Goal Difference and Head to Head Regulation, Which is Better?

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“This rule makes Garuda Nusantara fail to advance to the semifinals.”

1NEWSIndonesia U-19 national team have tried their best in 2022 AFF U-19 Cup. Despite scoring a total of 17 goals and conceding only two goals during the group stage, Garuda Nusantara had to be willing to not play in the semifinals.

This certainty was accepted by Garuda Nusantara based on regulations from the AFF, namely setting head to head as a rule if there are teams that have the same points until the last match in the preliminary round.

And, ironically, that experience was felt by Ronaldo Kwateh et al when he was the host. Despite having a higher goal productivity than Vietnam and Thailandbut in fact it is the head to head regulation that determines Vietnamese and Thailand qualified for the semifinals after a 1-1 draw. While the U-19 national team played a goalless draw with both.

Goal difference or head to head? How each major football competition ranks team points.

Winning the title by having the most points is the easiest way to victory – but what happens when the team finally levels up?

Goal difference, goals scored, head to head – how does the league rank when the clubs have the same goal difference?

The number of yellow cards you pick up in a season also has the potential to determine your final result in the league, as well as many other unique rules and decisions.

So, how do the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and other top competitions rank their tables?

What is the difference between goals vs head to head?

Goal difference is a tie-breaker used to rank teams that finish with the same points in league tournaments.

The goal difference is calculated as the number of goals scored by a team in all league games during the season, minus the number of goals conceded – for example, if a team scored four goals but conceded two goals in two games, their goal difference would be +2.

A negative goal difference occurs when a team concedes more goals than they score, such as if they conceded three but managed to score one goal (giving them a -2 goal difference).

The use of goal difference as a tie-breaker was first introduced at the 1970 World Cup, and then used by the English Football League in 1975.

Since then, most European football leagues as well as tournaments around the world have used goal difference to determine rankings – although other competitions may prefer a head to head record or other variation as the priority draw breaker.

Using head to head as a tie-breaker determines the form the two clubs level when they face each other. If Chelsea and Liverpool have the same points, but Chelsea manage to beat Liverpool at home and away in the league, the London team will be considered the winner.

Head to head points between tied teams

-Head to head goal difference between tied teams

-Goals scored in head to head matches between teams that have drawn

-Away goals scored in head-to-head matches between teams that have drawn

If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all of the head to head criteria above, some of the teams are still tied, all of the head to head criteria above are re-applied exclusively to this subset of teams.

-Goal difference in all group matches

-Goals scored in all group matches

-Away goals scored in all group matches

-Win in all group matches

-Away wins in all group matches

Discipline points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one game = 3 points)

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