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Overwatch 2 (Youth Program) Match Instructions
Overwatch 2 (Youth Program) Match Instructions

Match instructions for Overwatch with the Youth Program.

Updated this week

Important: The 2024-2025 Rulebook and Match Instructions updates are underway. Check back here in the future for more information! Once finalized, all changes will be communicated to our community through a separate Summary of Changes article. Thanks for your patience!


  1. Five (5) starting players per team

  2. Join the lobby within the 30-minute grace period.

  3. Communicate via Match Lobby Chat.

  4. Home Teams will create private matches and send invitations.

  5. Spectators are approved using Match Lobby Chat per Section 7.7 of the Youth Program Competition Rulebook. If there are any issues, finish the current game, then notify PlayVS Support for further assistance.

Important: Please review the PlayVS Game Day Protocol here.

Setting Up the Match

Create the Custom Lobby (Home Team)

  1. Open Overwatch 2.

  2. Click “Play”.

  3. Select “Custom Games”, then click “Create”.

  4. Change the title to “PlayVS HOMETEAM vs AWAYTEAM”.

  5. Change from “Friends Only” to “Invite Only”.

  6. Click “Settings”.

  7. Click “Presets” and select “Competitive”.

  8. Open “Maps” and turn off all maps other than your team’s map for Game 1.

  9. Rename Team 1 & Team 2 based on Side Selection

  10. Click “Invite” to send invites to all players.

Join the Custom Lobby (Away Team)

  1. Open Overwatch 2.

  2. The Team Captain accepts the invitation once sent.

  3. The Captain will invite the remainder of their teammates.

Match Protocol (All Players)

  1. With both teams ready, the match can begin!

    1. For a full breakdown of Game Mode Order & Map/Side Selection, see Sections 1.6.1 and 1.6.2 of the Overwatch 2 Rulebook.

    2. If a pause is needed after the game begins, teams must follow the steps in Section 1.4.2 in the Rulebook.

    3. If a player or team disconnection occurs, refer to section 1.4.3 Player Disconnection in the Rulebook.

  2. Once the game is complete, both teams will report the result using the Match Assistant.

  3. The team that lost will select the next map.

  4. The team that won chooses the side.

  5. Repeat the previous protocol steps until the match is complete.

Post-Match Process

  • After both teams agree to the final game's result using the PlayVS Match Assistant, the match will complete and results will be recorded.

  • Take in-game screenshots at the end of each game for your records.

  • If the Match Assistant is skipped, adult sponsors are responsible for verifying that results have been reported manually.

  • Matches without results risk a match loss for both teams by default.

  • In the event of an error, contact PlayVS Support for further assistance.

Important: By default, Rulebooks overrule Match Instructions. Please reach out to PlayVS Support if you find any conflicting information.


V5.0 // 9/7/23 - Updated for 23-24 School Year

V5.1 // 1/16/24 - Updated to match instructions formatting

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