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Road to Highmark: WPIAL and PIAA Soccer Playoffs Schedule (2021)

Photo courtesy Ed Thompson

The WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer Championships will return to Highmark Stadium after a one-year hiatus — on the first weekend of November, but there’s a long way to go before we get to that point.

First, the WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer playoff brackets will be released Wednesday.  We’ll be posting the brackets as soon as they’re made available and getting reaction from various coaches.

We are looking forward to providing coverage throughout the postseason culminating with our wall-to-wall coverage of each Championship match at Highmark Stadium, which will include Ed Thompson’s photography along with John Krysinsky and Matt Popchock’s reporting, analysis and post-game live interviews on PSN’s YouTube Channel.

In the meantime, here’s a broader look at the WPIAL and PIAA playoff schedule dates.

WPIAL Boys & Girls Soccer Playoffs

  • 1st Round:                   Saturday, October 23,  Monday, October 25, Tuesday, October 26
  • Quarterfinal Round     Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28
  • Semifinal Round          Saturday October 30, Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2
  • Finals
        • Thursday, November 4
            • 2A Boys 6 p.m.
            • 4A Girls 8 p.m.
        • Friday, November 5
            • 1A Girls 6 p.m.
            • 1A Boys 8 p.m.
        • Saturday, November 6
            • 2A Girls 11 a.m.
            • 3A Girls 1:15 p.m.
            • 3A Boys 3:30 p.m.
            • 4A Boys 5:45 p.m.

In the first two rounds, teams from schools with higher seeding will host unless they don’t meet WPIAL facility requirements.

PIAA Boys & Girls Soccer Playoffs

brackets announced on Sunday, November 7

  • First Round: Tuesday, November 9 (Regional Sites)
  • Quarterfinals: Saturday, November 13 (Regional Sites)
  • Semi-Finals: Tuesday, November 16 (Regional Sites)
  • Championships: Friday, November 19 & Saturday, November 20 (Hersheypark Stadium)

PSN’s PLAYOFF PROJECTIONS BY CLASSIFICATION

In case you missed it, here’s one last look at each classification and PSN’s playoff bracket projections.

GIRLS

Girls 4A: 13 teams with the top three-seeds receiving first-round byes

WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 4A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections

 

Girls 3A: 16 teams, no byes and no preliminary matches

WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 3A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections

 

Girls 2A: 17 teams, one preliminary match

WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 2A Standings & Playoff Seeding Projections

 

Girls A: 16 teams, no byes and no preliminary matches

WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 1A Standings & Playoff Seeding Projections

BOYS 

Boys 4A: 12 teams with the top four-seeds receiving first-round byes

WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 4A Standings & Playoff Seeding Projections

 

Boys 3A: 16 teams, no byes and no preliminary matches

WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 3A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections

 

Boys 2A: 16 teams, no byes and no preliminary matches

WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 2A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections

 

Boys 1A: 16 teams, no byes and no preliminary matches

WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 1A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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