Weekly Football Phrase: Draw Lots

To draw lots: What can be done to separate two teams when they finish on the same points, they have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals?

(to) Draw Lots

What can be done to separate two teams when they finish on the same points, when they have the same goal difference and when they have scored the same number of goals? In this year’s African Cup of Nations, Mali and Guinea finished on 3 points in Group D after both sides drew all three of their group matches. Only one of the sides could progress to the knock-out stages of this 2015 tournament so the African Organising Committee decided to draw lots in order to choose which of the two teams would join Ivory Coast in the quarter-final. A representative from each federation was asked to choose a ball from a bowl and Guinea ended up qualifying after their representative chose the ‘right’ ball. To Draw Lots

  • Example: Mali and Guinea had to draw lots to decide which of the two countries would go through to the quarter-finals of the 2015 African Nations Cup
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