Your Playoff Viewing Guide

Playoffs are in full swing and this marks the first championship week of the national leagues. Here’s a quick swing around the national league grassroots playoff picture.

- Dan Creel


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What: Semifinal #1

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Pensacola FC vs. Seattle Sounders Women

Where: Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater

How they got here:

Pensacola (8-0-0) won the Gulf Conference regular season. They beat FC Surge 4-1 in the South Region semifinals and Charlotte Lady Eagles 3-1 in the regional finals.

Seattle (7-1-0) won the Northwest Conference regular season. The Sounders defeated San Diego SeaLions 2-0 in the West Region semifinals and, in the regional finals, beat California Storm 4-0.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Motor City FC vs. Utah Royals FC Reserves

Where: Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater

How they got here:

Motor City (9-0-1) won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season. In the East Region semifinals, the club beat Torch FC 6-0 and then, in the regional finals, they defeated Chicago Red Stars Reserves 4-2.

What: Final (Jerry Zanelli Cup)

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. winner of semifinal #2

Where: Neil Patterson Stadium in Stillwater

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What: National semifinal #1

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: Calgary Foothills WFC vs. Lancaster Inferno

Where: Mount Royal University in Calgary

How they got here:

Calgary Foothills WFC (6-1-1) won the West Conference regular season.

Lancaster (7-3-0) finished third in the East Conference regular season. They defeated Connecticut Fusion 2-1 in the conference semifinals and New England Mutiny 2-1 in the conference final.

What: National semifinal #2

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: Indiana Union vs. LA Galaxy OC

Where: Mount Royal University in Calgary

How they got here:

Indiana (7-2-1) won the Midwest Conference regular season. They beat Detroit Sun 5-1 in the conference semifinals and Grand Rapids FC 3-2 in the conference final.

LA (5-1-2) finished second in the West Conference. The Galaxy defeated Houston Aces 4-1 in the national quarterfinal.

What: National championship

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs winner of semifinal #2

Where: Mount Royal University in Calgary


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What: Central Conference final

When: Wednesday, July 17

Who: Inocentes FC vs. Oklahoma City 1889 FC

Where: TBD in Dallas/Fort Worth

How they got here:

Inocentes FC (8-3-1) won the North Division of the Central Conference regular season. Inocentes FC received a first round bye in the conference playoffs. They defeated San Antonio Corinthians 4-1 in the conference quarterfinals and San Antonio Runners 5-2 in the conference semifinals.

Oklahoma City (7-2-3) finished second in the North Division of the Central Conference regular season. OKC defeated Reign FK 3-1 in the first round of the conference playoffs. The club went on to beat FC Waco 3-1 in the conference quarterfinals and, in the conference semifinals, defeated Almeyda FC 2-0.

What: National quarterfinal #2

When: TBD

Who: Mass United FC vs. Bavarian SC

Where: at Mass United FC

How they got here:

Mass United (7-1-0) won the Northeast Conference regular season.

Bavarian SC (6-1-1) won the Central Division of the Midwest Conference regular season. The Bavarians crushed Vlora City FC 10-1 in the conference semifinals and beat Joliet United SC 3-1 in the conference final.

What: National quarterfinal #3

When: TBD

Who: Pajaro Valley United FC vs. Utah Murcielagos

Where: TBD

How they got here:

Utah (12-2-2) finished second in the Mountain Conference regular season. Murcielagos defeated Gordis FC 5-0 in the conference semifinals and Boise Cutthroats FC 2-0 in the conference final.

Pajaro Valley (7-2-1) finished third in the Wild West Division of the Western Conference regular season. They defeated San Leandro United FC 2-0 in the divisional quarterfinals and Nevada Coyotes FC 3-2 in the divisional semifinals. Pajaro Valley beat Contra Costa FC in a shootout in the divisional final and in another shootout over Cuervos FC in the conference final.

What: National quarterfinal #4

When: TBD

Who: Southwest FC vs. winner of Central Conference final

Where: TBD

How they got here:

Southwest FC finished second in the Southwest Conference regular season. They defeated FC Grande 2-1 in the conference semifinals and Drifters FC 3-2 in the conference final.

