Expansion 2020

2018 Playoffs

Brackets

Playoffs Structure

2018 NPSL West Region Playoffs
  • Conference champions are determined by regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Conference champions are determined by regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Seeds 3 thru 6 will be split geographically with the two western-most teams playing each other, and the two eastern-most teams playing each other
  • #3 Seed will host a Quarterfinal match against the team seeded 4-6 that is closest to them, based on the geographical split noted above. 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
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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 champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • 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

Tiebreakers

Tiebreakers between 2 teams:
  1. Head-to-head results
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matchups
  3. Most wins in conference competition
  4. Goal difference in conference competition
  5. Fewest losses in conference competition
  6. Coin toss
Tiebreakers between 3 or more teams:

A mini table involving only the tied teams shall be used. If there is a 2-team tie in the mini table, the 2-team tiebreakers listed above will apply. If there is a tie for points between 3 or more teams, the following tiebreakers will apply:

  1. Most wins in conference competition
  2. Goal difference in conference competition
  3. Fewest losses in conference competition
  4. Coin toss
  1. Regular season average points per game
  2. Regular season average goal difference per game
  3. Regular season average goals scored per game
  4. Coin toss