How are the standings determined for playoffs seeding?

League standings are determined on a Game Points system, where a win is 3 points, a loss is 0 points, and a tie is 1 point for each team. After 7 regular season games, if there are teams with the same number of Game Points, the first tie breaker is Points Scored Differential. This is the total of a team's scores for the season subtracted by the scores against that team. In the event of a tie for the points scored differential, the second tie breaker is overall points scored. For example, here is a mock season for flag football:

TEAMGPWLTPCTPSPSAPSDPF
TEAM A 7 7 0 0 100.0 241 110 131 21.0
TEAM B 7 5 2 0 71.43 234 183 51 15.0
TEAM C 7 4 3 0 57.14 181 172 9 12.0
TEAM D 7 2 5 0 28.57 172 197 -25 6.0
TEAM E 7 2 5 0 28.57 109 210 -101 6.0
TEAM F 7 1 6 0 14.29 152 217 -65 3.0

 

KEY: GP|Games Played   W|Wins   L|Losses   T|Ties   PCT| Winning Percentage   PS|Points Scored   PSA|Points Scored Against   PSD|Points Scored Differential   PF|Points For 

In this example, both Team D and Team E had the same record of 2 wins and 5 losses, for a total of 6.0 Points For (Game Points.) Team D ranks higher in the standings because they have a better Points Scored Differential than Team E.

Head-to-head match-ups are not used as a tie breaker, because of the short season that is played. Team A may have won a game against Team B, but it is possible that Team B had three of it's best players out that week. Therefore, we use other indicators of overall season performance to determine the standings, rather than how a team may have played during a single game. 

In some seasons, if there are an odd number of teams in a league, a team may have an 8 game schedule in order for other teams to complete 7 regular season games. In this case, only the Game Points and Points Scored/Points Scored Against from the first 7 games are used when calculating a team's standings.

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