NNESL Playoff Rules and Procedures

NNESL Playoff Rules 


Check In:

Playoffs & Finals:

The Check-In procedure will be held at the tournament registration desk at the entrance of the indoor facility that faces field 1.

  • 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.  
  • You must also present your roster to the Referees at the field who may also check in teams on the Field 
  • All Games will begin with an International Walk On
  • Both 1st and 2nd place teams will receive awards after the final. Please come to the Pavillion to receive your award.



Only NNESL Rosters will be accepted at check in.  Your roster must say at the top:


League: NNESL - Northern New England Soccer League


Team: XXXXXXXX FC - 2007 Boys

Team ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Age Group: U12 

Only Coaches listed on the roster are eligible to coach


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 by the home team/higher seed (as listed first on the schedule)       


Club /Guest Pass:  

Same rules as the regular season 

Roster Rules

  • If your team is planning on rostering Club Pass Players, you must emailed your roster to slewis@nnesoccerleague.org  by Thursday Nov 7th at 5 PM 
  • Club Pass Players can only be rostered from a younger team or lower division team from your club.  
  • 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.).  Teams using club pass players must submit their rosters by email to the league by the Wednesday prior to your playoff game.


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


Player Attire (fall only): 

Players may wear leggings (must be under shinguards, shorts and socks).  Hats with no brim, no string ties or pom poms are permitted subject to the referees approval for safety. NO Hoodies


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