Playoff & Tie-Breaking Criteria

SAM Playoff Rules and Criteria

Scoring Criteria (points awarded to teams for each game of the regular season): 

  1. Three (3) points for a win 
  2. One (1) point for a tie 
  3. Zero (0) points for a loss 
  4. Teams are seeded based on point totals at the end of the regular season 

Tie-Breaking Criteria (used to determine seeds in first round of playoffs): 

  1. Head to head competition (only used for ties between two teams) 
  2. Most wins 
  3. Bonus points ** 
  4. Least goals allowed 
  5. Most shut-out wins 
  6. Flip of a coin (only if tie cannot be broken using above steps) 

** Bonus points are awarded to winning teams, up to a maximum of three (3), based on goal differential and used 
only for the purposes of breaking ties. (A team winning 3-0 or 6-2 would receive three (3) points. A team winning 
3-1 would receive two (2) bonus points.) 

In the event of a tie among more than two (2) teams, once a tie is broken by the above system, and if ties among 
remaining teams still exist, those ties are broken by starting again at the top of the tie-breaking system (start at step 1 
if two teams are still tied. Start at Step 2 if more than two teams are still tied). 

Standard Playoff Instructions: 

Games cannot end in a tie. If game ends in tie, the following format will be used to break the tie: 

  1. Teams shall play one (1), five (5) minute overtime with Golden Goal IN effect.
  2. If the score is still tied after five (5) minutes, a second, five (5) minute overtime will be played with Golden Goal IN effect.
  3. Teams shall have a two (2) minute break between periods. If still tied after the second overtime period, Penalty Kicks will be taken.
  4. Each team shall take five (5) Penalty Kicks (teams will alternate kickers).
  5. If after five (5) kicks the score is still tied, teams will continue with Golden Goal Penalty Kicks until a winner is decided. 

Home and Away Championship Instructions: 

The first game of a “Home and Away” championship may end in a tie. If the second game in the series leads to the 
aggregate score of both teams being tied, the game will proceed to follow standard Playoff Overtime rules. For 
Example, If Team A beats Team B 3-2, then loses the second game 1-2, the aggregate 4-4 score would result in an 

Penalty Kick Procedures (if needed): 

  1. The referee chooses the goal at which the kicks will be taken. 
  2. The referee tosses a coin and the team whose captain wins the toss decides whether to take the first or the second kick. 
  3. The referee keeps a record of the kicks being taken. 
  4. Subject to the conditions explained below, both teams take five kicks. 
  5. The kicks are taken alternatively by the teams. 
  6. If, before both teams have taken five kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five kicks, no more kicks are taken.
  7. If, after both teams have taken five kicks, both have scored the same number of goals, or have not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same order until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of kicks. 
  8. A goalkeeper who is injured while kicks are being taken and is unable to continue as goalkeeper may be replaced by a named substitute. 
  9. Only players who are on the field of play at the end of the match are allowed to take kicks. 
  10. Each kick is taken by a different player and all eligible players must take a kick before any player can take a second kick. 
  11. An eligible player may change places with the goalkeeper at any time when kicks from the penalty mark are being taken. 
  12. Only the eligible players and match officials are permitted to remain on the field of play when kicks are being taken. 
  13. All players, except the player taking the kick and the two goalkeepers, must remain within the center circle. 
  14. The goalkeeper who is the team-mate of the kicker must remain on the field of play, outside the penalty area in which the kicks are being taken, on the goal line where it meets the penalty area boundary line. 

*Please note players born in 2010 will be playing up into the U9 age group, there is no U8 SAM SELECT.


If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Gary Burke,