Playoff Structure

2018 Playoff Structure

2018 NPSL West Region Playoffs
  • 8 Teams qualify:
    • Northwest Conference: 2 teams
    • Golden Gate Conference: 3 teams
    • Southwest Conference: 3 teams
      • 3rd team is determined by one play-in game between the 3rd & 4th place finishers in the conference. Game to take place on June 30th, hosted by 3rd place team
  • Teams are re-seeded after Quarterfinals based on regular season PPG

2018 NPSL West Region Quarterfinals – July 7: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 Golden Gate Conference vs #3 Golden Gate Conference
#1 Southwest Conference vs #3 Southwest Conference
#2 Golden Gate Conference vs #2 Southwest Conference (hosted by team with higher regular season PPG)
#1 Northwest Conference vs #2 Northwest Conference

2018 NPSL West Region Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs #4 seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL West Region Final – July 21: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Midwest Region Playoffs
  • 6 Teams qualify:
    • East Conference: 2 teams
    • Great Lakes Conference: 2 teams
    • North Conference: 2 teams
  • The 3 conference champions will be seeded 1-3 by PPG
  • The remaining 3 teams will be seeded 4-6 by PPG
  • Top 2 seeds receive a Bye into the Midwest Region Semifinals
  • #3 Seed will host a Quarterfinal match against the team seeded 4-6 that is closest to them geographically. The remaining two teams will play each other with the higher seed hosting.
  • Semifinals & Final to be held at one venue voted upon by Midwest Region club owners; home teams are determined by the highest seed in each match

2018 NPSL Midwest Region Quarterfinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#3 seed vs #4-6 seed closest geographically
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Midwest Region Semifinals – July 20: Host TBD (to be voted upon by Midwest Region owners)
#1 seed vs Lowest remaining seed
#2 seed vs 2nd Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Midwest Region Final – July 21: Host TBD (to be voted upon by Midwest Region owners)
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL HEARTLAND CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2018 NPSL Heartland Conference Semifinals – July 11: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs #4 seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL Heartland Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Lone Star Conference Playoffs
  • Conference is split into 3 groups:
    • Red Group: Fort Worth Vaqueros FC, Midland-Odessa Sockers FC, Tyler FC
    • White Group: FC Brownsville, Houston Regals SCA, Laredo Heat SC
    • Blue Group: Dutch Lions FC, Katy 1895 FC, Shreveport Rafters FC
  • Top 2 teams from each group receive playoff berths
  • Top team in each group will be seeded 1-3 based on regular season PPG, 2nd place in each group will be seeded 4-6 based on regular season PPG

2018 NPSL Lone Star Conference Quarterfinals – July 7: Each game hosted by higher seed
#3 seed vs #6 seed
#4 seed vs #5 seed

2018 NPSL Lone Star Conference Semifinals – July 11: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs Lowest remaining seed
#2 seed vs Highest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Lone Star Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Southeast Conference Playoffs
  • Top 6 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2018 NPSL Southeast Conference Quarterfinals – July 10: Hosted by higher seed
#3 seed vs #6 seed
#4 seed vs #5 seed

2018 NPSL Southeast Conference Semifinals – July 12: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs Lowest remaining seed
#2 seed vs Highest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Southeast Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Sunshine Conference Playoffs
  • Top 3 teams qualify based on regular season PPG
  • #2 plays #3 seed; winner plays #1 seed

2018 NPSL Sunshine Conference Semifinals – July 11: Hosted by higher seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL Sunshine Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs Remaining seed

2018 NPSL South Region Playoffs
  • 4 Teams qualify:
    • Heartland Conference Champion
    • Lone Star Conference Champion
    • Southeast Conference Champion
    • Sunshine Conference Champion
  • Teams will be seeded 1-4 by regular season PPG for hosting purposes, but semifinal matchups are set as noted below

2018 NPSL South Region Semifinals – July 17: Each game hosted by higher seed based on PPG
Heartland Conference Champion vs Lone Star Conference Champion
Southeast Conference Champion vs Sunshine Conference Champion

2018 NPSL South Region Final – July 21: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Keystone Conference Playoffs
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2018 NPSL Keystone Conference Semifinals – July 11: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs #4 seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL Keystone Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Playoffs
  • Top 3 teams qualify based on regular season PPG
  • #2 seed plays #3 seed; winner plays #1 seed

2018 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Semifinals – July 11: Hosted by higher seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs Remaining seed

2018 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Playoffs
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2018 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Semifinals – July 11: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs #4 seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Final – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL Northeast Region Playoffs
  • 4 Teams qualify:
    • Keystone Conference Champion
    • Mid-Atlantic Conference Champion
    • North Atlantic Conference Champion
    • 1 Wildcard: Conference Finalist with the highest regular season PPG
  • Teams will be seeded 1-4 by regular season PPG

2018 NPSL Northeast Region Semifinals – July 18: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed vs #4 seed
#2 seed vs #3 seed

2018 NPSL Northeast Region Final – July 21: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed vs Lowest remaining seed

2018 NPSL National Semifinals & Championship

2018 NPSL National Semifinals – July 28: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 Seed vs #4 Seed
#2 Seed vs #3 Seed

2018 NPSL National Championship – August 4: Hosted by higher seed
Higher Seed vs Lower Seed