The Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series

The AFCS is the culminating event for the top teams in each Member League. A true National Championship Series designed to mimic the NCAA Post Season and name a National Champion at each age level and Tier. Teams must earn a Tier I or Tier II berth to the AFCS through League Championship and Qualifying Events. The AFCS Open division is open to all League teams who do not qualify Tier I or II.

Where will the AFCS be hosted?

The Alliance Fastpitch will utilize Triple Crown Sports (TCS), USA Softball, and USSSA to execute each AFCS. Host sites for each age division will rotate locations (West, Central, East) through the various partners each year.

To view each event page, click on the EVENT LINK and Register Here. This page will take you directly to the Event Host site.

Dates, locations, event hosts and the event link are in the table below.

wdt_ID Age / Tier Start Date End Date Location Event Host Total Berths Event Link
1 10U Tier I 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Southern Cal Triple Crown Sports 64
2 10U Open - West 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Southern Cal Triple Crown Sports
3 10U Open - East 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Bentonville, AR Team 1 Events 48
4 12U Tier I 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Southern Cal Triple Crown Sports 64
5 12U Tier II 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Southern Cal Triple Crown Sports 64
6 12U Open - West 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Southern Cal Triple Crown Sports
7 12U Open - East 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Bentonville, AR Team 1 Events 48
8 14U Tier I 07/26/2021 07/31/2021 Viera, FL USSSA 64
9 14U Tier II 07/27/2021 08/01/2021 Viera, FL USSSA 64
10 14U Open 07/27/2021 08/01/2021 Clearwater, FL USSSA

AFCS EVENT FORMAT

This event format applies to all AFCS ages and tiers. The format was build to resemble the College Softball Post Season Format.

AFCS Regionals (Day 1 & Day 2):

  • 16 Brackets -- 4 Teams per bracket (5 Teams at the 14U, 16U & 18U Tier II), matchups determined by national seeds
  • Double Elimination Format
  • Winners advance to Super Regionals
  • All non-winners advance to the Qualifying “Q” Bracket 

AFCS Super Regionals (Day 3) 

  • 8 Brackets -- 2 Teams per bracket, matchups determined by national seeds
  • Best 2 out of 3 Format 
  • Winners advance to Elite 8 
  • Losing team finishes in an 8 team tie for 9th Place 

AFCS Elite 8 (Day 4 & Day 5)

  • 2 Brackets - 4 Teams per bracket determined by overall seeds
  • Double Elimination Format
  • Winner of each bracket advances to the AFCS National Championship Series
  • Losing teams finish 3rd to 8th Place 

AFCS National Championship Series (Day 6)

  • Final 2 teams
  • Best 2 out of 3 Series Format

 AFCS Qualifying “Q” Bracket (Days 3 - 6) 

  • All non-winners from Regionals move to the Q Bracket
  • Double Elimination Format 
  • Winner finishes in 17th place & earns berth in Alliance Cup Series.

AFCS Team Itineraries

18U & 16U Tier I & II (Oklahoma City, OK)

  • Saturday July 24th – Camp, Clinics, (6 -8 Fields needed) Opening Ceremonies for Tier 1’s
  • Sunday July 25th – 16u & 18u Tier 1 Regionals
  • Monday July 26th - 16u & 18u Tier 1 Regionals / Camp, Clinics, (6 -8 Fields needed) for Tier 2’s
  • Tuesday July 27th - 16u & 18u Tier 1 Super Regionals / ALL AMERICAN GAME @ HOF STADIUM / 16u & 18u Tier 2 Regionals
  • Wed July 28th - 16u & 18u Tier 1 Elite 8 / 16u & 18u Tier 2 Regionals
  • Thursday July 29th - 16u & 18u Tier 1 Elite 8 / 16u & 18u Tier 2 Super Regionals
  • Friday July 30th - 16u & 18u Tier 1 Championship Series / 16u & 18u Tier 2 Elite 8
  • Saturday July 31st - 16u & 18u Tier 2 Elite 8
  • Sunday Aug 1st  - 16u & 18u Tier 2 Championship Series

18U & 16U Open (Broken Arrow, OK)

