AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021

How Do Region 13 Playoffs Work?

CURRENT STATUS

Here is the playoff schedule for Fall 2021, in both matrix format and bracket format. For field maps, click here. 

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OVERVIEW

The Region 13 playoffs are for 10U-14U teams. They are single-elimination, using flights to group similar-level teams, and brackets to display their scheduled games. The flights and schedule are based on final standings from regular-season pool play. The exact breakdown changes every year, based on team count.

Expect to see a playoff schedule right after Thanksgiving weekend. All Fall teams are off the week of Thanksgiving. They return to their regular practice times during the week after Thanksgiving, and continue practice for as long as they are alive in the playoffs. 

In general, most 10U-14U teams can expect to have at least one playoff game the first Saturday in December – some might have two, some might play the next day. After that, expect most semi-final games the following Saturday, then the finals on the next day. A-Flight winners from that move on to the Area 1-C League Playoffs (more on that below). 

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 look like if weather and field availability cooperate. All plans are subject to change.

PLAYOFF STRUCTURE  (Fall 2021)

Here is an example of what playoffs might look like, using the 10-flight set-up from Fall 2021 . . . 

B10U Flight A (12 teams)

        • Top 4 teams from each of 3 regular-season pools = 12-team bracket
        • Top team from each pool, plus next best across all pools, get first-round bye
        • Remaining 8 teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals and finals

B10U Flight B (8 teams)

        • 5th-place and 6th-place teams from each pool, plus next two best across all pools = 8-team bracket
        • All teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals.

B10U Flight C (8 teams)

        • Remaining teams = 8-team bracket
        • All teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals, and finals.

G10U Flight A (12 teams)

        • Top 6 teams from each pool = 12-team bracket
        • Top 2 from each pool get first-round bye
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals and finals

G10U Flight B (8 teams)

        • Last 4 teams from each pool = 8-team bracket
        • 8 teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals and finals.

B12U Flight A (12 teams)

        • Top 6 teams from each pool = 12-team bracket
        • Top 2 from each pool get first-round bye
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals and finals

B12U Flight B (6 teams)

        • Last 3 teams from each pool = 6-team bracket
        • 7th-place team from each pool get first-round bye
        • Then remaining teams play semi-finals, then winners advance to finals.

G12U Flight A (12 teams)

        • All teams = 12-team bracket
        • Top 4 get first-round bye
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals and finals

B14U Flight A (11 teams)

        • All teams = 11-team bracket
        • Top 5 get first-round bye
        • Then remaining teams play quarter-finals, then winners advance to semi-finals and finals

G14U Flight A (5 teams)

        • All teams = 5-team bracket
        • 4v5 play first-round, play-in game.
        • Then remaining four teams play semi-finals, then finals

WHEN DO WE SEE THE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE?

The final standings are tallied and usually* 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 – that posted schedule may only contain 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 schedulers must tally the final standings, then schedule the entire MST tournament during the week of Thanksgiving, then tally MST results all next weekend. Somewhere in there, they might find time to have a bite of turkey with family, so please be patient. Also, with COVID this season, things were far from normal and perfect this season, but we will do our best to make sure the transition from season to playoffs is as fair as possible.  

PRACTICES

All Fall teams are off the week of Thanksgiving. They return to their regular practice times during the week after Thanksgiving, and continue practice for as long as they are alive in the playoffs. Day, time, and field stay the same, except in some cases where field access becomes 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). On fields where there is a break in the middle of the day, games and ref coverage is in pairs – i.e. 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, to the assigned game; for 14U, both teams send one AR to the assigned game. 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?

All playoff games ending in a tie proceed directly to Kicks From The Penalty Mark (“KFTPM”), except for Final round games, which proceed to two complete five-minute periods (no “sudden death” or “golden goal”), and then, if a tie remains, proceed to KFTPM. For details or changes, see playoff schedule. For complete KFTPM rules, click here

MEDALS / TROPHIES

Season Pool Play: 1st place in each pool get trophies. 2nd-4th place in each pool get 2nd/3rd/4th-place medals. Everyone else gets a participation medal.

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

MIGHT WE EVER HAVE FOUR GAMES IN ONE WEEKEND?

In some years, yes – but rarely. Some times (e.g. in 2013, 2019), the calendar works out such that the A Flights must crown a champion in the first weekend after Thanksgiving, in order to represent Region 13 in Area 1-C’s League Playoffs the following weekend. Most years, we have two weekends to determine those winners, but sometimes the calendar, our field allocation, or the weather dictates otherwise, so we prepare for everything. 

WHAT ARE THE AREA 1-C LEAGUE PLAYOFFS?

In mid-December, Area 1-C hosts a playoff tournament in which the top teams from the Area 1-C Regions compete for the title of best in Area 1-C. Teams play up to 4 games in one weekend to earn the right to advance to the Section 1 playoffs in mid-March, in Redlands. In 2021, that Area 1-C League Playoffs are the weekend of Dec 17-19.

WHICH REGION 13 TEAMS GO TO THE AREA 1-C LEAGUE PLAYOFFS?

Region 13 usually sends two teams** from each age division to the Area 1-C League Playoffs. The first team (“Team A”) is usually*** the overall winner from the Fall regular season in each division, as determined by the final standings. The second team (“Team B”) is usually*** the winner of the A Flight playoffs in each division.

***For Fall 2021, both Team A and Team B, in each division, will be determined by the outcome of the A Flight playoffs, not the regular season standings. The winner of the championship game in each division will be “Team A”, and the loser of the championship game in each division will be “Team B”.

**For Fall 2021, there are two divisions (G12U and B14U – selected at random by Area 1-C) in which Region 13 has been invited to send a third team. In those two division only, a 3rd/4th-place playoff game will be played to determine which team plays through to the Area 1-C League Playoffs.

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.