2022 Playoffs

Playoffs Structure & Matchups

2022 NPSL Golden Gate Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 8 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Golden Gate Conference Quarterfinals – June 25 & 26: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed Sacramento Gold FC x #8 seed Sonoma County Sol FC
#2 seed El Farolito x #7 seed Oakland SC
#3 seed Napa Valley 1839 FC x #6 seed FC Davis
#4 seed Contra Costa FC x #5 seed Academica SC

2022 NPSL Golden Gate Conference Semifinals – July 9: Each game hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed
Next highest remaining seed x Next lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Golden Gate Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Pacific Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • For playoffs purposes only, conference will be split into two groups. Top 2 teams from each group qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG
    • “North”: Crossfire Redmond, International Portland Select FC, OSA Seattle FC
    • “South”: FC Arizona, Las Vegas Legends FC, SC Brave Lions

2022 NPSL Pacific Conference Semifinals – July 9: Each game hosted by higher seed
North #1 seed x North #2 seed
South #1 seed x South #2 seed

2022 NPSL Pacific Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
North winner x South winner

2022 NPSL West Region Playoffs
  • 2 Teams qualify:
    • Golden Gate Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Pacific Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
  • Teams will be seeded by regular season PPG

2022 NPSL West Region Final – July 23: Hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #2 seed

2022 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.

2022 NPSL Midwest Region Quarterfinals – July 19: Each game hosted by higher seed
#3 seed x #4-6 seed closest geographically
Highest remaining seed x Lowest Remaining seed

2022 NPSL Midwest Region Semifinals – July 22: Hosted by #1 seed or #2 seed, to be determined
#1 seed x Lowest remaining seed
#2 seed x Highest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Midwest Region Final – July 24: Hosted by #1 seed or #2 seed, to be determined
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference Semifinals – July 13: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2021 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Heartland Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Heartland Conference Semifinals – July 13: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2021 NPSL Heartland Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Lone Star Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Lone Star Conference Semifinals – July 12: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2021 NPSL Lone Star Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Sunshine Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Sunshine Conference Semifinals – July 13: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2021 NPSL Sunshine Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL South Region Playoffs
  • 4 Teams qualify:
    • Gulf Coast Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Heartland Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Lone Star Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
    • Sunshine Conference Champion (determined by conference playoffs)
  • Teams are seeded 1-4 based on regular season PPG but matchups will be held geographically as listed below

2022 NPSL South Region Semifinals – July 20: Each game hosted by higher seed
Gulf Coast Conference champion x Sunshine Conference champion
Heartland Conference champion x Lone Star Conference champion

2022 NPSL South Region Final – July 23: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Keystone Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Keystone Conference Semifinals – July 15: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2022 NPSL Keystone Conference Final – July 17: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Semifinals – July 13: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2022 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSLNorth Atlantic Conference Semifinals – July 13: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2022 NPSL North Atlantic Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL Southeast Conference Playoffs
  • Conference champion is determined by the conference playoff below, not regular season PPG
  • Top 4 teams qualify; seeding based on regular season PPG

2022 NPSL Southeast Conference Semifinals – July 13: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2022 NPSL Southeast Conference Final – July 16: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 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 but matchups will be held geographically as listed below

2022 NPSL East Region Semifinals – July 20: Each game hosted by higher seed
Keystone Conference champion x North Atlantic Conference champion
Mid-Atlantic Conference champion x Southeast Conference champion

2022 NPSL East Region Final – July 23: Hosted by higher seed
Highest remaining seed x Lowest remaining seed

2022 NPSL National Semifinals & Championship

2022 NPSL National Semifinals – July 30: Each game hosted by higher seed
#1 seed x #4 seed
#2 seed x #3 seed

2022 NPSL National Championship – August 6: Hosted by higher seed
Higher seed x 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