Orlando Clinches Top 4 Seed for 2016 Postseason
Monday June 20, 2016
Orlando Predators to Host First Round Game
LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2016) – The Arena Football League (AFL) announced today that with Saturday’s 44-34 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks, the Orlando Predators have clinched at least a Top 4 seed for the 2016 Postseason and are guaranteed to host a First Round game. There are 18 total weeks of play and the League is currently entering Week 13.
The Predators are currently in the top spot of the American Conference with a 10-2 record and are also currently No. 1 in the postseason standings based on overall record. Since Orlando holds tiebreaker advantages over Cleveland, Los Angeles and Jacksonville, they cannot fall lower than the No. 4 seed based on the number of remaining games.
The Arizona Rattlers are currently in the No. 2 seed because they have the best record in the National Conference. The Philadelphia Soul are No. 3 and Cleveland Gladiators are No. 4 based on overall records. The Los Angeles KISS are currently No. 5 based on head-to-head with the Jacksonville Sharks, who are No. 6. No. 7 Portland Steel hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over No. 8 Tampa Bay Storm.
· All teams will participate in the postseason tournament format.
· There will be one (1) conference champion and three (3) wild cards in each conference.
· Seeding in each Conference is based on overall record, with the top record in each conference reserved the Conference’s No. 1 seed (overall No. 1 and No. 2, respectively) (i.e.: Team A in American Conference has the top record at 12-4. Team B has second best record in the American Conference at 11-5. Team C in the National Conference has a record of 10-6; Team A earns No. 1 see, Team C earns No. 2 seed and Team B earns No. 3 seed)
o No. 1 and No. 2 seeds: one team from each conference with the best overall record
o No. 3 through No. 8 seeds: best overall records amongst all remaining AFL teams (based on tiebreakers)
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