FIVE DO-OR-DIE MATCH-UPS HIGHLIGHT FINAL DAY OF GROUP PLAY IN U-16/17 GIRLS' PLAYOFFS

Thursday brings the final day of group stage play at the first-ever U-16/17 Girls' Academy Playoffs. Eight group winners will punch their tickets to the knockout round quarterfinals. Only 12 of 32 teams have been eliminated from contention and the end of pool play features five win-or-go-home match-ups at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, Calif. Here's what's at stake on Thursday.

GROUP A

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

NTH Tophat U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

3

0

3

FC Virginia U-16/17

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

1

Lonestar SC Academy U-16/17

2

0

1

1

1

2

3

-1

Oakwood Soccer Club U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

1

4

-3

In Group A, it all comes down to NTH Tophat's 2:00 p.m. PT showdown with FC Virginia, streamed live on ussoccerda.com, the Development Academy Facebook page and U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel. With a win or a draw, Tophat clinches a quarterfinal berth. If FC Virigina comes out on top, the Atlantic Division side advances to the next round. Without a win in their first two games, Lonestar SC and OakwoOd Soccer Club have been eliminated.

GROUP B

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

San Jose Earthquakes U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

7

1

6

Boston Breakers Academy U-16/17

2

1

0

1

4

7

4

3

Cincinnati Development Academy U-16/17

2

0

1

1

1

3

6

-3

West Coast Futbol Club U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

2

8

-6

Group B's finale provides another win-or-go-home match-up. The San Jose Earthquakes take on Boston Breakers Academy with a quarterfinal spot on the line at 4:15 p.m. PT on ussoccerda.com, the Development Academy Facebook page and U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel. A win or a draw pushes the Quakes to the knockout round, while Boston needs a victory to move on. Cincinnati Development Academy and West Coast Futbol Club have been eliminated after a loss and a tie in their first two games.

GROUP C

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Sky Blue - PDA U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

5

1

4

Real Colorado U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

4

0

4

Reign Academy U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

1

5

-4

New York City FC U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

-4


Sky Blue - PDA and Real Colorado's 1:30 p.m. match-up will determine who advances from Group C. A win or a draw guarantees passage for Sky Blue, while Real Colorado needs a victory to progress to the knockout round. Reign Academy and New York City FC have been eliminated with two losses in their first two games.

GROUP D

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Penn Fusion Soccer Academy U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

6

3

3

United Soccer Alliance U-16/17

2

1

1

0

3

4

4

0

LA Galaxy San Diego U-16/17

2

1

1

0

3

3

3

0

Eclipse Select Soccer Club U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

4

7

-3

Three teams are still alive in Group D, but Penn Fusion Soccer Academy is the only team that controls its own destiny as a win or a draw against United Soccer Alliance ensures a spot in the knockout round. Penn Fusion is also still alive with a loss, based on goal differential. USA and LA Galaxy San Diego both have to win to keep their hopes alive. They'd also need a goal differential advantage to earn a berth in the quarterfinals.

GROUP E

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Concorde Fire U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

4

0

4

FC Dallas U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

5

2

3

Washington Spirit Academy - Virginia U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

0

2

-2

Beach Futbol Club U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

2

7

-5

The advancement scenarios are clear-cut in Group E. With a win or a draw against FC Dallas, Concorde Fire punches its ticket to the next round. Dallas needs a victory over the Southeast Division team to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Washington Spirit Academy - Virginia and Beach Futbol Club have been eliminated after two losses in their first two games.

GROUP F

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Crossfire Premier U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

5

1

4

Solar Soccer Club U-16/17

2

1

1

0

3

3

2

1

Legends FC U-16/17

2

1

1

0

3

3

2

1

FC United Soccer Club U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

0

6

-6

A trio of teams' playoff hopes are still aflame in Group F. Crossfire Premier is in the driver's seat heading into Thursday. A win or a draw against Legends FC clinches a spot in the knockout round, but the Northwest Division champs can also advance with a loss and a goal differential advantage. Solar Soccer Club and Legends need a win to keep their chances alive, plus an edge in goal differential to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

GROUP G

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Nationals U-16/17

2

1

0

1

4

3

1

2

Real So Cal U-16/17

2

1

0

1

4

2

1

1

FC Fury NY U-16/17

2

0

1

1

1

2

3

-1

Charlotte Soccer Academy U-16/17

2

0

1

1

1

2

4

-2

Every team is still alive in the hyper-competitive Group G. Even with a win, the group winner will be dependent on all four teams' results. Nationals takes on FC Fury NY and Real So Cal faces off with Charlotte Soccer Academy, both at 4:00 p.m. PT. A Nationals win and a goal differential advantage would put the Michigan-based club in prime position to advance. But if Real So Cal can better Nationals' result, the Southwest Division squad will move on to the knockout round. FC Fury and Charlotte both need victories to stay alive, and then will need to have the group's best goal differential to book passage to the quarterfinals.

GROUP H

Team

GP

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Midwest United FC U-16/17

2

2

0

0

6

4

1

3

LAFC Slammers U-16/17

2

2

0

0

3

4

1

3

IMG Academy U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

2

4

-2

La Roca Futbol Club U-16/17

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

-4

Midwest United FC and LAFC Slammers' 4:00 p.m. fixture will decide who goes through from Group H. With a win or a draw against LAFC, Midwest United advances to the knockout round, while Slammers need a victory to stay alive. IMG Academy and La Roca Futbol dropped their first two games and have been eliminated.