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Update: Fall Playoff Format

U11-U15 Divisions

As we prepare for the upcoming playoffs that are scheduled to take place October 31-November 1, there are a a few items the league wishes to share with everyone.

Where we have seen an increase in COVID related scenarios and teams pausing activity during the past few weeks, we realize there could be a situation heading into playoff weekend where a team could be affected by a COVID related issue. If this situation should occur where a team is forced to suspend activity for the timeframe that involves the playoff weekend, the affected team will be withdrawn from the playoff format, resulting in a bye for the opposing team.

  • For any #5v#6 consolation games, that game would not take place and the team receiving the forfeit would not advance.
  • For any 1v4 or 2v3 semifinal, if a team withdraws, the opponent would receive a bye and move on to the final on Sunday, remaining consistent with the original playoff format.

While the situation outlined above is not ideal, NNESL is trying to outline possible scenarios for planning purposes as changes could come in last minute due to the nature of managing the playoff games within the current environment. We are hoping these changes are not necessary but in an effort to keep all member clubs informed of the process, we wanted to share the outline of the procedure prior to playoff weekend should something occur.

Also, for divisions where a game (or games) are unable to be played/completed prior to October 26th due to rainouts/suspended activity, NNESL will determine standings using a “points per game” formula for games that have been completed. This formula will only be used in divisions where un-played games remain on the schedule.

Fall 2020 Playoff Weekend

The Northern New England Soccer League's Fall 2020 Playoff Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 31-November 1st.  Four member clubs will serve as the host sites for the U11-U15 boys and girls divisions:  Hampton Attack, Fremont FC, ROSO SC, and RYSA.

Saturday is a full day of semifinal and consolation games for each division.  11v11 games will take place in Fremont and Hampton Falls, while 9v9 games will be spread between Somersworth, Rochester, and Hampton Falls.  Sunday's finals for all 9v9 and 11v11 matches will take place at Governor Weare Park in Hampton Falls, NH.

Best of luck to all teams as we progress through the remaining weeks of league play!

Fall 2020 Schedules Now Available!

The schedules for the Fall 2020 Northern New England Soccer League are now available!

The League is looking forward to our season kickoff on Saturday, September 12th, good luck to all teams!

Click here to view the Fall 2020 Schedule.

Fall 2020 Division Placements

NNESL has released the divisional placements for the Fall 2020 season.  Click here to view divisions by age group.

Division placements have now been finalized and we will begin the process of match generation and scheduling.

Fall Season Outline

Below is the game schedule calendar for the Fall 2020 season (*subject to change).

Season Kickoff:  Saturday, September 12th, 2020

6 league games will take place between 9/12/20 and 10/24/20, with possibly one mid-week game taking place during that timeframe (dates of mid-week game TBD, will vary by division).  No league games will be scheduled for Columbus Day weekend (Saturday, October 10th).


PLAYOFF FORMAT
Seeding for the NNESL playoff/consolation games (U11-U15 divisions, all teams) will be determined after the completion of the 6 regular season league matches.  The NNESL playoffs will take place on Saturday, October 31st, 2020, with finals taking place Sunday, November 1st, 2020.  If "play-in" games are required for some divisions, they will take place Friday, October 30th.

NNESL Roster Recommendations

The NNESL Board in conjuction with the Competition Committee has adopted the following Roster recommendations for the upcoming seasons:

NNESL Roster Recommendations

Beginning August 2019

  1. Double...