Historic league table generator

League & table info

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Available competition dates

Competition First season Last season First match date Last match date
Premier League 1993 2017 1992-08-15 2017-03-19
League Championship 2005 2017 2004-08-07 2017-03-18
League One 2005 2017 2004-08-07 2017-03-21
League Two 2005 2017 2004-08-07 2017-03-21
League Division 1 1993 2004 1992-08-15 2004-05-09
League Division 2 1993 2004 1992-08-15 2004-05-08
League Division 3 1993 2004 1992-08-15 2004-05-08
League Division One 1889 1992 1888-09-08 1992-05-02
League Division Two 1893 1992 1892-09-03 1992-05-02
League Division Three 1959 1992 1958-08-23 1992-05-02
League Division Four 1959 1992 1958-08-23 1992-05-05
Division Three (North) 1922 1958 1921-08-27 1958-05-01
Division Three (South) 1921 1958 1920-08-28 1958-05-02
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League table information

Historical variations in league table calculations, and treatment in the 11v11 league table generator.

Historic varations at a glance

Points for a win

Until 1981 English Football Association (FA) leagues awarded 2 points for a win.

Starting with the 1981-82 season, 3 points were awarded to encourage more competitive play.

Discriminating point ties

Teams tied on points are disciminated by goal difference or goal average (depending on FA rules in force at the time), then by goals scored.

Goal average

From seasons 1896-97 to 1995-96, FA leagues used goal average (GAve) to resolve point ties.

Goal "average" (actually a ratio, not an average) is the result of dividing goals for by goals against (GF/GA) to three decimal places.

Goal average and zeros

Where GF > 0 and GA = 0 then GAve = infinity (∞), which (perhaps anomalously) gives a team with 10 goals for and 1 against a worse GAve (10/1 = 10) than a team with 1 for and 0 against (1/0 = ∞).

When GF = 0 and GA > 0, mathematically the value of GF/GA is undefined.

When GF = 0 GA = 0, mathematically the value of GF/GA is indeterminate.

11v11 treatment of zeros in goal average calculations

It is unclear how the Football Leagues treated division of or by 0.

For pragmatic reasons, and in the absence of additional information, 11v11 assumes:

  • When GF = 0 and GA > 0, GAve = -GA (favours teams who have conceded fewer goals)
  • When GF = 0 and GA = 0, GAve = 1 (consistent with GF = n and GA = n)

Additionally:

  • When GF > 0 and GA = 0, GAve of ∞ is represented as 100 (cannot sort on ∞)

Goal difference

Goal difference (GD) is the difference between goals scored and conceded (GF-GA), and replaced goal average in FA leagues starting with the 1976-77 season.

When teams remain tied

For some leagues, if ties are not resolved according to the rules in place at the time, relative position is calculated by considering only those matches the tied teams played against each other, applying the same rules to resolve ties. Effectively these matches are treated as a sort of "mini-league".

Alternatively position may be assigned alphabetically by team name.

Playoffs

League playoffs were introduced for the 1987 season.

For the first 2 seasons they were played between teams in adjacent leagues, but from the 1989 season they were played within each league.

Additional information

Resolving points ties prior to 1896-97

There is some uncertainly regarding how points ties were resolved prior to the 1896-97 season. It may have been goal average, or possibly this situation had not previously arisen.

The 11v11 league table generator uses GAve + GF in the absence of any definitive information to the contrary. [if was never an issue, this not needed]

Calculating position before the league ends using goal average

Using goal average makes tie resolution almost impossible for early-season tables.

This is because teams are most likely to tie when only a few games have been played, but will not usually have played the teams they tie with at that stage in the season, making it impossible to use their mutual encounters to resovle the tie.

It is noteworthy that until SSSS league tables were not published until a few weeks into the season, presumably to avoid the problems of resolving early-season points + GAve + GF ties when so few points or goals had been scored.

Users should note these points so that they are able to interpret early- and mid-season tables appropriately.

Historic league details at a glance

League Seasons Win points Tie resolution Playoffs
Premier League 1993 on 3 GD + GF + team name
League Championship 2005 on 3 GD + GF + team name LC
League One 2005 on 3 GD + GF + team name L1
League Two 2005 on 3 GD + GF + team name L2
League Division 1 1993-2004 3 GD + GF + team name LD1
League Division 2 1993-2004 3 GD + GF + team name LD2
League Division 3 1993-2004 3 GD + GF + team name LD3
League Division One 1889-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs One & Two
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name
League Division Two 1893-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs One & Two
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name LD Two
League Division Three 1959-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs Two & Three
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name LD Three
League Division Four 1959-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs Three & Four
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name LD Four
Division Three (North) 1922-1958 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
Division Three (South) 1921-1958 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
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