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Road to Highmark: 2023 WPIAL Postseason Soccer Schedule & PSN’s Playoff Seeding Projections

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The WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer Championships will return to Highmark Stadium on the first week of November, but we have a bit of a way to go before we get to that point.

First, the WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer playoff brackets will be released Wednesday (very early in the afternoon is what we’re hearing)

Pittsburgh Soccer Now will 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 matches at Highmark Stadium, which will include photography along with John Krysinsky, Matt Popchock’s reporting, analysis and post-game live interviews on PSN’s YouTube Channel.

Plus, we plan to bring you more on our YouTube Channel and our newest ‘Kids on the Pitch’ Podcast, look for lots of talk and interviews throughout the high school postseason — including reaction to the playoff brackets being released on Wednesday.

In addition, the WPIAL has recently updated its WPIAL Champions history, now with the boys’ records dating all the way back to the 1930s and the girls’ to 1980!

Boys’ Reigning Champions
Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A Class 1A
1-0 vs. Seneca Valley
3-0 vs. Ambridge
Deer Lakes
1-0 (OT) vs. Beaver
Winchester Thurston
3-2 vs. Charleroi


Girls’ Reigning Champions
Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A Class 1A
North Allegheny
1-1 (3-2 PK) vs. Peters Township
1-0 vs. Mars
2-1 vs. Mt. Pleasant
Freedom Area
3-0 vs. Springdale

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

WPIAL Boys & Girls Soccer Playoffs

(Projected dates)

  • 1st Round:                      Saturday, October 21,  Monday, October 23, Tuesday, October 24
  • Quarterfinal Round     Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26
  • Semifinal Round          Saturday October 28, Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31
  • Finals                              Wednesday, November 1, Thursday, November 2, Friday, November 3, Saturday November 4

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

The Finals will be played at Highmark Stadium.

PIAA Boys & Girls Soccer Playoffs



    • 1A – 3 qualifiers
    • 2A – 3 qualifiers
    • 3A – 4 qualifiers,
    • 4A – 2 qualifiers


    • 1A – 3 qualifiers
    • 2A – 3 qualifiers
    • 3A – 3 qualifiers
    • 4A – 2 qualifiers

PIAA Boys and Girls Soccer Schedule:

  • Brackets announced on Sunday, November 5
  • First Round: Tuesday, November 7 (Regional Sites)
  • Quarterfinals: Saturday, November 11 (Regional Sites)
  • Semi-Finals: Tuesday, November 14 (Regional Sites)
  • Championships: Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18 (Cumberland Valley, PA)


Here’s a look at each classification and PSN’s playoff bracket projections



  1. Freedom
  2. Winchester Thurston
  3. Riverview
  4. Charleroi
  5. Springdale
  6. Greensburg Central Catholic
  7. OLSH
  8. Chartiers Houston
  9. Eden Christian
  10. Waynesburg Central
  11. Ellis School
  12. Sewickley Academy
  13. South Allegheny
  14. Seton LaSalle
  15. Aquinas Academy
  16. Riverside


  1. Mount Pleasant
  2. Avonworth
  3. South Park
  4. North Catholic
  5. Freeport
  6. Shady Side Academy
  7. Southmoreland
  8. Burrell
  9. Woodland Hills
  10. Knoch
  11. Beaver Area
  12. Quaker Valley
  13. Keystone Oaks
  14. Deer Lakes
  15. Yough
  16. West Mifflin


  1. Mars
  2. Moon
  3. Plum
  4. Thomas Jefferson
  5. Montour
  6. South Fayette
  7. Elizabeth Forward
  8. Latrobe
  9. Hampton
  10. Oakland Catholic
  11. Franklin Regional
  12. Connellsville
  13. Penn-Trafford
  14. West Allegheny
  15. Laurel Highlands
  16. Kiski Area


  1. North Allegheny
  2. Upper St. Clair
  3. Seneca Valley
  4. Peters Township
  5. Fox Chapel
  6. Canon-McMillan
  7. Butler
  8. Mt. Lebanon



  1. Charleroi
  2. Seton LaSalle
  3. Burrell
  4. Sewickley Academy
  5. Serra Catholic
  6. Bentworth
  7. Springdale
  8. Eden Christian
  9. Winchester Thurston
  10. OLSH
  11. Carlynton
  12. Beth-Center
  13. Trinity Christian
  14. Greensburg Central Catholic
  15. Bishop Canevin
  16. Beaver County Christian


  1. South Park
  2. Deer Lakes
  3. Quaker Valley
  4. Belle Vernon
  5. Avonworth
  6. Shady Side Academy
  7. Mt. Pleasant
  8. East Allegheny
  9. Beaver Area
  10. Knoch
  11. McGuffey
  12. Keystone Oaks
  13. Hopewell
  14. Elizabeth Forward
  15. Jeannette
  16. Yough


  1. Hampton
  2. Plum
  3. Moon
  4. Bethel Park
  5. Mars
  6. Montour
  7. Thomas Jefferson
  8. Latrobe
  9. South Fayette
  10. Ringgold
  11. Franklin Regional
  12. North Catholic
  13. Gateway
  14. Trinity
  15. Chartiers Valley
  16. Indiana


  1. Seneca Valley
  2. Upper St. Clair
  3. North Allegheny
  4. Peters Township
  5. Butler
  6. Norwin
  7. Fox Chapel
  8. Canon-McMillan

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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