Playoffs & final

  1. The same "rules of competition" Rule 2.1 followed during the regular season apply throughout.
  2. The teams are ranked according to the results attained during the regular season. The first 16 teams make the playoffs. An elimination "round of 16" is played. LOOK up "How positions are decided in the standings".
  3. The team with the highest standing is always the receiving team. If its club cannot receive due to court availability, then the opposing team receives.
  4. Look up To qualify for the playoffs.
  5. No substitution is allowed from a lower level.
  6. An injured player is replaced only if the injury occurs during the 15-minute warm-up period.
  7. The CRA rule is applicable throughout the playoffs. If this rule is not respected, the team at fault automatically loses and the opposing team continues to the next round.
  8. If a team does not have 6 eligible players, a default is announced. The opponents must be advised. See Rule 2.1 : default  

All players registered in the league must have played for her team a minimum number of matches during the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The byes don't count. A player has to play :

  • 6 times if a team has 20 scheduled matches
  • 7 times if a team has more than 20 scheduled matches
  • The "5.5" player must have played a minimum of 3 matches to be eligible.

Note: A match lost by retiring because of an injury does not count in the number of times played for both partners. See Rule 2.1 retired.

Bronze medal

  1. All Bronze Medal matches are played at the club hosting the final.
  2. The players pay the cost for courts.
  3. Matches will be played with no time limit.
  4. During the bronze medal, TFIM will employ professional referees for each court. In case of need, a player whose team is not competing in the finals can be a referee.
  5. The host club must allow the finalists of the Bronze Medal one round of practice of 2 hours the week preceding the event. The host club establishes the time and cost.


The finals will be played on the same day, at the same club, for all levels. The Administrative Committee of TFIM will choose this club.

The host club for the finals must allow the finalists one round of practice of two hours during the week preceding the finals. The host club sets the practice time.

During the finals, TFIM will employ professional referees for each court. In case of need, a player whose team is not competing in the finals can be a referee.

Finish or concede a match

During the playoffs, the administrative committee of TFIM request that all matches be finished in the same manner as the regular season. When two matches are won, and the team that continues to the next round has been decided the game on a third court should also be completed.

However, the committee recognizes that it is ultimately up to the players involved to decide if they want to continue or not. To maintain our transparency and how the CRA is calculated in Tenniscores, it is absolutely necessary to have actual scores and to identify the winning team on three courts.

The following guidelines are suggested to determine the winners of a match being conceded or unfinished:

It must be decided: Which team concedes the match?
The team that concedes loses the game; the victory is awarded to the opponents.
If both teams cannot agree on who concedes the match, the game must continue to determine the winners in the same way as during the regular season.
In Tenniscores:

For each finished match: The score is entered normally and the winning team is selected from the drop down menu.

For a conceded match: "not finished conceded" is entered in the COMMENTS box. The team declared the winner is selected from the drop down menu. The score for a set must be greater in number for the winners of the set. If the team who concedes was losing when stopping the score is entered as such. If the team who concedes led when stopping, they concede the number of games necessary for their opponents to have a majority of games for each set. EX: the score when stopping was 6-4, 4-2 becomes 6-4, 4-5 and 0-1.

FAQ - playoffs

Which team receives during the playoffs?

The team that has the highest ranking at the end of the regular season will always host. The number in front of each team name signifies it's ranking at the end of the regular season.

Why don't we have a round of 32 anymore?

This did permit all teams in the league to participate in the playoffs and in the past, when we had a round of 32, it meant an extra week in the calendar. With the number of teams per level diminishing this is no longer feasible. Too many teams are without matches in a round of 32. Since our goal is to provide matches for our members, an extra week for all to play is added in the regular schedule instead.

Less than 16 teams in a level

What happens when a level has only 15 teams in the playoffs? Who plays who in the round of 16?

Only the first 16 teams in the standings at the end of the regular season make the playoffs. First place meets 16th place, 2nd place meets 15th and so forth...

Hint to find quickly: 1+16=17, 2+15=17, 3+14=17....the sum is always 17

If their are less than 16 teams in a level, the first teams have a bye in the first round. See the Grid for 16 teams; the last positions missing from the level are replaced by a bye. EX: a level has 14 teams, the positions 15 & 16 are replaced by a bye.

How are the balls distributed for the series?

The team who receives and had the highest ranking were given the balls for the whole series. If there is an upset and the lowest ranked team wins, the winning captain must leave with all the remaining balls the loosing captain had in her possession. The captains should have with them all the series' balls in an eventual loss.

What is the consequence if an unqualified player is in line-up?

Rule 2.7.4 stipulates that only qualified players can play in the playoffs. You must declare a default as during the regular season if you do not have enough qualified players. Any enfringement to any TFIM rules may lead to loosing that playoff round.

How positions are decided in the standings

The standings are sorted in the following order:

1. the team that won the most matches prevails,

2. the team that has the most set points

If there is still a tie, head to head matchup between these teams and:

3. the team that has the most matches prevails,

4. the team that has the most set points.