What: National semifinal #1

When: Saturday, July 27

Who: Tropics SC vs.winner of national quarterfinal #2

Where: Kangaroo Stadium in Weatherford, Texas

How they got here:

Tropics SC (11-0-0) won the Florida Central West Division of the Southeast Conference. In the first round of the Florida State Division playoffs Tropics SC defeated GOSA 3-0 and they beat Sporting Orlando 3-0 in the second round. Tropics SC won the divisional semifinal 3-1 against Macca Ballers FC and then defeated Boca Raton FC 3-1 in the divisional final. Finally, Tropics SC defeating World Class Premier Elite 2-1 in the national quarterfinals.

What: National semifinal #2

When: Saturday, July 27

Who: winner of national quarterfinal #3 vs. winner of national quarterfinal #4

Where: Kangaroo Stadium in Weatherford, Texas

What: National final

When: Sunday, July 28

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs winner of semifinal #2

Where: Kangaroo Stadium in Weatherford, Texas


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West Region

What: Final

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: FC Arizona vs. ASC San Diego

Where: Mesa High School in Mesa

How they got here:

FC Arizona (12-1-5) finished second in the Southwest Conference. Arizona defeated San Ramon FC 4-0 in the regional quarterfinals and Academica SC 3-2 in the regional semifinals.

ASC San Diego (12-5-1) finished third in the Southwest Conference. In the regional quarterfinals, San Diego defeated FC Golden State in a shootout and beat Crossfire Redmond in another shootout in the regional semifinals.

Midwest Region

What: Quarterfinal #1

When: Tuesday, July 16

Who: Minneapolis City SC (#3) vs. Med City FC (#4)

Where: TBD (Minneapolis hosting)

How they got here:

Minneapolis (9-2-1) won the North Conference regular season. Med City (8-1-3) finished second in the North Conference.

What: Quarterfinal #2

When: Tuesday, July 16

Who: AFC Ann Arbor (#5) vs. Rochester Lancers (#6)

Where: Concordia University in Ann Arbor

How they got here:

Ann Arbor (9-2-3) finished second in the Great Lakes Conference. Rochester (6-2-2) finished second in the East Conference.

What: Semifinal #1

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Cleveland SC (#1) vs. winner of quarterfinal #2

Where: Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck

How they got here: Cleveland (8-2-0) won the East Conference.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Detroit City FC (#2) vs. winner of quarterfinal #1

Where: Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck

How they got here: Detroit (10-1-3) won the Great Lakes Conference.

What: Final

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. winner of semifinal #2

Where: Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck

South Region

What: Semifinal #1

When: Tuesday, July 16

Who: Tulsa Athletic (#2) vs. Fort Worth Vaqueros FC (#4)

Where: Veterans Park in Tulsa

How they got here:

Tulsa (7-0-3) won the Heartland Conference regular season. In the conference semifinals, Tulsa Athletic beat Ozark FC 6-2 and then, in the final, took out Demize NPSL 2-0.

Fort Worth (7-2-3) finished third in the Lone Star Conference. In the conference semifinals, the Vaqueros defeated Denton Diablos FC in a shootout then took out conference leaders Midland-Odessa Sockers FC 2-1 in the final.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Tuesday, July 16

Who: Miami FC (#1) vs. Chattanooga FC (#3)

Where: Barry University in Miami Shores

How they got here:

Miami (9-1-0) won the Sunshine Conference regular season. In the conference semifinals, Miami defeated Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 4-0 and beat Miami United FC 2-1 in the conference final.

Chattanooga (7-2-1) won the Southeast Conference regular season. In the conference semifinals, Chattanooga beat Inter Nashville FC 3-0 and, in the final, defeated Asheville City SC 4-1.

