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U-17/18 Development Academy Playoffs Scenarios to Reach Finals Week


With all eight spots in Finals Week still up for grabs among the U-17/18 teams in the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs, there remain several different scenarios for many teams to be crowned as group winners. First, here is a look at the tie-breaking format:

Playoffs Tiebreakers:
The ranking of each team in the Playoffs will be determined as follows:
a) greatest number of points obtained in all Playoff games;
b) greatest goal difference in all Playoff games;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all Playoff games.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:
d) greatest number of points obtained in the Playoff games between the teams concerned;
e) greatest goal difference resulting from the Playoff games between the teams concerned;
f) greater number of goals scored in the Playoff games between the teams concerned;
g) penalty kicks if only two teams are still equal;
h) drawing of lots by the Academy Staff if three or more teams are still equal.

A total of 21 teams are still in the running to book a ticket to Houston. Here is a look at the scenarios for each group:

Group 1
Crossfire Premier advances with a tie or win
North Carolina Fusion advances with a win

Group 2
Pateadores advances with a win or tie
Vancouver Whitecaps FC advances with a Pateadores loss and a win (with a -5 GD vs. WES score)
Weston FC advances with a win and a Vancouver loss (with a +5 GD vs. VAN score)

Group 3
De Anza Force advances with a win or tie and LA Galaxy loss or tie
Vardar SC Freiburg advances with a win and LA Galaxy loss or tie
LA Galaxy advances with a win and De Anza Force vs. Vardar tie
If both the LA Galaxy and Vardar win, the group moves to tiebreakers (which currently favors LA Galaxy on a +6 goal differential)

Group 4
Winner of the Colorado Rapids vs. Dallas Texans game advances
If Rapids vs. Texans tie and Empire United loses or ties, the group moves to a tiebreaker (which currently favors Rapids on a +1 goal differential)
If Rapids vs. Texans tie and Empire wins, the group moves to a tiebreaker (which currently favors the Rapids with the best goal differential)

Group 5
FC Dallas advances with a win or tie
The group moves to a tiebreaker if Real Salt Lake wins and FC Dallas loses (which currently favors FC Dallas with a +3 goal differential)

Group 6
Chivas USA advances with a win or tie
New York Red Bulls advance with a win

Group 7
Solar Chelsea SC advances with a win or tie
The group moves to tiebreaker with a Chicago Fire win and a Concorde Fire loss or draw (which currently favors Solar with a +5 goal differential)
The group moves to tiebreaker with a Chicago Fire win and a Concorde Fire win (which currently favors Solar with a +5 goal differential over the Chicago Fire and Concorde Fire)

Group 8
Baltimore Bays Chelsea advances with a win or tie
Group moves to tiebreaker with a Players Development Academy win and a Crew Soccer Academy loss or tie (which currently favors Bays with a +3 goal differential)
Group moves to tiebreaker with a PDA win and a Crew win (which currently favors Bays with a +3 goal differential)

*Group moves to shootout with a 1-0 PDA win and a 2-0 Crew win


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