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Promotion/Relegation & Tiebreakers

Standard Promotion and Relegation policies are as follows:

  • Top two teams will ALWAYS go up, except for the Summer league which is a standalone season for purposes of pro/rel.
  • Bottom two teams will ALMOST ALWAYS go down, depending on league expansion/contraction
  • Additional teams may be promoted or relegated based on league expansion/contraction - for example, if a D1 team implodes and we are keeping the same number of teams in D1, then 3 teams will be promoted for D2 to D1, and then from D3 to D2, and so on.
  • There will always be an even number of teams across all divisions as much as is possible (i.e., 14 teams in D1, D2, D3, etc)
  • The league will expand from the bottom up - as the league moves to 16 teams/division, that growth will first be reflected in D4, then D3, etc.

The Spring 2018 season will see us return to our traditional format in regards to divisional alignment and pro/rel policies:

  • The current 7 divisions from Fall 2017 will be consolidated back into roughly 4 equal divisions
  • In a 12 team division, each team will play all other teams in their division except one, which will be determined prior to the start of the season. In an 11 team division, each team will play all other teams in its division, with one bye week during the season.
  • Pro/rel FOR THIS SEASON ONLY will be largely dependent on the number of teams returning that took off the Fall season to recover from devastation of hurricane Harvey. It is likely that a team that finished poorly in Division 2A from Fall 2017 will remain in Division 2, while a bottom-finishing team from 2B will likely move to Division 3. Teams that do well in the 'A' brackets will be strong candidates for promotion to the next higher division, but other factors, like the strength of the returning teams that took Fall 2017 off will also be taken into account.

Tiebreakers are as follows:

Two Teams

  • Total points
  • Head-to-head results
  • GD3 (NOT total goal differential)
  • Fewest goals allowed
  • Yellow card point system (yellow = 1 pt, red cards = 3 pts. Two yellows making a red = 3 pts)
  • Coin flip

Multiple Teams

  • Total points
  • Most wins
  • GD3 (NOT total goal differential)
  • Fewest goals allowed
  • Yellow card point system (yellow = 1 pt, red cards = 3 pts. Two yellows making a red = 3 pts)
  • Draw straws

In the event that more than two teams finish tied on total points, teams are compared using the Multiple Teams tiebreaker list. Teams can be removed from this group by being either the best (i.e., most wins) or the worst (lowest GD3) in the group. When 2 teams remain, revert to the top of the Two Team tiebreaker chart.