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2002 2003 Playoff Format

02/26/2003, 10:24am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The following is the format for the NLL post-season:

1. Six teams will be eligible for the playoffs. The three division winners will automatically qualify for the playoffs and will be seeded one through three based on record and overall tie-breakers, if necessary. Teams seeded first and second will receive a first round bye. The remaining three-playoff spots will be awarded to the non-division winners by overall best records, using overall tiebreakers if necessary.

2. In the quarterfinals, the third place finisher will play the sixth, and the fourth place finisher will play the fifth.

3. In the playoff semi-finals, the first place finisher will play the winner of fourth vs. fifth place finisher, and the second place finisher will play the winner of third vs. sixth place finisher.

4. The winners of the playoff semi-final games will play for the world championship (NLL Champion?s Cup).

The following is the tie-breaking procedure for clubs having identical won-lost records at the conclusion of the regular season to determine the order of finish and seeding:

a) Head-to-head record during the regular season.
b) Win-loss record against common opponents played an equal number of games during the regular season.
c) Goals for/goals against in head-to-head match-ups.
d) Total goals for/goals against for the regular season.
e) Coin toss.

The following is the tiebreaking procedure for clubs having identical won-lost records at the conclusion of the regular season within their division, to determine the order of finish and seeding within the division:

a) Head-to-head record during the regular season.
b) Win-loss against divisional opponents.
c) Win-loss record against common opponents played an equal number of times during the regular season.
d) Goals for/goals against in head-to-head match-ups.
e) Total goals for/goals against within Division.
f) Total goals for/goals against for the regular season.
g) Coin toss.

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