New CIAC soccer qualification

The CIAC Soccer Committee has issued a clarification on the qualification and tie-breaker procedures for the 2012 boys and girls soccer tournament.

The clarification involved a decision made at the March 26, 2012 Boys and Girls Soccer Committee meeting to change one of the tie-breaker procedures to value three (3) points for a win and one (1) for a tie.

This change was not intended to alter the procedure for qualification to the tournaments, but rather to break ties for tournament seeding.

Upon reviewing the information, the Committee approved continuing with the system for determining winning percentage to qualify (winning percentage of 40%) for tournament using two (2) points for a win and one (1) point for a tie — this will allow more schools to qualify — divided by two times the number of games played.

Any team whose winning percentage is 40% or greater when taking two (2) points per win and one (1) point per tie will qualify for the tournament.

Both the rankings and tournament packet on the CIAC soccer page have been updated to reflect this procedure.

The Committee also approved the change to the tie-break system ford seeding to reflect the following:

a. Head-to-head (no change)

b. Point ranking – determined by giving three (3) points for each win and one (1) point for each tie (replaces the team with the greatest number of combined wins and ties will be ranked higher in cases where the percentage is identical).

c. Computer generated by lot (higher number prevails) (no change)

The addition the second tie-breaker procedures addresses the issues and the intent of the committee.

The following is an example of how the procedure would work:

Two teams have records of 13-2-1 and 12-1-3. Both have winning percentages of .844.

Under the old system the team with 12 wins would have prevailed because its 15 wins and ties are more than the other team’s 14.

Under the new system the team with 13 wins would prevail, because its 40 points (13 x 3 + 1) are more than the other team’s 39 (12 x 3 + 1).

All these changes will be in effect for the 2012 tournaments, and the Committee will again review all tournament policies and procedures following the completion of the 2012 season.

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