NPSL Reveals Changes to West Region Playoff Format


The National Premier Soccer League has revealed a revised format for the West Region Playoffs, effective this postseason.

Eight West Region teams will qualify for the 2016 Playoffs and be sorted into two groups. Group A will consist of the top four (in terms of points) from the Southwest Conference, while Group B will be made of the top three from the Golden Gate Conference and the top team from the Northwest Conference.

In the first round, the 1st Seed of each group will host the 4th Seed in that group, and the 3rd Seed will travel to the 2nd Seed. In the second round, the highest remaining seed from Group A will host the lowest remaining seed from Group B, while the other Group A team will travel to the other Group B team. The West Region Final will then be contested between the final two teams, with the higher seed hosting. The seeds will be determined by points per game during the regular season.

The above changes will be applied to the remaining Playoff Primers.

Below is a detailed description of the 2016 West Region Playoff structure.

2016 NPSL West Region Playoff Structure

1st Round (Conference Playoffs) July 10 and 11

Group A - Southwest Conference

Match 1: 1st Seed of the Southwest Conference hosts 4th Seed of the Southwest Conference

Match 2: 2nd Seed of the Southwest Conference hosts 3rd Seed of the Southwest Conference

Group B - Golden Gate and Northwest Conference

Match 3: 1st Seed of the Golden Gate/Northwest Conference hosts 4th Seed of the Golden Gate/Northwest Conference*

Match 4: 2nd Seed of the Golden Gate/Northwest Conference hosts 3rd Seed of the Golden Gate/Northwest Conference*

*The three Golden Gate Conference teams with the highest points per game and the Northwest Conference team with the highest points per game shall advance to the playoffs in Group 2. All seeds with be assigned based on the team with the highest points per game average in the regular season.

2nd Round (West Region Semifinals) July 16 and 17

Match 5: Winner of Match 1 or 2 with the higher points per game average in the 2016 NPSL Regular Season hosts the Winner of Match 3 or 4 with the lowest points per game average in the 2016 NPSL Regular Season

Match 6: Winner of Match 3 or 4 with the higher points per game average in the 2016 NPSL Regular Season hosts the Winner of Match 1 or 2 with the lowest points per game average in the 2016 NPSL Regular Season

3rd Round (West Region Final) July 23 or 24

Match 7: Winner of Match 5 versus Match 6**

**The team with the higher points per game average in the regular season shall host.

2016 NPSL West Region Playoff Calendar

July 10/11, 2016 -- 1st Round (West Region Conference Playoffs)

July 16/17, 2016 -- 2nd Round (West Region Semifinals)

July 23/24, 2016 -- 3rd Round (West Region Final)

July 30/31, 2016 -- NPSL National Semifinals

August 6/7, 2016 -- NPSL National Championship

NPSL 2016 Policies

Section 1.06. Tie in Standings. In case of a tie in the final League standings, the following tiebreaker will be used.

(a) Head to head results between the tied teams.

(b) Goal difference in the head to head results.

(c)Most wins in conference competition.

(d) Goal difference in conference competition.

(e) Fewest losses in conference competition.

(f) Coin toss.

In the event of a three-way tie for a Region or Conference championship, a mini table involving only the three tied teams shall be used to determine the champion. If there is a two-team tie in the mini table, the two-team tiebreaker rules will be applied. If there is a three team tie for points in the mini tables, the first tie breaker will be “most wins in conference competition,” the second tie breaker will be “goal difference in conference competition,” the third tie breaker will be “fewest losses in conference competition.”

Section 1.06(a). Tiebreaker Rules for NPSL national playoffs. When determining seeding for the NPSL playoffs between teams from different regions, teams will be seeded by average points. Average points is calculated by dividing the total points earned during the regular season divided by the total number of regular season games played by that team. If teams are tied in the seeding, the following tiebreaker will be used:

(a) Average Goal difference/game in regular season schedule.

(b) Average goals/game scored in regular season schedule.

(c) Coin toss.

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