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Area 2J Tournament

Each Fall season, Area 2J holds a post-season tournament to determine which teams will get to represent the Area at the Section 2 tournament in Foster City the second weekend in December. The Area 2J tournament is a two-day tournament, with Saturday being pool-play to determine team seeding. Teams will play two or three games on Saturday, depending on how many teams and pools there are, so plan on being there for several hours. On Sunday there is a single-elimination bracket (win or go home) that is used to determine the finishing order of the teams. This means teams will play at least one game and could play up to four games on Sunday. All regions are offered at least one spot in each of the divisions: 10U-B, 10U-G, 12U-B, 12U-G, 14U-B and 14U-G. Beyond those spots, different methods are used for the 12U and 14U divisions to determine which regions get to send additional teams.. Since there are many teams, the tournament is broken into two weekends, with two age divisions playing before Thanksgiving, and one age division playing the first weekend in December.

Which Region 256 teams are allowed to attend the Area 2J tournament is determined by a few factors. One is what place the teams come in based on matches against other teams within our region. How we determine the placing of teams depends on the division and the number of teams in each division. This is explained in detail further down on this page. The team that is in 1st place will have the first option of going to the Area 2J tournament (if there are no other issues). If that team can not make it, then the option is given to the 2nd place team, and so on. The rosters of the teams can not change for the tournament. That is, a team can not add a player from another team for the tournament.

However, more important than team placing is team behavior. And by team, we are referring to the players, coaches and spectators. Teams that we send to the Area 2J tournament are representing our region, and we will not send teams that we feel will reflect poorly on us. This means that things like poor sportsmanship, abusive behavior, foul language, and other aspects can bar a team from the Area 2J tournament even if they are the strongest team in our region. 

Below you will find information on how we determine which teams advance to the Area 2J tournament, the location and dates of the tournament, and what the coaches will need for the tournament.

Determining which Region 256 12U and 14U teams go to the Area 2J tournament

For the 12U and 14U divisions, our region uses the teams' head-to-head records against each other to determine their finishing order (1st place, 2nd place, ...) within our region - the records against other Area 2J teams do not count. However, if Area 2J offers at-large spots for these divisions, then the Area ranking, which takes into account the records against teams from other regions, will come into play in order for us to send additional teams to the tournament. For the 14U division, each region automatically sends one team to the Area 2J tournament and additional teams are determined by the Area ranking.

If we have only two teams for a division (e.g. 12U-B) they will play each other twice. If they each win one of those matches, then the last head-to-head match will be extended. There will be two additional 5-minutes halves, with a 5 minute break at the half. The score at the beginning of the additional play time will be 0-0. If the teams are tied at the end of the additional play time, then kicks-from-the-penalty-mark will be used to determine the ultimate winner.

If we have more than two teams, then each team will play the other teams in our region once. We will use a points system as described in the next section to determine the team placings.

Determining which Region 256 10U teams go to the Area 2J tournament

For the 10U division, we will use one of two formats to determine which teams get to go to the Area 2J tournament:
  • One-day tournament, separate weekends for 10U-B and 10U-G
    • On one weekend, teams will play in a Region 256-only tournament where each team plays the other teams once. The games will be shorter than normal (40 minutes)
  • Three-day tournament, spread across three Saturdays
    • On three weekends, the results of the games will be recorded. The games will be of normal time length (50 minutes)
A 10-point scoring system will be used. Points are awarded based on:
 Win 6 points
 Tie 3 points
 Loss 0 points
 Forfeit 7 points
 Shutout 1 point
 Goals scored 1 point per goal scored, with a max of 3 points 
 0 - 0 tie 1 point added for each team for a shutout

The maximum number of points a team can earn for a game is 10 points: 6 for a win + 3 for goals scored + 1 for a shutout.

If two or more teams have the same total accumulated points, the tie-breakers are:
  • Head-to-head competition
  • Fewest goals allowed
  • Greatest number of goals scored, up to a maximum of five goals per game
  • Kicks from the penalty mark according to FIFA laws if both teams are present
  • Coin flip
For the 2017 fall season we are using 10U format #2. We will be using the games on October 21, October 28, and November 4. See the file attached to this web page.

Region 256 teams advancing to the 2017 Area 2J tournaments

We don't have the information regarding how many additional teams will be able to attend the tournament this season. That will be posted as soon as it has been determined.


We have been allotted one U10B spot and two U10G spots. We are also the first alternate for U10B - this means that if one of the other regions is not able to send a U10B team to the Area 2J tournament, we will be given a second spot.

We have been allotted one U12B spot and two U12G spots.

We only have one U14B team and one U14G team, so both teams will participate.

The U10 teams that have the option of advancing to the U10 tournament are:
  • Boys: U10B-04
  • Girls: U10G-01, U10G-04
If we are given a second U10B spot, the U10B-02 team will be the next team to receive the opportunity to go to the tournament.

The final standing of the U10 teams can be found on the Match Schedules webpage.

The U12 teams that have the option of advancing to the U12 tournament are:
  • Boys: U12B-01
  • Girls: U12G-01, U12G-02

Locations and dates of the 2017 Area 2J tournaments

For 2017, the Area 2J tournament locations and dates are:
  • November 18 - 19 for 10U and 14U
    • The 10U location is Congress Springs Park
    • The 14U location is Manzanita Park
  • December 2 - 3 for 12U
    • The 12U location is Congress Springs Park
Location addresses:
  • Congress Springs Park, 12970 Glen Brae Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070

Since we are hosting the 14U tournament this year, we will need volunteers to help that weekend. Please let us know if you are available to help. Items we will need help with:
  • Measuring and lining a 14U-sized field on field 1
  • Preparing the park by collecting trash and weed-wacking
  • Attendants at the check-in table
  • Score card runners to collect the completed match cards from the referees and to deliver match cards for the next match on each field
  • Help with the Snack Shack
  • Help emptying trash cans and installing new trash bags 

What coaches need for the Area 2J tournament

There are specific items that each team coach must have when attending the tournament:
  • Player registration forms
  • Team photograph
    • The photograph must have all players. If a player is missing and a second team picture was taken on make-up picture day, bring both team photographs
    • Alternatives: student picture ID, yearbook with player's picture and name, other picture with RC's signature to certify how the player is
  • Team roster, in jersey-number order (not alphabetical order), signed by the Regional Commissioner
  • From four (4) to seven (7) line-up cards already filled out in jersey-number order. The number of line-up cards depends on the format being used for the division. Check the tournament rules in effect for the current season.
Ideally, all of the above items will be placed into a coach's binder.

There is also a mandatory coaches' meeting held prior to the first tournament date. Teams who's coaches do not attend, or do not have a representative attend, will be penalized two points.

The date and time for the 2017 meeting has not been determined yet.

The date for the meeting is Sunday, November 13th, from 7PM to 9PM at Union Church of Cupertino, 20900 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014. There will also be a call-in number. It will be emailed out as soon as it is known.

JustAl Gm,
Oct 13, 2016, 12:27 AM