Trophy Winners as of Monday, February 26th

2018 LISA Trophy Winners

League, B Cup rep and LISA Cup

Below is a list of Lower Island trophy winners as of Monday, February 26. Included on the attached list are league champions, Lower Island B Cup reps that won their Lower Island playdowns and LISA Cup winners.

Updated 2018 Trophy Winners: Soccer 2018 Winners

In most leagues February 24/25 was the last weekend all teams, or all teams except their Provincial/Coastal B Cup reps, were available for league play as their District Cup playdowns begin this weekend (March 3/4). Unfortunately, because of closed fields and B Cup teams that were not available, some key games did not get played. That meant a few league winners had to be determined by going back to the last “completed” round (as defined in LISA’s rules for determining league champions).

LISA Cup trophies and player medals were presented to the winning teams at the LISA Cup finals. The winners of the Lower Island District Cup playdowns will be presented with their trophies and player medals at the District Cup finals April 7/8 in Sooke.

League champions and the Lower Island B Cup reps that won their Lower Island playdowns also receive trophies and player medals. Those awards can be picked up at the LISA office #101 – 1246 Esquimalt Road, Esquimalt, Monday through Friday. Phone first to confirm your awards will be ready and to make arrangements to pick them up. The LISA office phone number is 250-382-7489.

DETERMINING LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

The rules for determining league champions are posted on the LISA website. In the drop-down box for the ABOUT tab go to “Rules” and click on “LISA Rules and Regulations.” (See Chapter 3, rule 303 Determining League Winners.)

The team that is declared the league champion is not always the team with the most points at the end of the league season. Because of field closures and league play being interrupted by cup competitions (Provincial/Coastal B Cup, LISA Cup) teams do not always play the same number of games against the same opponents. In addition the reason for outstanding games can vary. So when it comes to determining the league champions LISA applies the rules mentioned above.

As noted in the rules, league winners are determined by “completed rounds.” That is why the schedules are drawn up on a round-by-round basis – teams are scheduled to play all their opponents once (which constitutes a “round”) before they are scheduled to play any opponent a second time.

The first definition of a “completed round” is as expected:  all the games scheduled for that round have been played. LISA’s rules also define a “completed round” as one in which a team has mathematically clinched first place. In other words, no team could catch the first-place team even if they won all their un-played games in that round.

Continuing with the rules to determine a league champion, the first time two teams play each other it is their Round 1 game. The second time they play each other it is their Round 2 game, and so on. It does not matter where the game was played (i.e. which team was home or which team was visitor).

For instance, if two teams played each other during Round 1 as listed on their schedule, missed playing during Round 2 because the field was closed, and then played each other during the Round 3 dates on their schedule, in order to determine the league champion the result from the game played during Round 3 would officially be considered their Round 2 result.

Another part of the rule that sometimes has to be taken into consideration:  a team can be eliminated from winning the league title during a round that does not meet the definition of “complete.”

For instance, after two complete rounds the Maroon Team is in first place but during Round 3 the Maroon Team starts losing games. At the end of league play Round 3 can not be classified as “complete” as no team has mathematically clinched first place. However after losing Round 3 games the Maroons can no longer mathematically end up in first place. So even though the Maroons were in first place at the end of the last completed round they can not be declared the league champion as they had played themselves out of contention.

If in applying LISA’s rules for determining league champions two (or more) teams end up tied for first place they will play a tiebreaker match in cup format (i.e. extra time and a FIFA penalty shootout, if needed) with the winning team capturing the league title. No other tiebreakers (e.g. head-to-head, goal differential, winning percentage etc.)  are used to determine a league champion.

Congratulations to all 2018 trophy winners

LISA’s scheduling committee

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