top 4 from the the single pools of G12U, B14U and G14U (though 14U games are more likely to be unaffected on turf fields). Please note that this scenario is for example purposes only.

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