In the Premier League the standings for the season are usually referred to as the “Table.” In the table statistics tracked include:
|Team Name||Matches Played||Matches Won||Matches Drawn||Matches Lost||Goals scored for the team||Goals scored against||Goal difference||Points total|
Goal difference explained: Goal difference is the difference between the goals scored for and goals scored against. For example, if a team wins a match 3-0 their goal difference is +3 while the losing team’s goal difference is -3. Goal difference is used as a tie breaker in the table at the end of the season. Teams with a higher goal difference win the tie. If 2 teams are still tied on goal difference as well they then move to goals scored as the next tiebreaker. Thus far only one title in the Premier League has been determined through the goal difference tiebreaker. At the end of the 2011-12 season Manchester City and Manchester United finished the season tied on points with 89 points each. Manchester City was crowned champions when they had a superior goal difference of 64 compared to Manchester United’s 56.
These tiebreakers are also used to separate teams lower in the table to determine their standing at the end of the season. This becomes especially important for teams vying for specific positions related to relegation and European tournament placement.