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Discussion in 'Away team dugout' started by Rev John Ripsher, May 7, 2011.
How come that Inverness Caley with 47 points have finished below Motherwell who have 45 points ?????
There are currently twelve clubs in the Scottish Premier League. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner.
A season, which runs from August until May, is divided into two phases. During the first phase, each club plays three games against every other team, either once at home and twice away or vice-versa. After this first phase of matches, by which time all clubs will have played 33 games, the league splits into a 'top six' and a 'bottom six'.
Each club then plays a further five matches against the other five teams in their own section. Points achieved during the first phase of 33 matches are carried forward to the second phase, but the teams will compete only within their own sections during the second phase. After the first phase has been completed, clubs cannot move out of their own section in the league, even if they achieve more or fewer points than a higher or lower ranked team, respectively.
At the beginning of each season, the Scottish Premier League 'predicts' the likely positions of each club in order to produce a fixture schedule that will ensure the best possible chance of all clubs playing each other twice at home and twice away. These are known as the league seedings and are based on clubs' performance in previous years.However, should a club predicted to finish in the top six finish in the bottom six, it faces the possibility of playing more games away from home than at home or vice-versa. This, in turn, has a knock-on effect on the top-six with an imbalance of fixtures resulting; for example, one club may play one team three times at home and once away.
The bottom placed SPL club at the end of the season is relegated, and swaps places with the winner of the scottish first divison provided that the winner satisfies the league's entry criteria.
because the league divides into 2 sections at the half way point, the 6th place team cant finish any lower and 7th no higher,
Guess they do things differently in Scotland...
Crystal fekking clear :laughter::laughter::laughter:
Funny post isnt it !
I can't believe you can type so quickly !!!!!!
ALL THAT in just 2 minutes !!
or you mean I copy pasted so slow!!!
It's so that you can play a reasonable amount of games...if you played every team twice you would only have 22 games per season, and if you played every team four times you would play 44 games per season.
Also so that Celtic and Rangers can play each other again.
It's actually quite a good system because it eliminates a lot of meaningless end of season games.