MLS playoff format

Major League Soccer revised its playoff format for the 2012 season. Here is a rundown of how it works:

  • The conference semifinals will be decided by two-game aggregate series, with the lower-seeded team hosting the first leg. If the total score is tied after 180 minutes of action, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety. If the total score still is tied, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks.

  • The conference championships will follow the same format as the semifinals.

  • MLS Cup will be a single match hosted by the higher-seeded team. If the score is tied after 90 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety. If the score still is tied, the match will be decided by penalty kicks.

    -- Source: Major League Soccer



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