League table

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A league table is a chart, generally published in newspapers, to show the current standing of the participants (teams or individuals) in a sports league or competition. In North America, a league table is often referred to as a standings chart. In the UK, many public-sector industries compete in league tables, including school and hospitals.

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Statistics Included

At the very least, a league table will show the names of the teams and their points total or winning percentage (depending on the sport), sorted in order of points or percentage. However, many league tables show further statistics; these may include:

  • wins
  • losses
  • ties (draws)
  • goal differential
    • goals scored
    • goals allowed (conceded)
  • home/away win/loss records
  • etc.

Usually, if a league is divided into conferences and divisions, the league table will also be. Often, a less specific table is also included. For example, National Hockey League tables will normally have a detailed table for each division, plus a table for each conference showing just the points totals.

Sample league table

As an example, below is the league table for the National Hockey League's Northeast Division, as of March 31, 2004:

Team         GP   W   L   T  OL   GF   GA  Pts
x-Boston     79  40  18  14   7  201  179  101
x-Toronto    80  43  24  10   3  234  204   99
x-Ottawa     79  41  22  10   6  254  178   98
x-Montreal   79  40  28   7   4  201  182   91
Buffalo      79  36  32   7   4  213  210   83

x - clinched playoff spot
y - clinched division championship

In the above table, an "x" placed before a team's name shows that the team has qualified for playoff position; other letters may be used to show that a team is guaranteed first place, has been eliminated from contention and so forth. From this table, we can see that Boston, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal are all guaranteed playoff positions; the absence of a "y" shows that the division championship is still to play for. Meanwhile, because Buffalo has no symbol at all, they are not out of playoff contention, but have yet to clinch a playoff position. (As an aside, Boston wound up winning the division, and Buffalo failed to qualify for the playoffs.) The following day, a new league table would appear in newspapers, updated based on the previous night's games. Of course, the above table would also be accompanied by those of the other 5 divisions in the league.

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