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The state tournament will kick off next Tuesday with first round games in classes 7A, 5A, 3A and A (Public and Private), followed two days later with first round games at 6A, 4A and 2A.

The championships will be played May 3-6 at McEachern High School and Mercer University. The first four rounds will be played at a high seed school (coin flips will ensure a place where schools have the same seed).

Here is a schedule for the five rounds of the girls’ soccer tournament:

April 12 – First round (Classes 7A, 5A, 3A and A)

April 14 – First round (Classes 6A, 4A and 2A)

April 18 – Second round (Classes 7A, 5A, 3A and A)

April 20 – second round (Classes 6A, 4A and 2A)

April 25 – Last

April 28 – Last

May 3-6 – Championships

Filling brackets

Thirty-one regions have crowned champions and reported to the GHSA with a week to go before the final whistle, leaving more than half of the regional titles unfinished. Classes 7A and 5A are advanced with seven regional areas listed in the GHSA brackets.

The GHSA has 64 regions in its eight categories, but only 63 will send teams to the playoffs as Regional 1-A Public will not have participating teams. That means four representatives from 3-A Public – No. 1 seed Screven County, No. 2 Claxton, No. 3 McIntosh County Academy and No. 4 Metter – will have first-round byes.

Here are 31 teams that have won regional championships and will be the No. 1 seed in qualifying matches. They will be guaranteed home games in the first two rounds.

Class 7A: Campbell (Region 2), Walton (R3), Brookwood (R4), Alpharetta (R5), Denmark (R6), Dunwoody (R7), Mill Creek (R8)

Category 6A: Richmond Hill (R2), Dalton (R5), Lassiter (R6), Cambridge (R7)

Category 5A: Veterans (R1), McIntosh (R2), Woodward Academy (R3), Ola (R4), Chamblee (R5), Blessed Trinity (R7), i -Jackson County (R8)

Category 4A: Thomas County Central (R1), Luella (R5), North Oconee (R8)

Category 3A: Cherokee Bluff (R7), Oconee County (R8)

Category 2A: Oglethorpe County (R4), Bremen (R5)

Category A Private: Paideia (R2), Brookstone (R4), Pinecrest Academy (R6), Mount Paran Christian (R7)

Category A is public: Screven County (R3), ACE Charter (R7)

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