Little Rock Rangers start first playoff run
After losing their final two games of the regular season, the Little Rock Rangers (4-2-4 Heartland Division) enter the National Premier Soccer League playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s two-year existence.
Playoff seeding is determined by a team’s points per game. Three points are awarded for wins, one point for ties. Little Rock tied with Tulsa Athletic with 1.6 points per game for second place in the Heartland Division, but the Rangers’ 3-2 loss at Tulsa on Saturday breaks the tie.
There are 96 teams in the NPSL, and the number of teams that are represented in the playoffs from its 14 conferences varies. In the South, four teams from each division make the playoffs, and the Rangers will play at No. 2 Tulsa as the No. 3 seed Saturday. There are five rounds leading up to the NPSL championship, and the Rangers would host a playoff game if they eventually face a team with a lower PPG.