Ahead of next weekend’s final round of SFL fixtures, please see below the arrangements for progress into the Semi Finals of Division 1 & 2 and for promotion from Division 2 and relegation from Division 1, as was circulated in March 2017. I have also included the regulation that deals with teams finishing on the same number of points.
Senior Football Leagues
i. SFL Division 1 Competition (2017) shall consist of ten teams and be played on a double round basis i.e. 18 league games for each club. The Top 4 teams will compete in the league semi-finals (1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd) with the two winners contesting the SFL 1 Final. There will be no automatic relegation; instead relegation will be decided by the following format: The teams finishing 9th and 10th will play off with the loser relegated. The teams finishing 7th and 8th will play off with the winner safe. The winner of 9th/10th will then play the loser of 7th/8th with the loser of that game relegated.
ii. The SFL Division 2 Competition (2017) shall consist of ten teams and be played on a double round basis i.e. 18 league games for each club. There will be no halfway split. There will be no automatic promotion. The Top 4 teams will compete in the SFL 2 semi-finals (1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd) with the two winners contesting the SFL 2 Final and being promoted to SFL 1.
iii. The SFL Division 3 Competition (2017) shall consist of four teams, those finishing in 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th place of SFL Division 2. The teams finishing 5th and 8th will play in the first Semi Final, with the teams finishing 6th and 7th playing in the second Semi Final. The winners of the two Semi Finals will play in the SFL Division 3 Final.
Teams Finishing Level on Points
In the event of teams finishing on level points in the Erne Cup, SFL or League stages of a Championship, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified:
i. Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from the total Scores For);
ii. Highest total Score For;
iii. Highest total Goals For;
iv. Scoring Average (dividing the total Scores For by the total Scores Against);
v. Where two teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition;
vi. A Play-Off.
vii. In relation to the above factors, if the accumulated scores of a team, so involved, are affected by a disqualification, loss of game on a proven objection, retirement or walk over, the CCC may decide that the tie be decided by a Play-Off.