12 August 2019

Europe's top 4 battle for glory in Leeds


The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women's European Championships is taking place in Leeds, England

The competition is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport, a stadium synonymous with American football, from Monday until Saturday (August 17), with teams accommodated at Leeds Beckett University.

Four teams, including hosts and European number one ranked Great Britain, along with reigning champions Finland, will take part in a round-robin competition, with the group winners crowned European Champions.

Great Britain are the number one ranked European nation having finished fourth in the 2017 World Championship, beating rivals Finland in the process.  The remaining participating nations, Austria and Sweden, have plenty of experience and will provide stern tests for the top two ranked nations.

The tournament schedule sees action take place on three game days.

Game Day 1 (Monday)
Finland 50 versus Austria 0
Great Britain 6 versus Sweden 9

Game Day 2 (Wednesday)
Great Britain 36 versus Austria 6
Finland 27 versus Sweden 20

The final day of competition is Saturday, when Austria face Sweden, followed by a potentially decisive clash between Finland and Great Britain. 

All games will be streamed LIVE by Onside Productions: Search Onside TV on YouTube 

So what could happen on Saturday?

The simplest outcome is if Finland beat Great Britain. That would see Finland crowned Champions and Sweden secure second place regardless of the result between Sweden and Austria as they (Sweden) have the head to head over Great Britain.  

If Great Britain defeat Finland then it is possible that Great Britain, Finland and Sweden all end up on 2 wins (the first tie breaker) Great Britain would have the head to head over Finland, Finland would have the head to head over Sweden and Sweden would have the head to head over Great Britain (the second tie breaker).

This means that we would look at tie-breaker 3 from the Competition Regulations: Points Difference in head to head. There was agreement between nations prior to the tournament that in any victory if a points difference in a game was greater than 35 points only those 35 would count. This was to prevent teams having the opportunity to run up scores.  

Therefore, in this circumstance scores against Austria are discounted.
Finland are +7 versus Sweden
Sweden are +3 versus Great Britain and -7 versus Finland (therefore are on -4)
Great Britain are on -3 after Sweden.  
Therefore, if Great Britain defeat Finland and win by a score of 6 or higher they will be Champions If Great Britain defeat Finland by 4 or less, Finland will be Champions.  

If Great Britain defeat Finland by 5 then we will drop to the next tie breaker: Points difference in total.

The 35 point difference cap is retained but this time scores including Austria are counted.
Finland are +35 versus Austria and +7 versus Sweden
Great Britain are + 30 versus Austria and -3 versus Sweden
Sweden are +3 versus Great Britain and -7 versus Finland
The maximum points difference Sweden can attain is +31 (35 notional versus Austria) + 3 and then -7)  
Finland would have +37 (35 + 7 and then - 5)
Great Britain would have +32 (30 + 5 and then - 3)
So in the case of a 5 point victory by Great Britain over Finland then Finland would be crowned champions. Great Britain would be second and 3rd place would be Sweden (if they beat Austria) or Austria (if the beat Sweden thereby having the head to head).



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