2021 Playoffs

Playoffs Structure & Matchups

2021 NPSL Lone Star Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2021 NPSL Lone Star Conference Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Denton Diablos FC 7-0 #4 seed Katy 1895 FC
#2 seed Laredo Heat SC 3-0 #3 seed Midland-Odessa Sockers FC

2021 NPSL Lone Star Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Denton Diablos FC 3-1 #2 seed Laredo Heat SC

2021 NPSL Southwest Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 3 teams qualify based on regular season PPG
  • #1 seed receives a Bye into the Southwest Conference Final

2021 NPSL Southwest Conference Semifinal – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
#2 seed FC Golden State 2-0 #3 seed FC Arizona

2021 NPSL Southwest Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Las Vegas Legends FC 0-3 #2 seed FC Golden State

2021 NPSL West Region Playoffs
  • 2 Teams qualify:
    • Lone Star Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Southwest Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
  • Teams will be seeded by regular season PPG

2021 NPSL West Region Final – July 24: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Denton Diablos FC 4-2 #2 seed FC Golden State

2021 NPSL Midwest Region Playoffs
  • Conference champions are determined by regular season PPG
  • 6 Teams qualify:
    • Great Lakes Conference: 2 teams
    • North Conference: 2 teams
    • Rust Belt 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.

2021 NPSL Midwest Region Quarterfinals – July 20: Each game hosted by higher seed
#3 seed Cleveland SC 4-0 #4 seed Pittsburgh Hotspurs
#5 seed Duluth FC (4) 2-2 (5) #6 seed Carpathia FC

2021 NPSL Midwest Region Semifinals – July 23: Hosted by Minneapolis City SC
#1 seed Minneapolis City SC 3-0 #6 seed Carpathia FC
#2 seed FC Milwaukee Torrent 1-2 #3 seed Cleveland SC

2021 NPSL Midwest Region Final – July 25: Hosted by Minneapolis City SC
#1 seed Minneapolis City SC 0-2 #3 seed Cleveland SC

2021 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2021 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 1-3 #4 seed New Orleans Jesters
#2 seed Pensacola FC 1-2 #3 seed Southern States SC

2021 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference Final: Hosted by higher seed
#3 seed Southern States SC x #4 seed New Orleans Jesters
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2021 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

2021 NPSL Heartland Conference Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Demize NPSL 2-1 #4 seed Arkansas Wolves FC
#2 seed Tulsa Athletic (5) 2-2 (4) #3 seed OKC 1889 FC

2021 NPSL Heartland Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Demize NPSL 1-2 #2 seed Tulsa Athletic

2021 NPSL Sunshine Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2021 NPSL Sunshine Conference Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Miami United FC 4-2 #4 seed Boca Raton FC
#2 seed Miami Dutch Lions FC 1-4 #3 seed Naples United FC

2021 NPSL Sunshine Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Miami United FC 1-4 #3 seed Naples United FC

2021 NPSL South Region Playoffs
  • 3 Teams qualify:
    • Gulf Coast Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Heartland Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Sunshine Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
  • Teams are seeded 1-3 based on regular season PPG
  • #1 seed receives a Bye into the South Region Final

2021 NPSL South Region Semifinal – July 23: Hosted by higher seed
#2 seed Southern States SC 5-1 #3 seed Naples United FC

2021 NPSL South Region Final – July 25: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Tulsa Athletic 2-1 #2 seed Southern States SC

2021 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

2021 NPSL Keystone Conference Semifinals – July 16: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed West Chester United SC 1-3 #4 seed FC Monmouth
#2 seed Atlantic City FC 2-3 #3 seed FC Motown

2021 NPSL Keystone Conference Final – July 18: Hosted by higher seed
#3 seed FC Motown 2-0 #4 seed FC Monmouth

2021 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
  • #1 seed receives a Bye into the Mid-Atlantic Conference Final

2021 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Semifinal – July 14: Hosted by higher seed
#2 seed Northern Virginia United 2-3 #3 seed Philadelphia Lone Star FC

2021 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed FC Baltimore Christos 3-0 #3 seed Philadelphia Lone Star FC

2021 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

2021 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Hartford City FC 1-0 #4 seed Valeo FC
#2 seed New York Shockers (2) 1-1 (4) #3 seed Kingston Stockade FC

2021 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Hartford City FC 3-2 #3 seed Kingston Stockade FC

2021 NPSL Southeast Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG

2021 NPSL Southeast Conference Semifinals – July 14: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Georgia Revolution FC (6) 2-2 (5) #4 seed LSA Athletico Lanier
#2 seed Georgia Storm 2-1 #3 seed Appalachian FC

2021 NPSL Southeast Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Georgia Revolution FC 2-1 #2 seed Georgia Storm

2021 NPSL East Region Playoffs
  • 4 Teams qualify:
    • Keystone Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Mid-Atlantic Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • North Atlantic Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Southeast Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
  • Teams are seeded 1-4 based on regular season PPG

2021 NPSL East Region Semifinals – July 23: Hosted by FC Baltimore Christos
#1 seed FC Baltimore Christos 1-0 #4 seed Hartford City FC
#2 seed Georgia Revolution FC 1-2 #3 seed FC Motown

2021 NPSL East Region Final – July 25: Hosted by FC Baltimore Christos
#1 seed FC Baltimore Christos (4) 3-3 (3) #3 seed FC Motown

2021 NPSL National Semifinals & Championship

2021 NPSL National Semifinals – July 31: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed FC Baltimore Christos 0-1 #4 seed Tulsa Athletic
#2 seed Cleveland SC 3-4 #3 seed Denton Diablos FC

2021 NPSL National Championship – August 7: Hosted by higher seed
#3 seed Denton Diablos FC x #4 seed Tulsa Athletic

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