Welcome to the AYSA  U12 Boys 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 a Gold and a Silver division  in the U12 Boys playoffs. Teams have been placed in divisions according to regular season team records as of August 29.  There will be a first round of two games and a Final Four in each division.  
 
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 the Final Four pairings can be determined. First round scores will be posted on this web site daily and the 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 chart below)

Information on the Gold and Silver Final Four 

Gold Division
In the U12 Boys 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.  
 
 There will be trophies for all four places after the Championship and Third Place games.
 
Ties are not allowed in Final Four games.  If tied at the end of regulation time, Final Four games 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.
 
Silver Division
In the U12 Boys Silver Division, the four teams with the most points after the first round of playoffs will advance to the Final Four.  Final Four seeding will be determined by regular season ranking.  The highest ranked team that advances to the Final Four will play the lowest ranked team that advances in the first round of the Final Four.  The second and third ranked teams that advance will play each other in the first round of the Final Four.  Winners of the first Final four games will play for a championship, while the losing teams will play for third place.  If the seeding that is used to determine Final Four opponents is confusing, don't worry.  Opponents for the first round of the Final Four will be posted as soon as we receive scores from the first weekend of playoffs.
 
 There will be trophies for all four places after the Championship and Third Place games.
 
Ties are not allowed in Final Four games.  If tied at the end of regulation time, Final Four games 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.
General Information
First teams listed on the schedule will provide game ball and change if there is a color conflict in both first round and Championship 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 call Dave Geary at 218-624-1713 or email aysa@chartermi.net
 
 To see team rankings and division assignments, please see the Rankings, records and points page.  
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