12 Teams, 2 Divisions in a 16-week season
10 Teams, 2 Divisions in a 13-week season
8 Teams, 2 Divisions in a 10-week season
Note: If you have an unequal division size in your league, the schedule will not have a preference toward in-divisional play.
All teams continue to compete throughout the duration of the playoffs. The playoffs are split into two parts: The Winner's Bracket and The Consolation Ladder.
NOTE: These parts are exclusive from each other. After each playoff round the system will not move a team from the Winner's Bracket into the Consolation Ladder (and vice-versa). However, as mentioned above, your League Manager has the option to manually place teams where ever they wish, so you could see a #5 seed in a four team winner's bracket (and the #4 seed in the Consolation Ladder).
The number of teams in the Winner's Bracket corresponds to the "Playoff Teams" setting. In most leagues the Division Winners will gain automatic entry into the Winner's Bracket. Any remaining Winner's Bracket slots are filled by Wild Card teams based on their seed (see below). Teams in the Winner's Bracket play head-to-head for either one or two weeks, with each matchup's winner advancing to the next round until a League Champion is determined. The losers of games in the Winner's Bracket play other losers of games in the Winner's Bracket until the end of the season.
The Winner's Bracket first-round matchups are based on the following pairing of seeds:
Two (2) team bracket: 1v2
Four (4) team bracket: 1v4, 2v3
Eight (8) team bracket: 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5
Sixteen (16) team bracket: 1v16, 2v15, 3v14, 4v13, 5v12, 6v11, 7v10, 8v9
All remaining teams not in the Winner's Bracket teams are placed in the Consolation Ladder. Games in the Consolation Ladder are played Head-to-Head but work differently than the Winner's Bracket in that each game's winner moves "up", while the loser moves "down". Competing in the Consolation Ladder is a matter of pride - no team wants to finish in Last Place!
NOTE: The "top" team in the Consolation Ladder can not move "up" after the win. Likewise, the "bottom" team and can not move "down". Head-to-Head play continues for the duration of the playoffs.
The Consolation Ladder's first-round matchups pair the seeds in descending order.
EXAMPLE: (10 team league; 4 teams in Winner's Bracket):
Consolation Ladder's First Round: 5v6, 7v8, 9v10