Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Group tiebreakers differ from World Cup
by Samuel Charles, June 12th, 2012 1:40AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  european championship

MOST COMMENTED

[EURO 2012 WATCH] The tiebreakers used to separate teams at the World Cup and the European Championships are nearly identical. It is the order they are applied that differs, and this difference is significant.

Goal differential during all group games is the first tiebreaker for teams level on points at the World Cup, followed by total goals scored. If teams still can’t be separated, goal differential in games between those remaining is used. If only two teams remain, their head-to-head match is used, assuming there was a winner.

If countries finish tied after group play at Euro 2012, head-to-head results carry much more weight.

In fact, the first tiebreaker used is head-to-head results when two teams are tied on points. When more than two teams finish level, points earned in games between those involved determines order of finish. If they're still tied, goal differential during those games is used to separate them, then goals scored.

There are further tiebreakers, and it can get confusing. (Below are links to both methods in their entirety.)

As Euro 2012 group play moves forward we’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of each system, explore how this method might affect teams chances to go through, or even their approach to upcoming matches.

Does it reduce the incentive to chase goals? Does this lead to more final group matches without relevance? And, is the Netherlands in a much bigger hole than we thought?

* Euro 2012 tiebreakers

* World Cup tiebreakers



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Pouting keeper protests by giving up    
So upset was the goalkeeper of Vietnamese team Long An at a penalty kick call he ...
MLS Injury Report: Surgery sidelines Whitecaps' Reyna    
Vancouver will need a backup plan to replace departed playmaker Pedro Morales. The team has announced ...
What They're Saying: Wayne Shaw    
"I think two more than the four you have there." -- Wayne Shaw, pointing to a ...
What They're Saying: Lauren Holiday    
"I have never quite known suffering like I experienced the last 6 months. I can remember ...
CCL: Gonzalez's Pachuca finally shut out    
Pachuca was held without a goal for the first time in 25 games in the Concacaf ...
Datebook: NWSL will open fifth season on April 15    
The National Women's Soccer League will kick off its fifth season April 15 with four games, ...
MLS Moves: Mullins and D.C. extend their partnership    
Not many midseason trades have turned out so well as did the shift of Patrick Mullins ...
MLS Moves: Loons line up Swiss defender    
Another area of need -- outside back -- has been addressed by Minnesota United FC as ...
Sneak Peek: Cabrera and Cubo reunited in Houston    
No returning MLS team has made more changes than Houston. The Dynamo, last in the Western ...
U.S. U-18 girls beat England, 3-1    
Sophia Smith of Real Colorado scored twice after PacNW SC's Summer Yates opened the scoring in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives