World League Season Finale

The Old England Patriots have secured the Eastern Conference #1 seed for the second consecutive season and await te conclusion of week 13 to find out who their two possible week 15 opponents will be.

Entering the final week of the World League’s 2018 regular season, the playoff race is as tight as it’s ever been in the league with 5 playoff spots still up for grabs.  Only the AF#11 Old England Patriots (9-3-0) have secured their slot for the post season, clinching the Eastern Conference #1 seed and first round bye with their week 12 win over Jerusalem.  Seven other teams will go into the week 13 season finale with playoff hopes, but with just the 5 open slots, 2 of those teams will see their seasons end this week.  Because so much is in play across multiple games this week, instead of featuring a single Premier World Match, the World League is allowing its broadcast partners to televise every match in the league this week in markets all over the world.

The World League playoff format gives a first round bye and an automatic bid to the Conference Championship to the team at the top of the standings in each of its two conferences.  The second place team in each conference secures the #2 seed and hosts the round 1 Wild Card Game in week 14, while their opponent, the Conference Wild Card teams earn their #3 seed by total season points.

Eastern Conference

#1 Seed:

  • clinched by AF#11 Old England Patriots (9-3-0)

#2 Seed:

  • AF#23 London Falling (6-6-0) can clinch with a win OR with a Dublin Bay Prawns (6-6-0) AND Jerusalem Cheeseheads (6-6-0) loss
  • Dublin Bay can clinch with a win AND a London AND Jeruasalem loss
  • Jerusalem can clinch with a win AND a London AND Dublin loss
  • If all three teams win or all three teams lose, London will clinch (based on tiebreaker)
  • Tie breaker is total pointsLondon (1376), Dublin (1213), Jerusalem (1144)

#3 Seed:

  • London will clinch with a loss AND a Dublin OR Jerusalem win
  • Dublin will clinch with London win AND by not being outscored by Jerusalem 70 or more points
  • Jerusalem can clinch with a London win and by outscoring Dublin by 70 or more points

Western Conference

Seed #1

  • AF#14 City of Champions (9-3-0) can clinch with a win OR with a AF#10 Buenos Aires Blue Dogs (8-4-0) loss OR with a Buenos Aires win as long as they outscore Buenos Aires by 44 or more points
  • Buenos Aires can clinch with a win AND a City of Champions loss as long as City of Champions scores 44 or fewer points, more than Buenos Aires

Seed #2:

  • City of Champions can clinch with a loss AND a Buenos Aires win as long as they score 44 or fewer points more than Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires can clinch with a win AND a City of Champions win OR a AF#24 Mexico Aztecs (8-4-0) loss
  • Mexico can clinch with a win AND a Buenos Aires loss

Seed #3:

  • Buenos Aires can clinch with a loss
  • Mexico can clinch with a Buenos Aires win AND by outscoring Youngstown by 27 or more points
  • Youngstown can clinch with a Buenos Aires win AND by not being outscored by Mexico by 27 or more points

Arizona vs Cali

  • Cali Rox will secure the 2019 #1 pick with a loss OR with a win by less than an 82 point margin

 

Excerpted from the World League Rules Book:

VII    Playoffs

A.     Playoffs will be Weeks 14-16 with 6 teams qualifying

B.     3 teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs and will be placed into opposite arms of the playoff bracket, guaranteeing a conference vs conference championship

C.     Seeding will be as follows:

  1. The top team by standings in each Conference will receive seed #1 for their conference and a first round bye for Week 14
  2. The second place teams by standings in each Conference will make the playoffs as seed #2 for their conference
  3.  The team with the highest season points total of the remaining 4 teams in each conference will earn their Conference Wildcard slot and be seed #3 for their conference
  4. The #2 seeds will play the #3 seeds in each conference in Week 14
  5. The Winners of Week 14 will play their Conference #1 seed in week 15 for the Conference Championship
  6. The winners of the Conference Championships will play in the World Bowl in Week 16

VIII    Tiebreakers

A.     Individual Match-ups are allowed to end in ties (except for playoff matches)

B.     Standings tiebreaker progression is as follows:

  1. Total season points
  2. Head to head record
  3. Total head to head points
  4. Total FLEX position points in head-to-head matches
  5. Total FLEX position points in Weeks 1-13
  6. Total kicking points in head-to-head matches
  7. Total kicking points in Weeks 1-13
  8. Total TEAM DEF points in head-to-head matches
  9. Total TEAM DEF points in Weeks 1-13
  10. Coin Flip

 

 

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