NNESL Playoff Rules and Procedures

NNESL Playoff Rules 


Check In: The Check-In procedure will be held at the tournament registration desk at the pavilion when you enter the complex. Teams must be checked in 30 minutes or more prior to game time. Teams failure to check in on time may result in a forfeited game. Late players may check in separately at the registration tent. Teams that move on to the Finals must check in Sunday as well.  Only coaches with their rosters & cards must check in.  


All Games will begin with an International Walk On


Game Length:

U11-12 – Semi-finals - Finals – Two - 30 minute halves

U13-14 – Semi Finals - Finals – Two - 35 minute halves

U15-19 - Semi Finals - Finals Two 40 minute halves  

Overtime Rules:

U11-12 Two 5 minute OT Golden Goal > Kicks from the mark

U13-14 Two 5 minute OT Golden Goal > Kicks from the mark

U15-19 Two 10 minute OT Golden Goal > Kicks from the mark

The league reserves the right to amend the game length or suspend overtime and proceed directly to KFTM due to weather or other conditions the league deems neccesary.

Ball Size:

U11 & U12 – Size 4

U13+ - Size 5

Game balls will be provided for finals only.      

Semi-Finals - the game ball must be provided by the home team (as listed on the schedule)       

Club Pass:

Same rules apply as during regular season – In the spirit of the Game club passes should not be used to gain an advantage in the playoffs (for example, if a team regularly used them during the season, the team should use them the same way - or if a team is missing players who cannot make it for the playoffs, then the passes could be used to allow them to have substitutes for a game).  However, they should not be used to bring a player from a higher division team to a lower division team where that player did not regularly play on the lower division team during the season.

Age Group         Format   Max # of dressed    Min # of Players    Max # of Club Pass Players

11U and 12 U     9v9                    16                          7                                        5

13U and above   11v11               18                          9                                        5


Players ejected or coach dismissed from a match will be ejected from the entire playoff tournament and will not be allowed to return

Field Policy:

NO PETS are allowed at any of the tournament facilities. Anyone with pets will be asked to leave the facility

NO SMOKING or Alcohol is allowed at any of our tournament facilities. This includes the parking lot. Anyone found to be smoking will be removed from the tournament facility