December 19, 2017
Denton, TX – The Simulation Football League, presented by APM Music, announced the details of a revised playoff format that will see 10 of the 18 teams make the playoffs in Season 10, but only 8 who will survive the first few days of the journey.
“This was the perfect balance between the talent consolidation of eight teams and increased SFL playoff exposure for our players at 12 teams,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “10 strikes the perfect balance and with this being our 10th season – it all fits together.”
To summarize, the top two teams in each conference will receive a spot in the top six, while four wild card teams, regardless of conference, will battle it out in a mid-week doubleheader clash for the right to advance to the SFL Quarterfinals just a few days later. Any teams involved in the Wild Card chase will play the Saturday before Wild Card Wednesday (March 28), getting three days to prep for their first-round playoff opponent. Winners will then have another three days to prep for the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in the singular league bracket.
The top two seeds receive a distinct advantage, drawing an opponent who has already had to prepare for another opponent earlier in the week. The top two teams in each conference advancing to the top 6 adds the emphasis needed to the relevancy of conference standings in a one-league playoff bracket.
“We’ll be on top of our game with playoff scenarios this season,” Irvine said. “We can’t afford not to be. The arguments in all the major sports leagues against a single league playoff table is that it diminishes conference importance. This format takes the best of both worlds.”
Conference Champions will receive no less than a top 4 seed, securing a quarterfinal round home playoff game.
The format essentially sets up five different races for seeding:
Seeds 1-2 (home field advantage for two rounds, draws an opponent who has already prepped for another opponent that week)
Seeds 3-4 (home field advantage in quarterfinal round)
Seeds 5-6 (securing a first-round mini-bye)
Seeds 7-8 (Wild-Card Wednesday home field advantage)
Seeds 9-10 (The right to quality for the SFL Playoffs)
Twitch will broadcast the Wild Card Wednesday doubleheader and the SFL Championship Game on the front page as part of the enhanced SFL exposure through the Twitch platform.
The following are tiebreakers involving teams from the same conference:
- Conference Record
- Conference Strength of Victory
- Conference Season Point Differential
The following are tiebreakers involving teams from different conferences:
- Common Games Record
- Strength of Victory
- Strength of Schedule
- Season Point Differential
NOTE: If three or more teams are tied from different conferences, and two are from the same conference, conference tiebreakers apply to break the tie between them if the head-to-head tiebreaker does not eliminate either team.
NOTE: Conference Champions will receive a higher seed over a non-conference champion with the same record, as long as the head-to-head tiebreaker is not won by the non-conference champion.