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Is there any rule defined by UEFA or FIFA?

If more teams have the same number of points in a league after the finishing game, what is the rule to declare a winner??

Were there any rule updates by UEFA for this season (2013/14) or the upcoming season?

I found on the Premier League official website: Who wins the League if teams have the same number of points?

Here the rule is defined by goal difference. Is it a new rule, or is it determined by head-to-head then goal difference?

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Possible related question/duplicate:… – Mormegil May 15 '14 at 14:49

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If two or more teams end up with same points in points table, then team having more Goal Difference i.e., Goals Scored minus Goals Against, wins the title.

if Goal Differences are also same for those teams, then team having more Goals Scored would win the title.

And if Goals Scored are also same for those teams, then all those teams on top having same points, same goal differences and goals scored would share the title.

Reference: English Premier League Wikipedia


1. 2011-12 EPL, Manchester City and Manchester United: Manchester City won the title by having +8 goal difference.

2. 1988-89 EPL, Arsenal and Liverpool: Arsenal won the league championship on goals-scored, after finishing level on points and goal-difference with Liverpool.

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Thank you for your response, this rule is also applied fro LaLiga(Premier Division) also . or not? – PrAndroid May 8 '14 at 8:11
Rule is different in La Liga.. If the tie is between two clubs, then the tie is broken using the goal difference for the two matches those clubs have played against each other without 'away goals rule'. – Salman Zaidi May 8 '14 at 9:17
La Liga has complex rules for tie breaking. see for detailed info – Salman Zaidi May 8 '14 at 9:18
In argentina they have to play one against the other.. If more than two teams share the points, then you have 3 matches to resolve the winning. (this happens about two years ago). There is no more goal differences for resolving anything here. – gbianchi Jun 6 '14 at 16:08

In the Premier League, it is based upon the goal difference; if that is the same, then on number of goals scored; if that is the same, then there's a playoff between the top two teams. There is never a head-to-head consideration.

However, in La Liga, there's the head-to-head consideration first of all, then the goal difference and then lastly the number of goals scored. Never ever a playoff happens.

In the Bundesliga, there are the six following rules:

  1. Goal difference for the entire season
  2. Total goals scored for the entire season
  3. Head-to-head results (total points)
  4. Head-to-head goals scored
  5. Head-to-head away goals scored
  6. Total away goals scored for the entire season
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This answer could be improved by sourcing the statements. – Michael Myers May 14 '14 at 16:59

The Premier League rulebook states: "If at the end of the Season either the League Champions or the Clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because 2 or more Clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the Clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding League Matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the Board."

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