NCS to expand tournament field

At least on the boys side, the North Coast Section, has announced that it will consider expanding the tournament this year from the standard 12-team format to 14 or 16  teams depending on the number of qualified teams that submit appropriate applications.

Basically, that means that there probably won’t be any byes for the top-seeded teams and that teams like Piner, Healdsburg and maybe even Montgomery might be included.

Expansion will also be considered on the girls side, but because the schools in Marin don’t play girls soccer in the fall, the field usually doesn’t offer as many qualified teams.

The NCS will not notify anyone of the final brackets until they are posted on the NCS website at approximately between noon and 1 p.m. Sunday.