04/17/12 – KHSAA Revised State Championship Format

April 17, 2012 Soccer Blog Updates

The Board of Control voted yesterday to change the Post Season Tournament format. I’m very excited about this change. What will it mean to you? First, some of you will see new teams in your district and Regional tournaments (as a result of the previous re-alignment) after you have advanced through the region, the next step will be the “Semi-State” game that will be played at eight different sites. This is, in effect, our first round of the Sweet-Sixteen tournament for Soccer. Many of us believe that in the past, the State Championship tournament was unfairly thought of as just a four team tournament. I want each of the 16 Regional Champions to realize that regardless of the outcome of the next game that they play, their team has made it to the “State Championships”. The eight winners of the Semi-State game will advance to the quarter-finals here in Lexington. The match ups for this round will be determined by a blind draw. All four games will be played at one site on the same day (Saturday the 27th of October). This, we believe, will create a great atmosphere for our schools and their fans, eight schools and four games of great Soccer action, all at one site! The four winners will advance to the semi finals the next week back here in Lexington using the current format for the “final-four”.
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