AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

Friday, Jun. 5, 2020

How Do Region 13 Playoffs Work?

OVERVIEW

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.

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, canceling B/C flights, etc. The information below represents a rough estimate of what Region 13 playoffs might look like if weather and field availability cooperate, though all plans are subject to change.

PLAYOFF STRUCTURE  (sample)

Here is a recent example of what playoffs might look like, using a sample 10-flight set-up . . . 

B10U Flight A

        • Top 4 teams from each pool = 16-team bracket
        • All teams play first round, then winners advance to quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals (with 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, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals.

B10U Flight C

        • Last two teams from each pool = 8-team bracket
        • All teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals.

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.
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals (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.
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals.

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.
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals (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.
        • Then remaining teams play semi-finals, then winners advance to and finals.

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.
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals (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.
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

G14U Flight A

        • All teams = 9-team bracket
        • 8v9 play first-round, play-in game.
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals (and possible 3rd/4th-place game)

WHEN DO WE SEE THE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE?

The final standings are tallied and posted a few days after the final games – most likely the Wed. before Thanksgiving. The playoff schedule will usually be posted the Mon or Tues, after Thanksgiving. Keep in mind, though – it’s likely the posted schedule only contains the first round or first weekend. 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 THEN?

Bear in mind that 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.

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.

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.

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. Please note that Refs will mark playing time on the game cards, but will not enforce it at the field. If we discover that an eligible player did not play three quarters, the team risks forfeiting a playoff win after the fact. 

NO GOALKEEPER LIMITATIONS DURING PLAYOFFS

There is no limitation on how long a player can play as GK during playoffs. Note that for 10U and 12U, this is different than the regular-season rule, which limits the amount of time a player can play GK to no more than two quarters.

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.

MEDALS / TROPHIES

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

WE REALLY MIGHT HAVE FOUR GAMES IN ONE WEEKEND?

Yes, but only every 6 or so years. In some years (2013, 2019), the calendar works out such that the A Flights must crown a champion in the first weekend after Thanksgiving, in order for those winners to move on to Area League Playoffs (formerly known as “Play-Thru”) the following weekend. In other years, we usually have two weekends to determine those winners. Of course, rain or other issues with field availability could always throw the schedule into flux, so we prepare for everything. 

WHAT ARE THESE AREA LEAGUE PLAYOFFS YOU SPEAK OF (formerly known as “Play-Thru”)?

The winners of the A Flights, along with one regular-season winner from each division, advance to the Area Playoffs, Dec 14-15. 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.

Schedules

Standings

Practice Fields

The links above are for teams in the Region 13 Fall program only.
 
If you are looking for scores or schedules for Upper Division, All-Stars, or Spring Cup, click to the Area 1-C website here.
 
If you are looking for scores or schedules for Extra, please click the Section 1 website here.
 
For information on Region 13 playoffs, click here.