May 24, 2023


How AREENA does playoffs.

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Playoffs are a core part of the league experience, and we're proud to offer our own version of the classic showdown.

How it works

Every season, all AREENA leagues run playoffs during normal match times. Playoffs fall on the 8th week of the season. Depending on how many teams are in the league, your team may not be participating in playoffs that week.

Your team will be given a seed based on your ranking, and the bracket will be set up in a standard fashion (Top 4-6 teams). The number of teams in your league will determine exactly how things break down.

If you do make the playoffs and win your first playoff match, you will probably play again that night unless otherwise noted. Playoffs are single elimination, so if you lose then you're out of playoffs and done for that season.

The champions (Upper Division only if there's 2 divisions) will receive an AREENA t-shirt, a picture with the trophy, recognition on our social media, and a corvette. Ok, so maybe not a corvette. But definitely the other things.

Guidelines & Rules

  1. The Fair Play Rule: the competitiveness of your team cannot materially improve going in to playoffs. IDs will be checked before game time during playoffs.
  2. While we want to honor your scheduling preferences, this is often impossible in a playoff. We'll do our best, but it's inevitable that you'll need to be a bit more flexible.
  3. Matches will not be able to end in a tie (of course). We'll have an appropriate overtime period depending on your sport.
  4. All standard AREENA rules for your sport will still apply.

That's it! If you still have questions, you can always reach out, but we hope this answers most of them. Good Luck!


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