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2013 NWSL PLAYOFF PICTURE
All four postseason teams enter last week with chance to host playoff game

(Aug. 12, 2013) – With one game left in the regular season, home-field advantage in the NWSL Playoffs remains up for grabs for all four postseason contenders.

 
FC Kansas City have all but guaranteed they will host a semifinal – but the Blues need just a point from their game against the Red Stars to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
 
A FCKC loss would open up a number of possibilities – including the Western New York Flash claiming the top seed – while Sky Blue FC enter their final game before the playoffs looking to overcome a series of tiebreakers weighted against them.
 
Check out below for a list of the complex scenarios for each of the four playoff teams.
 
 
Week 19 Standings (playoff teams)
 
# Team Pts GD GR Max Pts
1 FC Kansas City 38 13 1 41
2 Western New York Flash 35 15 1 38
3 Portland Thorns FC 35 6 1 38
4 Sky Blue FC 35 5 1 38

Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible.

Week 19 Schedule

Saturday
WNY Flash vs. Boston Breakers, 8 p.m. ET - FOX Soccer
Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC, 11 p.m. ET

Sunday
FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars, 4:10 p.m. ET
Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC, 5 p.m. ET

 

Current tiebreakers for playoff teams

 

FC Kansas City          
FCKC vs. WNYF Flash (1-0-1)        
FCKC vs. PTFC FC Kansas City (2-1-1)      
FCKC vs. SBFC Tied (1-1-1) Goal difference: FCKC + 13, SBFC + 5
               
Western New York Flash        
WNYF vs.  FCKC Flash (1-0-1)        
WNYF vs. PTFC Tied (0-0-2) Goal difference: WNYF + 15, PTFC + 6
WNYF vs. SBFC Flash (3-1-0)        
               
Portland Thorns FC          
PTFC vs. FCKC FC Kansas City (2-1-1)      
PTFC vs. WNYF Tied (0-0-2) Goal difference: WNYF + 15, PTFC + 6
PTFC vs. SBFC Tied (1-1-1) Goal difference: PTFC + 6, SBFC + 5
               
Sky Blue FC            
SBFC vs. FCKC Tied (1-1-1) Goal difference: FCKC + 13, SBFC + 5
SBFC vs. WNYF Flash (3-1-0)        
SBFC vs. PTFC Tied (1-1-1) Goal difference: PTFC + 6, SBFC + 5

 

Week 19 Scenarios

FC KANSAS CITY                    
                         
FC Kansas City will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if…          
                         
… FC Kansas City draw or win vs. the Red Stars                
  OR                      
… the Flash draw or lose vs. the Breakers AND Sky Blue FC do not overcome FC Kansas City’s superior +8 goal difference
                         
FC Kansas City will clinch a home playoff game if…              
                         
… Sky Blue FC do not overcome FC Kansas City’s superior +8 goal difference          
                         
                         
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH                  
                         
The Western New York Flash will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if…      
                         
… the Flash win vs. the Breakers   AND FC Kansas City lose vs. the Red Stars      
                         
The Western New York Flash will clinch a home playoff game if…            
                         
… the Flash win vs. the Breakers   AND the Thorns do not overcome the Flash’s superior +9 goal difference
  OR                      
… the Flash draw vs. the Breakers   AND the Thorns draw or lose vs. the Reign    
          AND Sky Blue FC draw or lose vs. the Spirit    
  OR                      
… the Thorns lose vs. the Reign   AND Sky Blue FC lose vs. the Spirit      
                         
                         
PORTLAND THORNS FC                    
                         
Portland Thorns FC cannot clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.        
                         
Portland Thorns FC will clinch a home playoff game if…              
                         
… the Thorns win vs. the Reign AND the Thorns overcome the Flash’s superior +9 goal difference  
        AND Sky Blue FC do not overcome the Thorns’ superior +1 goal difference
  OR                      
… the Thorns draw vs. the Reign AND the Flash lose vs. the Breakers        
        AND Sky Blue FC draw or lose vs. the Spirit      
  OR                      
… the Thorns draw vs. the Reign AND the Flash draw vs. the Breakers        
        AND the Thorns overcome the Flash’s superior +9 goal difference  
        AND the Sky Blue FC do not overcome the Thorns’ superior +1 goal difference
                         
                         
SKY BLUE FC                      
                         
Sky Blue FC will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if…          
                         
… Sky Blue FC win at the Spirit AND FC Kansas City lose to the Red Stars        
        AND Sky Blue FC overcome FC Kansas City’s superior +8 goal difference  
        AND the Flash draw or lose vs. the Breakers      
        AND the Thorns draw or lose vs. the Breakers      
                         
Sky Blue FC will clinch a home playoff game if…              
                         
… Sky Blue FC win at the Spirt AND the Flash draw or lose vs. the Breakers      
        AND Sky Blue FC overcome the Thorns’ superior +1 goal difference  
   OR                      
… Sky Blue FC draw at the Spirit AND the Flash lose vs. the Breakers        
        AND the Thorns draw or lose vs. the Reign      
        AND Sky Blue FC overcome the Thorns’ superior 1 goal difference  

Tiebreaker Procedures

TO BREAK A TIE IN THE STANDINGS
 
If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken through the following steps:
 
Two teams
1. Head-to-head record
2. Overall goal difference
3. Overall goals scored
4. Head-to-head road record
5. Goal difference in all road games
6. Goals scored in all road games
7. Head-to-head home record
8. Goal difference in all home games
9. Goals scored in all home games
10. Coin toss
 
Three teams
1. Points per game against other two teams
2. Overall goal difference
3. See tiebreaker procedure for two-team scenarios
 
NOTE: If two teams are still tied after the third team has advanced via the tiebreaker, the tie will be broken using the two-team tiebreaker rules.
 
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