Menís Soccer Tie-Breaker Policy

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  October 31, 2016

Two-Way Tie

A. If there is a tie(s) for any place(s) in the standings, then the results of the in-season head to-head competition shall

be used to break that tie.

B. If two teams tied their in-season game, then the committee shall use the best record against the highest-seeded

remaining teams in descending order as the tiebreaker.

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 their own tie-breaking procedure).  If the tie cannot be broken, proceed to C.

C. The next step is to compare the goal differential in all MAAC games.  The team with the better differential shall

be seeded higher.  If a tie still exits proceed to D.

D. The next step is compare goals scored in MAAC games.  The team with more goals shall be seeded higher.

Multiple-Team Tie (3 or more teams)

A. In the sport of men’s soccer, three or more teams tied is viewed as a multiple-team tie.  The first step in breaking a multiple-team tie is to compare the goal differential in all MAAC games.  The tied teams shall be seeded in order of the goal differential.  The team with the best goal differential is seeded highest. If three or more teams still remain tied, those tied teams proceed to step B.  If only two teams remain tied, that tie reverts to regular season head-to-head competition.  If those two teams tied during regular season competition, they proceed to step B.

B. The next step is to compare goals scored in all MAAC games.  The tied teams shall be seeded in order of goals

scored with the team scoring the highest number of goals seeded highest.  If three or more teams still remain tied, those tied teams proceed to step C.  If only two teams remain tied, that tie reverts to regular season head-t-head competition.  If those two teams tied during regular season competition, they proceed to step C.

C. The next step in breaking all or part of a multiple-team tie is to compare each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the league, continuing down through the division standings until one team gains an advantage.  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 their own tie-breaking procedure).

General tie breaking rules

A. When comparing scores for a tiebreaker, a win takes precedent over a tie, and a tie takes precedent over a loss.

B. If ties still exist after step D, then the Commissioner or his designee shall use a coin toss to break the tie.

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