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Standings Schemes

Who: League Administrator offers a flexible set of tools for Managing Standings Schemes. A league can:

1. Work from a standard set of standings schemes provided
2. Edit an existing standings scheme
3. Add a new standings scheme, including the addition of new rules.
4. Assign a standings scheme to a competition
5. Choose not to keep standings for a competition.

A Standings Scheme is a set of ordered standings rules. A set of basic rules is provided along with some standard schemes using sets of these rules. An example of a scheme is Standard League Play using the following rules in order:

1. Standard Points (3 for a win, 0 for a loss, 1 for a tie)
2. Fewest Games Played
3. Overall Goal Differential
4. Fewest Goals Allowed

Definitions of Included Soccer Standings Rules
• Soccer Standard Points (3/1/0) -- 3 points for a win; 1 for a tie; and 0 for a loss. This is the standard for soccer. E.g., a team with 2 wins and 1 tie would have 7 points.
• Fewest Games Played – if there is a tie in points, then the team that has the fewest games played is ranked higher
• Overall Goal Differential – goals for minus goals against
Fewest Goals Allowed – fewest goals allowed is the next tiebreaker
• Winning Percentage – The standard for baseball and basketball. It equals wins divided by total games played. Sports that use this don’t typically have ties; but if there are ties, the default is to count a tie 1/2. There is a Standings rule that can be used that counts a tie as 1/3.
• Most Goals -- A common late tiebreaker for soccer
• Capped (3) Goal Differential –This means that the goal differential for any one game cannot exceed 3 goals. This is often used in youth soccer, to discourage teams from running up the score.
• Head-to-Head -- Between two teams tied in the standings, the team that beat the other team wins this tiebreaker. In the case of a 3-way tie, if there is a team that has a superior record among those three teams, that team should be declared the winner.
• Playoff Games (final) – “(final)” means it is a terminal condition; no more rules can come after it.
• Declare Co-Champions (final)
• Coin Flip (final)
• Wins minus Losses – Highest Win-Loss Differential
• NASL Points (6/3/0) – The old NASL used to give 6 points for a win, 3 for a tie, and 1 for each goal scored up to 3 per game.

View Existing Schemes and Rules
Go to Manage League from your User Home page and then Work on Standings Schemes. You will see a list of schemes available with the ordered set of rules for each scheme. If you scroll down, under "Add Scheme" you will see a list of available rules.

Add New Rule
Go to Add or Edit Standings Rules. Some rules can be customized such as Standard Points. To add a new rule scroll down, click on the rule type and enter the correct number or numbers. Click on "Save New Rule."

Edit Existing Scheme or Add new Scheme
On the Edit Standings Schemes page, click on "Customize" or "Modify" to edit an existing scheme. Scroll down to add a new scheme. For each rule you want to use click on a radio button indicating its priority. Click on "Save New Scheme."

Assign a Standings Scheme to a Competition
Go to Competitions from your user home page and edit the competition. Select the standings scheme and Save Changes. Choose "No Standings" if you do not want to keep standings.

NOTE: IF you do not keep standings, then no standings will appear, even to officers of the league. Another option is to choose a standings scheme for the competition, then for each division (under "Divisions" > "Edit Division") uncheck "Keep Public Standings." In this manner, you can have standings (and scores) visible to officers of the league, but no one else. This approach is a way for the league to monitor the balance in competition competitions with unpublished standings.

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