Bracket of Four: Played as a single group of four teams in a round robin format, with the two teams accumulating the most points advancing to the final.
Bracket of Five: Played as a single group of five teams with all teams playing each other once. The team accumulating the most points will be announced as the Champion. The team accumulating the second most amount of points will be the Finalist.
Bracket of Six: Played as two groups of three teams. Each team will crossover and play the three teams in the other group. The two teams accumulating the most points (Top Points/Wildcard 1 versus 2nd Most Points/Wildcard 2) from all six teams will advance to the finals to determine which team is the champion. It is possible that the finalists could have played each other already.
Bracket of Seven: Played as a single group of seven teams with teams playing a total of four games. Note, teams will not play two of the teams. The team accumulating the most points will be announced as the Champion. The team accumulating the second most amount of points will be the finalist.
Bracket of Eight: Played as two groups of four. The winner of each round-robin group will play a final game to determine the Champion and Finalist.
DETERMINATION OF PLAYOFF FINALISTS
Finalists will be determined through a seeding format or by a division winner’s format. The Tournament Committee will decide which format each age group and bracket will follow. This will be announced before the commencement of the tie-breaking competition. The rules to determine tiebreakers will be the same for either format. Each
- Teams will be awarded three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss. At the end of the preliminary rounds, if the finalists for a particular age group and bracket are determined by the division winner, the division winner will be the team with the most points in their division. In the event of a tie within a division, the following criteria will be used to determine who moves forward:
- Head to head competition (this criterion will not be considered in the case of a tie among more than two (2) teams.) ****
- Goal differential to a maximum of four (4) per game.
- Most goals scored to a maximum of four (4) per game.
- Least goals allowed to a maximum of four (4) per game.
- Number of total shutouts
- FIFA penalty kicks.
**** In the event of a tie among more than two teams, once a tie is broken by the above system, and if ties among remaining teams still must be decided, those ties would be broken by starting again from the tie-breaking procedure.