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Detailed Playoff Procedures & Rules

Championship Monday, May 30th 

Invitational Semi-Finals ~

Semi-final 9v9 games will be sixty minutes (two thirty-minute halves) with a five-minute interval between halves. Semi-final 11v11 games will be seventy minutes (two thirty-five-minute halves) with a five-minute interval between halves. The tournament committee may determine that semi-final games need to be shortened due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. No overtime. In the event of a tie, FIFA knock-out competition rules for the “Taking of kicks from the penalty mark” shall apply.

College Showcase Semi-Finals ~ 

Semi-final games will be eighty minutes (two forty-minute halves) with a five-minute interval between halves unless the tournament committee determines that semi-final games need to be shortened due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. No overtime. In the event of a tie, FIFA knock-out competition rules for the “Taking of kicks from the penalty mark” shall apply.

Invitational Finals ~ 

Semi-final 9v9 games will be sixty minutes (two thirty-minute halves) with a five-minute interval between halves. Semi-final 11v11 games will be seventy minutes (two thirty-five-minute halves) with a five-minute interval between halves. The tournament committee may determine that semi-final games need to be shortened due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a tie at the end of regular time, two equal overtimes of Five minutes each will be played No Golden Goal, NO Sudden Death. There will be no break between overtimes (although the players will change ends). In the event the game is still tied, FIFA rules for the “Taking of kicks from the penalty mark” shall apply.

College Showcase Finals ~

Will be 80 minutes (two forty-minute halves) with a five-minute interval between halves unless the tournament committee determines that championship games need to be shortened due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a tie at the end of regular time, two equal overtimes of Five minutes each will be played No Golden Goal, NO Sudden Death. There will be no break between overtimes (although the players will change ends). In the event the game is still tied, FIFA rules for the “Taking of kicks from the penalty mark” shall apply.

Taking of Penalty Kicks ~

Teams will alternate kicks at the same goal, with the goal selected by the referee. Best of five, (or more, if necessary), kicks shall prevail. All eligible players, including the goalkeepers, must kick before any player may repeat. Only players on the field at the conclusion of extra time will be eligible to take kicks, these players must remain within the field of play after the conclusion of extra time.

In the event that one of the two teams qualifying for the championship game declines to appear, at the discretion of the Tournament Committee, the next highest-ranked team in that division, based upon tournament record, may be substituted for the team declining to appear.

Brackets

Playoff brackets in GotSport correspond to the Brackets in each Flight

For most brackets, the following mappings apply:
  • Blue = Bracket A
  • Red = Bracket B
  • White = Bracket C
  • Yellow = Bracket D
For ‘Crossover’ Brackets, which generally contain 6 teams:
  • Blue = Wildcard 1
  • Red = Wildcard 2

Determination of Section Winners

Section winners are determined by the total points earned within their section (Win = 3, Tie = 1, Loss = 0). In the event of teams being equal in points within their group after the qualifying games, advancement to championship play will be determined according to the following:

  1. Head to Head
  2. Most Wins
  3. Goal Differential (Maximum of +/- 4 goals per game)
  4. Most Goals For, Maximum of (5) goals per game
  5. Goals Against, Maximum of (5) goals per game
  6. Most Shutouts

In the case of more than a two-way tie, the above rules will be applied until one team is eliminated. The process repeats (starting at Criteria 1 each time) until one team is left. If a winner cannot be determined the following procedure will be used: Knock out competition under the supervision of the Referees’ Committee according to the “Taking of kicks from the penalty mark” procedures. Upon agreement of both coaches, the Referees’ Committee, and the Tournament Committee, a coin toss may be substituted for a knockout competition. Coaches who are in contention to advance to play on Monday must consult with the Tournament Committee with respect to advancement to the Semi-Finals. The Tournament Committee, in conjunction with the Referees’ Committee, reserves the right, if necessary, to hold knock-out competitions either at 7 PM Sunday evening or at 7 AM on Monday morning.