Playoffs are a critical point in the season where we celebrate the top teams in each league and watch as they face-off to determine who will take home the season's trophy!

NEW FOR THE 2021 FALL SEASON: In order to qualify for playoffs, teams must compete in or be present for a minimum of 6 regular season matches. Teams with missing results and/or forfeits in more than 2 matches will be disqualified from the playoffs.

How playoff brackets are determined:

The number of teams that qualify for playoffs is based on the total number of the teams enrolled in a particular league. As a result, larger leagues will have larger playoff brackets. In order to keep playoffs competitive, we allow, at most, the top 50% of the enrolled teams in a league.

# of Teams Enrolled

# Teams in Playoffs

Total Rounds including Championships

(Days of Play)

16 - 31

Top 8

3

32 - 63

Top 16

4

64 - 127

Top 32

5

128+

Top 64

6

As you can see, playoff brackets are either 8, 16, 32, or 64 teams. In the event that team counts do not align perfectly with bracket sizes, the team count is rounded down to the nearest bracket.

For example, a league that has 34 teams will have 17 teams in the top half of the standings. From there, we use a 16 team bracket for the playoffs. This allows us to keep playoffs competitive for eligible teams and ensure consistency across each league.

To get a sense for how many rounds your league will have during playoffs you can view team enrollment on the League Page in the PlayVS application.

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How playoffs scheduling works:

As explained above, the number of rounds during Playoffs is based on the total enrolled teams with a maximum of 5 rounds and 64 teams participating. Playoffs can run for 2 weeks with up to 3 rounds per week. Playoffs culminate in a Championship round.

Bracket size

Week 1

Week 2

Championships

Top 8

No matches

2 Rounds

(8 > 4 > 2)

1 Round

(2 teams)

Top 16

1 Round

(16 > 8)

2 Rounds

(8 > 4 > 2)

1 Round

(2 teams)

Top 32

2 Rounds

(32 > 16 > 8)

2 Rounds

(8 > 4 > 2)

1 Round

(2 teams)

Top 64

3 Rounds

(64 > 32 > 16 > 8)

2 Rounds

(8 > 4 > 2)

1 Round

(2 teams)

Based on this, smaller leagues begin playoffs later while larger leagues will begin sooner.

Championships:

Championship dates are announced on Week 7 of the current season.

For State leagues (High School), your State may have specific rules around scholastic championships that can impact the format and timing for playoffs.

For example, some states may have semi-finals and finals played the same day at a physical venue.

PlayVS will communicate championship timing and format details directly to Players and Coaches in the PlayVS app and via email.

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