What: Final

When: Saturday, July 20

Where: Hosted by the higher seed

Northeast Region

What: Final

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: New York Cosmos B vs. FC Baltimore Christos

Where: Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale

How they got here:

New York (13-0-1) won the North Atlantic Conference regular season. The Cosmos defeated Brooklyn Italians 1-0 in the conference final.

Baltimore (6-1-1) finished second in the Mid-Atlantic Conference regular season. In the conference final Baltimore defeated Virginia Beach City FC 1-0, and, in the regional semifinal, defeated FC Motown 1-0.

National Semifinals & Championship

What: National semifinals

When: Saturday, July 27

Who: #1 seed vs. #4 seed; #2 seed vs. #3 seed

Where: Each game hosted by the higher seed.

What: National final

When: Saturday, August 3

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs winner of semifinal #2

Where: Hosted by the higher seed


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Central Conference

What: Semifinal #1

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Des Moines Menace (#1) vs. Flint City Bucks (#4)

Where: Drake Stadium in Des Moines

How they got here: Des Moines (11-0-3) won the Heartland Division regular season. Flint (6-3-3) finished second in the Great Lakes Division regular season and is the Great Lakes wild card.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Chicago FC United (#2) vs. Kaw Valley FC (#3)

Where: Drake Stadium in Des Moines

How they got here: Chicago (8-3-1) won the Great Lakes Division regular season. Kaw Valley (7-3-4) finished second in the Heartland Division regular season and is the Heartland wild card.

What: Final

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. winner of semifinal #2

Where: Drake Stadium in Des Moines

Southern Conference

What: Semifinal #1

When: Friday, July 19

Who: Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (#1) vs. SC United Bantams (#4)

Where: SE Soccer Complex in Columbia, S.C.

How they got here: Brazos Valley (10-0-4) won the Mid South Division regular season. The Bantams (9-3-2) finished second in the Deep South Division and is the Southern Conference wild card.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Friday, July 19

Who: South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (#2) vs. The Villages SC (#3)

Where: SE Soccer Complex in Columbia, S.C.

How they got here: Tormenta (10-2-2) won the Deep South Division regular season. The Villages (9-1-4) won the Southeast Division regular season.

What: Final

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. winner of semifinal #2

Where: SE Soccer Complex in Columbia, S.C.

Western Conference

What: Semifinal #1

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: FC Golden State Force (#1) vs. Colorado Pride Switchbacks U23 (#4)

Where: Rio Honda College in Whittier

How they got here: Golden State (11-2-1) won the Southwest Division regular season. Colorado (9-2-1) won the Mountain Division regular season.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: Calgary Foothills FC (#2) vs. Ventura County Fusion (#3)

Where: Rio Honda College in Whittier

How they got here: Calgary (9-3-2) won the Northwest Division regular season. Ventura (9-4-1) finished second in the Southwest Division regular season and is the Western Conference wild card.

What: Final

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. winner of semifinal #2

Where: Rio Honda College in Whittier

Eastern Conference

What: Semifinal #1

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: Western Mass Pioneers (#1) vs. North Carolina Fusion U23 (#4)

Where: Gurski Stadium in Reading

How they got here: Western Mass (11-0-3) won the Northeast Division regular season. The Fusion (8-4-2) won the South Atlantic Division.

What: Semifinal #2

When: Saturday, July 20

Who: Reading United AC (#2) vs. GPS Portland Phoenix (#3)

Where: Gurski Stadium in Reading

How they got here: Reading (10-1-3) won the Mid Atlantic Division regular season. Portland (9-3-2) finished second in the Northeast Division regular season and is the Eastern Conference wild card.

What: Final

When: Sunday, July 21

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. winner of semifinal #2

Where: Gurski Stadium in Reading

National Semifinals & Final

What: National semifinal #1

When: TBD (Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28)

Who: Winner of Western Conference final vs. winner of Central Conference final

Where: TBD

What: National semifinal #1

When: TBD (Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28)

Who: Winner of Eastern Conference final vs. winner of Southern Conference final

Where: TBD

What: National final

When: TBD (Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4)

Who: Winner of semifinal #1 vs winner of semifinal #2

Where: TBD