PLAYOFFS

2020 Playoffs will take place the weekends of

October 24/25 and October 31/November 1

Playoff Rules
All Playoff games shall follow the regular MISA Playing Rules & Protocols
In addition, please see the following playoff rules/notes:
Games other than championship or consolation championship:
  • 25 minute halves; 5 minute halftime

  • In the event of a tie, there will be a Penalty Kick Shoot Out, based on FIFA Laws of Game. (There will be no overtime periods.)

 

Championship and consolation championship games:
  • 30 minute halves; 5 minute halftime

  • In event of a tie, there will be two 5-minute Golden Goal overtime periods -- the team scoring the first goal wins.

  • If the score is still tied at the end of the two overtime periods, then there will be a Penalty Kick Shoot Out, based on FIFA Laws of Game

Warm-Ups
  • Due to field scheduling constraints, teams participating in the MISA playoffs or tournaments may be required to “warm-up” near the field, prior to their game. Teams are then required to promptly proceed to the field for on-time game starts.
Playing Time​
  • A team that does not play all players at least (50%) of all games may be disqualified from the playoffs, including championships. Additionally, coaches may be suspended or banned from participating in future MISA seasons for any such action.​

Score Reporting
  • Please ensure that all scores are reported correctly. Teams who incorrectly report scores may be disqualified, including from championship games. Additionally, coaches may be suspended or banned from participating in future MISA seasons for any such action.

Playoff Blowout Policy

A "blowout" is winning by more than 6 goals.

For example, 7-1 is acceptable; 8-1 is not. 

The MISA Blowout Policy remains in effect for all playoff and tournament games with the following clarifications:

  • When teams participate in single elimination games, a team that violated Blowout Policy shall be penalized in their next game. They will be required to play with one less player in their next game. For example: If playing 11v11, a team who violates the Blowout Policy will be required to participate in their first game following the “blowout” game using only (10) players, while their opponent will play that game with (11) players. If playing 9v9, a team who violates the Blowout Policy will be required to participate in their first game following the “blowout” game using only (8) players, while their opponent will play that game with (9).

  • When teams participate in tournament style games (tournament seeding games), a team that wins by more than 6 goal differential will be given (1) point for the victory rather than (3) points as traditionally given for a win.

  • When teams participate in championship games or consolation games (with no game to follow), teams are required to manage their scores to ensure that the “blowout” policy is maintained. Coaches may be suspended or banned from participating in future MISA seasons for violating the MISA Blowout Policy.

  • Teams (Coaches) that purposely score an “own goal,” impacting the outcome of a playoff or tournament game, may be suspended or banned from participating in future MISA seasons.