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Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series

The Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series (AFCS) is the premier National Championship in youth softball. The AFCS format emulates the NCAA Softball Post Season helping prepare our athletes for the next level. A National Champion is crowned at each age level and Tier from 10U to 18U.

Every season, teams must earn a berth to the AFCS through Qualifiers and points from our Alliance Rating System. Member Leagues are awarded a specific number of AFCS berths each season. Check your League Schedule and search QUALIFIER under event types to see which events have AFCS berths for your age division.

Earn points all season to help your AFCS Seeding. The AFCS Seeding Committee reviews each team's resume and seeds the top 32 teams in Regionals for 18U, 16U, and 14U divisions.

See below for the Event Format from Regionals, Super Regionals, Elite 8, and National Championship Series.


2024 AFCS Schedule & Locations

18U & 16U AFCS | Westfield & Kokomo, IN | July 21-28, 2024

14U & 12U West AFCS |  Orange County & Lake Elsinore, CA | July 28 - Aug. 4, 2024

9U, 10U, 11U & 12U AFCS East | Westfield & Kokomo, IN | July 27 - Aug. 3, 2024


Event format & schedule

  • Opening Day (Day 0):

    • College Camps
    • Tournament Check-in & Coaches Meeting
    • Player's Experience 
    • Skills Challenges
    • Home Run Derby
    • All-Star Game (18U/16U location)

  • AFCS Regionals (Day 1 & 2):

    • 16 Seeded Brackets
    • Double Elimination Format
    • Top 2 finishing teams from each Regional move to Tier I Super Regional
    • 3rd and 4th place teams from each Regional move to Tier II Super Regional
    • Remaining places move to Tier III Super Regional
    • All teams will advance to a Super Regional Bracket (Tier I, Tier II, & Tier III)

  • AFCS Super Regional (Day 3 & 4):

    • 8 Brackets -- 4 teams per Super Regional Bracket
    • Double elimination bracket 
    • Winner from each Super Regional advances to their respective Tier's Elite 8

  • AFCS Elite 8 (Day 5 & 6):

    • 2 Brackets - 4 Teams per bracket determined by overall seeds
    • Double Elimination Format
    • Winner of each bracket advances to the AFCS National Championship Series

  • AFCS National Championship Series:

    • Final 2 teams in each age division and Tier
    • Best 2 out of 3 Series Format

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Qualified Teams