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Created on Aug. 12, 2013 4:35 PM EST

All Four Postseason Teams Enter Last Week with Chance to Host Playoff Game

CHICAGO (Aug. 12, 2013) - With one game left in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) regular season, home-field advantage in the NWSL Playoffs remains up for grabs for all four postseason contenders.

FC Kansas City have all but guaranteed they will host a semifinal - but the Blues need just a point from their game against the Red Stars to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.   A FCKC loss would open up a number of possibilities - including the Western New York Flash claiming the top seed - while Sky Blue FC enter their final game before the playoffs looking to overcome a series of tiebreakers weighted against them.   See below for a list of the complex scenarios for each of the four playoff teams.     Week 19 Standings (playoff teams)  

# Team Pts GD GR Max Pts
1 FC Kansas City 38 13 1 41
2 Western New York Flash 35 15 1 38
3 Portland Thorns FC 35 6 1 38
4 Sky Blue FC 35 5 1 38

Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible.

Week 19 Schedule

WNY Flash vs. Boston Breakers, 8 p.m. ET - FOX Soccer
Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC, 11 p.m. ET

FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars, 4:10 p.m. ET
Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC, 5 p.m. ET

Click here to view current tiebreakers for playoff teams

Tiebreaker Procedures:

TO BREAK A TIE IN THE STANDINGS   If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken through the following steps:   Two teams 1. Head-to-head record 2. Overall goal difference 3. Overall goals scored 4. Head-to-head road record 5. Goal difference in all road games 6. Goals scored in all road games 7. Head-to-head home record 8. Goal difference in all home games 9. Goals scored in all home games 10. Coin toss   Three teams 1. Points per game against other two teams 2. Overall goal difference 3. See tiebreaker procedure for two-team scenarios   NOTE: If two teams are still tied after the third team has advanced via the tiebreaker, the tie will be broken using the two-team tiebreaker rules.

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