How do playoff tie breakers work?
PLAYOFF SEEDING & TIE-BREAKERS
When your league converts into playoff mode the system automatically generates a seed for each team in the league based on the regular season results. The seeds determine where the system places each team in the playoffs. The primary factors which determine seeds are:

  1. Division Winner(s)
  2. Winning Percentage

In the event that two or more teams have the same winning percentage at the conclusion of the Regular Season, League Managers are able to select from the following options as a tie-breaking system to determine seed (the options below are also set in the default order for tie breakers):

  • Head-to-Head Record*
  • Overall points scored (Default setting for all leagues unless changed by League Manager)
  • Division record
  • Overall points-against

* When Head-to-Head record is selected as the tiebreak criteria, and in the event that three or more teams have the same winning percentage at the conclusion of the Regular Season, these teams must have played the same number of games for this criteria to be used.

NOTE: In LM Leagues only, if your league's rules do not agree with the system tiebreaker rules described above the playoff seeds can easily be changed by the League Manager. To edit the playoff seeds/bracket simply go to the Playoff Matchups page and click on the "Edit" link.

TIE-BREAKER FOR PLAYOFF GAMES
The system does not observe your league's Regular Season tiebreaker rule during the playoffs. Rather, in the event that two teams have the same number of points at the conclusion of their playoff game, the system tiebreaker awards the win to the higher seeded team.

NOTE: In LM Leagues, the League Manager has the ultimate say on which teams advance using the "Edit Playoffs" page. Each league may establish their own tiebreaker system with the League Manager advancing the team which wins it. If your league uses its own playoff tiebreakers we highly recommend pre-defining them and posting them prominently on the League Office page. As an exception, "Most Points from Bench" is an option only available for grandfathered Custom Leagues which used such a tiebreaker rule in the past season.

SEEDING TIEBREAKER EXAMPLE

Here's the default order of precedence according to the rules:

  • H2H
  • Points For
  • IntraDivision Record
  • Points Against
  • Coin Flip

Obviously, if an LM selects another tiebreaker to be first, that one would move to the top of the list. For example, the tiebreaker for standard leagues is "Points For", so those leagues would have this order:

  • Points For
  • H2H
  • IntraDivision Record
  • Points Against
  • Coin Flip

Below is an example of how tie breakers work. The main things to remember are:

  • Teams must have played the same number of head to head games amongst each other
  • Tiebreaker process starts over from beginning after each tie is broken for each bracket seed
  • All five teams in this example have a season record of 7-5

Team A: 3rd in division 1 with 825 points. They beat teams B and E, and lost to teams C and D
Team B: 2nd in division 1 with 918 points. They beat team C, lost to teams A and E, and did not play team D
Team C: 1st in division 2 with 725 points. They beat team A, and lost to teams B, D, and E
Team D: 2nd in division 2 with 720 points. They beat teams A, C, and E, and did not play team B
Team E: 1st in Division 1 with 920 points. They beat teams B and C and lost to teams A and D

First we take the division winners. Teams E and C won their divisions. Since team E beat team C in their head to head matchup, E gets the #1 seed and C gets the #2 seed.

Now we have to figure out the #3 seed. Since teams A, B, and D all have 7-5 records, we first look at their head to head records.

  • Team A beat team B and lost to team D, so they are 1-1 head to head
  • Team B lost to team A, and did not play team D, so they are 0-1 head to head
  • Team D beat team A, and did not play team B, so they are 1-0 head to head

Since the three teams did not play the same amount of head to head games we have to go the next tie-breaker - "Points For". This Awards the #3 seed to team B as they had 918 points.

Last we have to figure out the #4 seed. Again, since teams A and D have identical 7-5 records we look at their head to head matchup. Since team D beat team A, D would get the 4th and final playoff seed.