ACFL/NFL Tie-Breaker Procedures
Formats used to determine Division and Wild Card playoff berths
DIVISION TIES
If at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical best won-lost-tied
percentage, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined. The same steps are used to determine the sites.
TWO CLUBS
1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games
between the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games if
applicable.
5. Best points against in division games.
6. Best points against conference games.
7. Strength of schedule.
8. Best points against in all games.
9. Coin Toss.
THREE OR MORE CLUBS
1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games
among the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the
division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the
conference.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
5. Best points against in division games.
6. Best points against in conference games.
7. Strength of schedule.
8. Best net touchdowns in all games.
9. Coin Toss.
Note: If one team wins multiple-team tiebreaker to advance to playoff round, remaining teams revert to Step One of applicable two-club format, i.e., either in division tiebreaker or Wild Card tiebreaker. If two teams in a multiple-team tie possess superior marks in a tiebreaking step, this pair of teams advance to the top of the applicable two-club format to break the tie.
One team advances to playoff round while other returns to
original group and Step One of applicable tiebreaker.
WILD CARD TIES
If necessary to break ties to determine the three Wild Card
clubs from each conference and the site of one of the two first-round playoff games, the following steps will be taken:
1. If the tied clubs are from the same divisions, apply
division tie-breaker.
2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply
the following steps.
TWO CLUBS
1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the
conference.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum
of four.
4. Best points against in conference games.
5. Best points against in all games.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Coin Toss.
THREE OR MORE CLUBS
1. Apply division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the
highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to Step Two. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tiebreaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the three Wild Card applicants.
2. Head-to-head sweep (Applicable only if one club has
defeated each others, or if one club has lost to each of the others).
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum
of four.
5. Best points against in conference games.
6. Best points against in all games.
7. Strength of schedule.
8. Coin Toss.
Note: If two clubs remain tied after a third or other clubs are eliminated, the tie-breaker reverts to Step One of the
applicable two-club format. When the first Wild Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to Step Two, and repeated a third time, if necessary, to identify the third time, if necessary, to identify the third Wild Card. In situations where three or more teams from the same are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tiebreaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild Card berth.