We have had recent enquiries regarding the closing stages of the leagues and in order to answer these queries we are publishing the following which is an extract from an official GAC Liatroma document which outlines the ?Playoff Regulations Leagues 2006?:
?Second Tier Games ???
In the event of an equality of points at the top of the table after the conclusion of the league games the following should apply:
1. Two teams tied for first place will play league final.
2. Three teams tied for first place the team with the highest score difference will automatically qualify for the final and meet the winners of a game played between the remaining two teams.
3. Four teams tied for first place then the team with the highest score difference should automatically qualify for the final. It will meet the winner of a playoff game between the second placed team on score difference and the winner of a further playoff game between the teams with the third and fourth best score difference.
1. Two teams tied on equal points should play off to decide relegation in the event of one relegation place to be decided.
2. Three teams tied on equal points to decide one relegation place, then the team with the lowest score difference should be placed in the final relegation playoff where it will meet the defeated team in a relegation semi-final played between the teams with the best and second best score difference.
3. Three teams tied on equal points to decide two relegation places then the team with the lowest score difference should playoff with team with the second lowest score difference to decide the first relegation place. The winning team of this playoff should play the team with best score difference to decide the remaining relegation place.
4. Four teams tied on equal points to decide one remaining relegation place then the team with highest score difference should meet the team with the third best score difference in a relegation semi-final. The teams with the second and fourth best score difference should meet in a second relegation semi-final. The defeated teams in each of these games should playoff to decide the final relegation.
5. Four teams tied on equal points to decide two relegation places then the team with the least score difference should play the team with next best score difference to decide the first relegation place. To decide the second relegation place the teams with the best and second best score difference should playoff with the defeated team playing the winning team from the first relegationÓgame to decide the final relegation place.
In all of the above, in the event of any teams having equal score difference, then highest score for should be the next determining factor of differentiation. This to be followed, in the event of further equality by the result of the game(s) played in the series of games directly between the two or more teams concerned.
Should there be games conceded during the course of the league competition proper, points should be awarded in the league table as normal procedure dictates. There should be no recourse to claim of loss of score difference by the awarding of these league points by the clubs concerned, as no team can be prevented from progressing without recourse to a playoff to some degree or similarly relegated.
Extra time should be played in all playoff games including final relegation but not including League or Shield finals.?
27-Nov-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO