Women’s 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. For either single or multiple round-robin sports, three or more teams tied are viewed as a “mini-conference”

when comparing head-to-head results. The team with the best record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference

gains the advantage. If all the teams in the mini-conference have the same mini-conference record, proceed to B

below. If two or more teams, but not all, have the same best record in the mini-conference, only those specific teams

advance to the next tiebreaker step.

After the top team(s) in a mini-conference is determined, the next team is ranked by its record in the original mini-conference. If there are two remaining teams tied by their record in the mini-conference, then head-to-head results will determine the higher seed. If the teams split their games then proceed to B below. If there are three or more teams remaining tied by their record in the mini-conference, they would then form a new mini-conference and follow the procedure again starting at A.

B. The next step in breaking all or part of a mini-conference tie is 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).  If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied,

proceed to C.  If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those tied teams start the tie-breaking process over

to determine their seed within the mini-conference.

C. The next step 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 all teams in the mini-conference

remain tied, proceed to D.  If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those teams start the tie-breaking

process over to determine their seed within the mini conference. (Continued)

D. 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 some, but not all of the teams remain

tied, then those teams start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed.

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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