The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
It’s a big week in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Northwest Conference as clubs from Washington and Oregon fight for seeding in the post-season and the Washington clubs jostle for the inaugural Evergreen Cup.
The Evergreen Cup was introduced in an earlier article. Now the trophy and tree are ready for presentation to either AC Seattle, Issaquah SC or Emerald City FC. All three clubs are still alive to claim “Best in Washington” status in matches against other Washington sides.
On Friday July 5 in Shoreline AC Seattle will visit Emerald City FC. The cup will be on the line at that time. If AC Seattle wins, they are the 2013 Evergreen Cup Champions. If the match is a draw, or if Emerald City FC wins, then the cup will be decided on Sunday when Issaquah SC visits Emerald City FC.
Playoff race rules and tie-breakers
As decided upon at the WPSL AGM in January, the top two teams out of Washington and the top two teams out of Oregon will play a Conference Tournament over the weekend of July 12th-14th to determine our representative at the West Region Tournament. The times, confirmed dates and venues are subject to a later announcement.
Tualatin Hills United SC has clinched an Oregon playoff spot. Eugene Metro Azul and Westside Timbers are alive for the second Oregon spot. The two clubs play each other Saturday in Eugene.
Three excellent Seattle-area clubs are fighting to the bitter end for two Washington playoff spots. Right now Issaquah SC has 22 points. Emerald City FC has 19. AC Seattle has 16. This week sees a slew of matches for AC Seattle. Three games in four days. On Tuesday they fell 4:2 in Oregon to Tualatin United. Emerald City plays twice at home, once each against the other contenders. Issaquah has just the Sunday match at Emerald City left.
The top seed out of Washington will host the event this year. Based upon current standings, Issaquah, AC Seattle, and Emerald City should all be making tentative plans to host. Please touch base with your venue, volunteers, training staff, referee coordinator, etc.
Proposed is the following schedule:
Friday, July 12th, Semi-Finals (tentative date)
3pm kick off, #1 OR versus #2 WA
6pm kick off, #1 WA versus #2 OR
Sunday, July 14th, Final
1pm kick off, Winner Semi #1 versus Winner Semi #2 (more flexibility with this kick off time based upon venue availability, team preference, etc).
Tie in Standings
According to Law A6 in the By-Laws of the WPSL, in case of a tie in the final league standings the following tiebreaker will be used to determine who advances to the Conference Tournament: