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2017 Arizona State Championship Seedings

 For the 2017 season, the league has adopted a two division format. By a vote of the league's programs, the championship for Division I will consist of an 8 team single elimination bracket, while Division II will include 4 teams in a single elimination bracket.

Format

For the sake of this document, a “higher seed” is the team whose position is considered better than another.  So, the best team is the #1 seed and is considered the “highest” seed.  

Division I

  • Eight teams will make the playoffs in a standard elimination bracket where #8 plays #1, #7 plays #2, etc..

  • The quarterfinals and semifinals will be hosted by the higher seeds.   The finals is at a neutral site.

  • The quarterfinals will be scheduled Tuesday, April 25th if possible, Wednesday, April 26th if necessary.

  • The semifinals will be scheduled for Friday, April 28th or Saturday, April 29th.  If travel between Phoenix and Tucson is required, the game should be played on Saturday if at all possible.

  • The finals will be played Friday, May 5th at Arcadia HS.

 

Division II

  • Four teams will make the playoffs in a standard elimination bracket where #4 plays #1 and #3 plays #2.

  • The semifinals will be hosted by the higher seeds.  Teams are encouraged to arrange a doubleheader with the other home team to encourage fans and accommodate officials.

  • The semifinals will be scheduled for Saturday, April 28th or Monday, April 30th.  If travel between Phoenix and Tucson is required, the game should be played on Saturday if at all possible.

  • The finals will be played Friday, May 5th at Arcadia HS.

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Determination of Seeds

Division I

In Division I, all teams will have played each other exactly once.  

Teams will be ranked by overall winning percentage against other ALL Division I teams.  Games against Division II teams and and any non-conference or out-of-state opponents have no bearing on the playoff seeding.

 

In the case of two or more tied teams, the following criteria will be used:

  1. Head-to-head record between tied teams

  2. Total wins by defeated teams

  3. Goal differential against tied teams

  4. Most recent victory against tied teams

  5. Coin Toss

When a tie involves more than two teams and one criterion differentiates one or more subsets of the tied teams, the tie-breaker procedure will begin again from the beginning with the new subset(s).

 

For example, assume:

  • Teams A, B, C and D have the same overall record and are tied for 5th place.  

  • Teams A and B have a 2-1 head-to-head record against the tied teams.  

  • Teams C and D have a 1-2 head-to-head record against the tied teams.

In the above case:

  • Teams A and B will begin a new tie-breaker to determine 5th and 6th place beginning with the first criterion.  

  • Teams C and D will begin a new tie-breaker to determine 7th and 8th place beginning with the first criterion.

  • Teams C and D cannot finish with a higher seed than Teams A and B.

 

Division II

The Division II seeds will be determined similarly to the Division I teams.  Teams will be ranked by overall winning percentage against other ALL Division II teams. Only games against ALL Division II teams will be considered that were on the original 2017 Schedule as released by the league (Any additional games schedule between two teams will not count towards the playoffs).  Games against ALL Division I teams and any non-conference or out-of-state opponents are not considered.

 

 

Tie-breaking Procedure:

  1. Head-to-head record between tied teams

  2. Goal differential against tied teams

  3. Most recent victory against tied teams

  4. Coin Toss

 

When a tie involves more than two teams and one criterion differentiates one or more subsets of the tied teams, the tie-breaker procedure will begin again from the beginning with the new subset(s).