How Does the AFCS Work? Answering FAQs for the Texas Fastpitch League

By The Alliance Team

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What is the AFCS?

The Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series (AFCS) is a playoff-style post season event that will be held in late July through early August. The top teams from the Texas Fastpitch League (TFL) will compete against the top teams from each of the other Member Leagues.


What is the format for the AFCS?

The format for the AFCS Championship looks similar to the NCAA’s post season. The Alliance Fastpitch will be hosting multiple rounds of play, including Regional, Super Regional, Elite 8, and the National Championship Series. The National Championship Series will follow a best 2 out of 3 format. In addition to the Championship series, there will be a Qualifying Bracket for the teams that lose in the Regional Series.


When and where are AFCS events taking place? 

10U/12U Tier I and II: Mon, July 26 – Sat, July 31, Southern California
14U Tier I: Mon, July 26 – Sat, July 31, Viera, FL
14U Tier II: Tues, July 27 – Sun, Aug 1, Viera, FL
16U Tier I: Sun, July 25 – Fri, July 30, Oklahoma City, OK
16U Tier II: Wed, July 28 – Mon, Aug 2, Oklahoma City, OK
18U Tier I: Sat, July 24 – Thurs, July 29, Oklahoma City, OK
18U Tier II: Tues, July 27 – Sun, Aug 1, Oklahoma City, OK


How can my team qualify for the AFCS? How do tiers work?

To qualify for the AFCS, your team must earn a Tier I or Tier II berth. Each season, teams will decide their Tier (I or II) based on their game results. Your team can earn a berth by competing in the TFL Championship or other AFCS Qualifying events. Teams can earn points during the TFL’s season by playing in League events and earning points that determine the seeding for the TFL Championship. Check out the TFL’s schedule to register your team for events in which you can earn points. To learn more about the Alliance’s points and rating systems, click here. Teams will need to score their games through AthletesGoLive (AGL) to earn Alliance points (follow the AGL link for more info on scoring games).

The Alliance will also host an Open division championship to the AFCS for all age divisions.  This series is in place for teams that do not qualify for a Tier I or Tier II berth can participate. In order to participate in the AFCS Open, teams must be registered with their Member League and Alliance Fastpitch. There will be a release on the AFCS Open with more info to come.


How many berths are available for the TFL?

Age Division and TierNumber of berths available
18U Tier I12
18U Tier II16
16U Tier I12
16U Tier II16
14U Tier I12
14U Tier II18
12U Tier I16
12U Tier II16
10U Tier I14


Which teams from the TFL have already qualified for the 2021 AFCS?

Age DivisionTeam NameTier
18UTexas Bombers Gold Nationals CTXI
18U Texas Glory GoldI
Texas Bombers Gold 18UI
18U Texas GloryI
Premier Fastpitch Paulson 18UII
Illusions Gold National-HoytII
Louisiana Bombers 18UII
16UProlific 16UI
Texas Blaze United Prinzo/CainI
16U Texas Glory Naudin SouthI
Impact Gold National-RodriguezI
Glory Adkins Gold 16UII
Illusions Premier SessumII
Texas Blaze Gold 16UII
Texas Blaze-KTX 16UII
14UImpact Gold National HaysI
Impact Gold National-SmithI
14U Texas Glory NaudinI
Hotshots Premier 2025 HTXII
Illusions Gold National-PlocheckII
Diamond Fury EliteII
Texas Bombers CTX Gold 2025- VillegasII
12UTexas Glory 2K26I
Texas Glory 2526I