http://www.cybersoccernews.com/columnists/loney/020905loney.shtml Wherein, Dan Loney determines that the current best to five format is the best possible playoff format. He's right about the two-game goal-differential idea being terrible. But I think group play gets dismissed too easily. Here's my little schematic for how it could work: Top 8 teams in 2 groups of 4: 1,3,5,8 and 2,4,6,7. The top 2 seeds in each pool get two home games, bottom two get one. The very top seed plays its only away game at the lowest seed, in the second game. Group A[B/] Group B 3 at 1 4 at 2 8 at 5 7 at 6 1 at 8 2 at 7 5 at 3 6 at 4 5 at 1 6 at 2 8 at 3 7 at 4 Top two seeds have home field in the semis. Scheduling should not be a problem because even the teams beholden to football stadiums would have to schedule 3 games at the max, and every playoff team gets at least one home game. What's missing?