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YJFL introduces new tiebreak system for season 2023



The YJFL has introduced a new tiebreak system across all competitive competitions for season 2023.


The system — which has been in place during the grading period — sees the removal of percentage as a tiebreaker instead focusing on match ratio and head-to-head match ups to decide ladder positions.


The move — supported unanimously by all 31 YJFL clubs — will see the following system utilised to determine ladder positions.

Ladder Tiebreaker Process

Finishing positions will be deemed a tie where;

- Two or more sides finish on the same amount of match points or,

- Two or more sides finish on the same Match Ratio (Games won/Games Played x100).

Two Team Tie

The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken;

  1. Win-Loss record of head-to-head competition between the two teams.

  2. Greatest winning margin in games played between two teams.

  3. Most Goals in games played between two teams.

  4. Win-Loss record vs. Highest ranked common opponent (proceeding downwards if necessary).

  5. Aggregate margin vs. Highest ranked common opponent.

Three Team Tie (or more)

The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken:

  1. Best winning percentage of games played among the tied teams.

  2. Greatest winning margin in games played between teams.

  3. Win-Loss record vs. Highest ranked common opponent (proceeding downwards if necessary).

  4. Aggregate margin vs. Highest ranked common opponent.

The purpose of the tiebreaker system is to disincentive winning by large margins, encouraging coaches to equalise participation and inclusion for participants.


In particular, the system;

  • Promotes greater player movement in positions across the ground.

  • Encourages rotation of players and improved game time for players which benefits player retention.

  • Allows more freedom and flexibility in grading with margins and percentage no longer relevant for teams moving up or down.

"This system has been very successful over a number of years in neighbouring competitions" said YJFL CEO Aaron Bailey.


“It has removed the incentive for sides to win by large margins, instead providing the opportunity for teams to rotate players, equalise game time and play players in alternative positions."


"Wins and losses still count, however we are of the firm belief that no one benefits in large blow outs, and the lessons that come from wins and losses are much greater in close, competitive games."


Bailey outlined that the move away from percentage as the tie breaker provides many benefits, particularly with grading.


"This allows us much greater flexibility with grading, where teams may now only take wins or losses with them if they move grades.”


“This decreases the impact of teams changing divisions and has allowed us to grade much earlier this year providing what we believe to be the most competitive and even competitions possible.”


More information about rules and regulations can be found via the YJFL Rules and By-Laws page.

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