CFL TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE

When two or more member Clubs are tied in the final Division standings at the conclusion of the regular season schedule, preferential ranking for playoff purposes shall be determined on the basis of the following descending-order priorities and shall be awarded to the club that:

  1. has won the greater number of games played against all member Clubs of the League, then
  2. has the higher winning percentage in all games played against all the other tied Club(s), then
  3. has scored the higher net aggregate of points (i.e. points scored for less points scored against) in games played against all the other tied Club(s), then
  4. has scored the higher net quotient of points (i.e. points scored for divided by points scored against) in games played against all the other tied Clubs(s), then
  5. has the higher winning percentage in all games played against all member Clubs of the Division, then
  6. has scored the higher net aggregate of points in games played against all member Clubs of the Division, then
  7. has scored the higher net quotient of points in games played against all member Clubs of the Division, then
  8. has scored the higher net aggregate of points in games played against all member Clubs of the League, then
  9. has scored the higher net quotient of points in games played against all member Clubs of the League, then
  10. has won a coin toss against the other tied club.

Note: If two Clubs remain tied after other Club(s) are eliminated during any step, tie breaker reverts to step a).

THE OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES FOR THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2017

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