Tiebreaker Procedures

Tie-break Procedures

A.    Tie-break procedures shall be used ONLY to determine seeds for the Championship.  Regular season standings shall stand.

B.    If there are multiple ties, the ties shall be broken in descending order. (i.e., a tie at the #1 position will be broken before any others). 

C.    Once a tie is broken using the procedures below, it shall remain broken for purposes of all future comparisons.

D.    Two-team Tie-break Criteria.  The following criteria shall be applied (in order) to break ties between two teams:

1.     Results of head-to-head competition between the two tied teams.

2.     Comparison of each tied team’s record against the team occupying the highest position in the standings continuing down through the standings until a team gains an advantage. 

3.     When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure) rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

4.     Goal differential for league games only – up to a maximum of five per contest (total goals scored minus total goals against). 

5.     Total goals scored for league games only (the team with the most goals scored in league games shall be the higher seed).

6.     Most shutouts in league games only (the team with the most shutouts in league games shall be the higher seed).

7.     If a tie still cannot be broken after applying criteria (1), (2), (3) and (4) it will be broken by a Commissioner’s coin toss.

E.    Three or More Team Tie-break Criteria.  The following shall be applied to break ties between three or more teams:

1.     Results of each tied team’s collective record against the other teams tied for the same position.

2.     If multiple ties still remain, then each tied team’s record shall be compared to the team or group (if 2 or more are tied) occupying the highest position in the standings continuing down through the standings until a team gains an advantage.

3.     Goal differential for league games only – up to a maximum of five per contest (total goals scored minus total goals against). 

4.     Total goals scored for league games only (the team with the most goals scored in league games shall be the higher seed).

5.     Most shutouts in league games only (the team with the most shutouts in league games shall be the higher seed).

6.     If the above results in two teams remaining, the two-team tiebreaker is used.

7.     If a multiple-team tie cannot be broken after applying criteria above, it will be broken by a Commissioner’s drawing.