U12 GIRLS PLAYOFF RULES – SUMMER

Welcome to the AYSA Lower Division U12 Girls Playoffs!

Select this topic for information about how teams advance in the playoffs, how to report scores, and other playoff information.

 

Information on the First Round of Playoffs

There will be three divisions in the U12 Girls playoffs, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Teams have been placed in divisions according to regular season team records as of September 13. There will be a first round of two games for each team. There will be a Final Four in all three divisions.

Ties are allowed in first round playoff games.

For first round playoff games, the winning team coach should call the game scores to AYSA at 624-1713 immediately after the game is played. Both coaches call if the game ends in a tie.  Please leave team names and numbers, age group, score, and which team won.  Remember, the sooner you call your score in, the sooner scores will be posted and Final Four pairings can be determined.  First round scores will be posted on this web site daily and Final Four pairings when they are determined.

The point system used to determine advancement to the Final Four is as follows:

Win = 6  Tie = 3  Shutout Win = 1  Each goal = 1 (max 3 per game)

If teams are tied in points at the end of first round play, the following tiebreakers will determine advancement.

  1. Head to head in playoff play

  2. Most wins in playoffs

  3. Goal differential (goals for minus goals against, max 3 per game)

  4. Fewest goals allowed in playoffs

  5. Most shutouts in playoffs

  6. Most goals in playoffs (maximum 3 per game)

  7. Head to head in regular season

  8. Ranking in regular season (see ranking page)

Information on the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Final Four

Gold Division 

In the U12 Girls Gold Division, teams are divided into four pools. Each of the four pool winners will advance to the Final Four, with the pool 1 winner playing the pool 4 winner, and the pool 2 winner playing the pool 3 winner in their first Final Four game. Winners of the first Final four games will play for a championship, while the losing teams will play for third place.

Ties are not allowed in Final Four games. If tied at the end of regulation time, the game will go to two (2) golden goal five-minute overtime periods.  Golden goal means that the game will end immediately after the first overtime goal.  Kicks from the penalty spot per FIFA rules will occur if the game is still tied at the end of overtime.  The exception to FIFA rules in this situation is that all players will be eligible to be chosen by the coach to kick.  Players need not be on the field at the end of overtime.

There will be trophies for all four places after the Championship and Third Place games.

Silver and Bronze Division

In the U12 Girls Silver and Bronze Division,  teams are divided into three pools.   Each of the three pool winners and a wild card (the second place team with the most points) will advance to the Final Four.  In their first game, the pool one winner will play the wild card and the pool two winner will play the pool three winner.  Winners of the first final four game will play for the championship, and losing teams will play for third place.

Ties are not allowed in Final Four games. If tied at the end of regulation time, the game will go to two (2) golden goal five-minute overtime periods.  Golden goal means that the game will end immediately after the first overtime goal.  Kicks from the penalty spot per FIFA rules will occur if the game is still tied at the end of overtime.  The exception to FIFA rules in this situation is that all players will be eligible to be chosen by the coach to kick.  Players need not be on the field at the end of overtime.

There will be trophies for all four places after the Championship and Third Place games.

General Information

First teams listed on the schedule will provide game ball and change if there is a color conflict in first round and Final Four games.  This means your team needs to be prepared with an alternate jersey or pinnies in case of color conflict.

The playoffs are a time when coaches and fans get a little more tense, and can take out their frustrations on our referees.  This is a time to be very respectful to all those involved in our games, especially the referees.  Please be gentle with our referees, pick up your garbage and leave your dogs at home.

If you have questions, please contact the AYSA office at 218-624-1713 or email info@arrowheadsoccer.com

For team ranking, records and playoff points, please see the team rankings page