The Championship


The Championship is Coming!

Indy Eleven is getting ready for the club's historic first postseason appearance in "The Championship" this November - and we can't wait for the best fans in the NASL to #PackTheMike and help us bring home more hardware!

 

Visit www.indyeleven.com/playoff-tickets for the full ticketing details and to see how you can save your spot for one - or two - postseason contests at IUPUI's Carroll Stadium this November.

 

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

 

Indy Eleven won the 10-game NASL Spring Season in dramatic fashion, thanks to an undefeated 4W-6D-0L record that included an improbable 4-1 win over Carolina in the final weekend on June 11. That result drew Indy Eleven even with the New York Cosmos not only on the top of the table with 18 points, but in the first (+7 goal differential) and second (15 goals scored) tiebreakers. That meant the third tiebreaker - the lone head-to-head result between the two teams - would make the difference, and it was another dramatic win - Indy Eeven's 2-1 comeback triumph over the Cosmos on April 16 - that allowed Indy Eleven to claim the Spring title ... and earn the right to host a Semifinal Round contest in The Championship.

 

 

WHO ELSE WILL BE IN?

 

Fall Season Winner - NEW YORK COSMOS: The second automatic berth into The Championship is awarded to the winner of the Fall Season (July 2 - October 29), a 22-game gauntlet in 2016.

Next Best Two Teams In Combined Standings - FC EDMONTON (#3 seed) & ???: In addition to Indy Eleven and the winner of the Fall Season being awarded a place in The Championship, two more teams will clinch postseason spots by virtue of the league’s Combined Standings. The two teams that have the best combined records (Spring and Fall Season) – and that didn’t win either the Spring or Fall Season – will enter the postseason tournament.

 

HOW ARE THE SEEDS DETERMINED?

 

Scenario A – Two Different Winners In Fall And Spring Season

#1 Seed (NEW YORK): Out of the two teams that win the Spring or Fall Season, the top seed goes to the team with a better combined record (Spring and Fall) than the other. The New York Cosmos have clinched the #1 seed as of Oct. 15.

#2 Seed (INDY ELEVEN): Out of the two teams that win the Spring or Fall Season, the #2 seed goes to the team with the second best combined record (Spring and Fall). After winning the Spring and seeing New York clinch the top seed, Indy Eleven is now guaranteed the #2 seed.

#3 Seed (FC EDMONTON): Excluding the two teams that won either the Spring or Fall Seasons, the third seed goes to the team with the best overall record in the Combined Standings (Spring and Fall). FC Edmonton clinched the 3rd seed as of Oct. 15.

#4 Seed (???): Excluding the two teams that won either the Spring or Fall Seasons, the final seed goes to the team with the second best overall record in the Combined Standings (Spring and Fall). As of Oct. 24, TWO teams were still mathmatically alive to claim the 4th and final seed with either 2 or 3 games remaining on their schedule (Rayo OKC holds the spot entering Week 18 action)

 

How It Works?

The Championship Semifinals: The #1 (New York) and #2 seeds (Indy Eleven) will each host a semifinal match. The #1 seed will host the #4 seed, while the #2 seed (Indy) will host the #3 seed (FC Edmonton).

The Championship Final: The winner of each semifinal match will advance in the tournament, and the advancing team with the highest seed will host The Championship Final. Last year, the Cosmos hosted the final against Ottawa - in front of a modern NASL era championship record crowd of 10,166 at Hoftra University's Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY - and claimed their second title in three seasons.

 

WHAT'S THE PRIZE

Soccer Bowl Trophy: The winner of The Championship Final will be awarded the Soccer Bowl trophy, which dates all the way back to the NASL Golden Era. The winning team will have its name engraved on the trophy to mark the achievement.

NASL Modern Era Final Results (2011-2015)
2011: NSC Minnesota Stars 3 : 1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (aggregate, 2-leg series)
2012: Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 : 3 Minnesota Stars (aggregate, 2-leg series; TBR wins 3-2 in PKs)
2013: Atlanta Silverbacks 1 : 0 New York Cosmos - Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, GA
2014: San Antonio Scorpions 2 : 1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers - Toyota Field; San Antonio, TX
2015: New York Cosmos 3 : 2 Ottawa Fury FC - Shuart Stadium; Hempstead, NY

 

Stay tuned to IndyEleven.com and NASL.com in the coming months to track who will join the “Boys in Blue” this November.

Click for the NASL Combined Season standings

Click for the NASL Fall Season standings