  • Monday July 26th – 16u and 18u Regionals / Opening Ceremonies
  • Tuesday July 27th – 16u and 18u Regionals
  • Wed July 28th - 16u and 18u Super Regionals
  • Thursday July 29th - 16u and 18u Elite 8
  • Friday July 30th – 16u and 18u Elite 8
  • Saturday July 31st - 16u and 18u Championship Series

14U Tier I & II (Viera, FL)

  • Sunday July 25th - Camps, Clinics / Opening Ceremonies
  • Monday July 26th - Tier 1 Regionals /
  • Tuesday July 27th - Tier 1 Regionals / Tier 2 Regionals
  • Wed July 28th - Tier 1 Super Regionals / Tier 2 Regionals
  • Thursday July 29th - Tier 1 Elite 8 / Tier 2 Super Regionals
  • Friday  July 30th - Tier 1 Elite 8 / Tier 2 Elite 8
  • Saturday July 31st - Tier 1 Championship Series / Tier 2 Elite 8
  • Sunday Aug 1st - Tier 2 Championship Series

14U Open (Clearwater, FL)

  • Monday July 27th – 14 open Regionals / Opening Ceremonies
  • Tuesday July 28th – 14 open Regionals
  • Wed July 29th - 14 open Super Regionals
  • Thursday July 30th 14 open Elite 8
  • Friday July 31st – 14 open Elite 8
  • Aug 1st - 14 open Championship Series

10U & 12U Tier I & II & Open West (Southern Cal)

  • Monday July 26th – 10u and 12u Regionals (all divisions Tier 1, II, and OPEN) / Opening Ceremonies
  • Tuesday July 27th – 10u and 12u Regionals (all divisions Tier 1, II, and OPEN)
  • Wed July 28th - 10u and 12u Super Regionals (all divisions Tier 1, II, and OPEN)
  • Thursday July 29th - 10u and 12u Elite 8 (all divisions Tier 1, II, and OPEN)
  • Friday July 30th – 10u and 12u Elite 8 (all divisions Tier 1, II, and OPEN)
  • Saturday July 31st - 10u and 12u Championship Series (all divisions Tier 1, II, and OPEN)

 10u & 12U Open East (Bentonville, AR)

  • Monday July 26th – 10u and 12u Regionals / Opening Ceremonies
  • Tuesday July 27th – 10u and 12u Regionals
  • Wed July 28th - 10u and 12u Super Regionals
  • Thursday July 29th - 10u and 12u Elite 8
  • Friday July 30th – 10u and 12u Elite 8
  • Saturday July 31st - 10u and 12u Championship Series

How do teams qualify for the AFCS?

Teams will have to earn their way to the AFCS through League play in one of our Member Leagues 

Teams qualify for the AFCS by earning a berth through their League Championship or AFCS Qualifying events.

Teams accrue points in their League season by playing in League events which are made up of existing events from various hosts including TCS, USA Softball, USSSA and unsanctioned events. Earned points from League events will seed teams into League Championships. Read more about Point Calculations HERE.

The League Championship and Qualifying events are listed below as well as how many Tier I and Tier II berths are available at each event. If you have questions about your League Championship events and berths, please contact your League Administrator.

**Note: Teams who earned a Tier II berth in the Fall may still try and qualify for a Tier I berth in the Spring or Summer.

How many berths are awarded for each age division?

AFCS berths for each Tier and age division were divided amongst the Member Leagues by The Alliance Fastpitch and League leadership. Berths will be reallocated at the start of each season.

wdt_ID Age / Tier HFL NEFL PCFL RMFL SEFL TFL Total
1 18U Tier I 14 30 20 3 12 12 64
2 18U Tier II 16 7 20 7 14 16 80
3 16U Tier I 14 30 20 30 12 12 64
4 16U Tier II 16 7 20 7 14 16 80
5 14U Tier I 14 30 20 3 12 12 64
6 14U Tier II 16 4 26 4 12 18 80
7 12U Tier I 14 30 18 3 10 16 64
8 12U Tier II 14 3 18 3 10 16 64
9 10U Tier I 12 4 18 4 12 14 64

Which teams have qualified for the AFCS?

The following teams have earned a berth to the 2021 AFCS

18U

16U

14U

12U

10U