Tie (draw)

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To draw or tie is to finish a competition with identical or inconclusive results. "Draw" is usually used in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Commonwealth of Nations (except in Canada) and it is usually used for sports such as association football and Australian rules football. In cricket, a draw and a tie are two different things.

In some sports and games, ties/draws are possible, while in others they are impossible.

Resolving tied or drawn matches[edit]

In instances where a winner must be determined, there are several methods commonly used across various sports:

The rules governing the resolution of drawn matches are rarely uniform across an entire sport, and are usually specified by the rules of the competition.


In two-legged matches in which a winner must be determined, extra time is not necessarily employed. If the match is level on aggregate (total) goals at the end of the second leg, some governing bodies apply the away goals rule to determine a winner. Extra time is only played if away goals do not produce a winner. All UEFA (European) club competitions use away goals; by contrast, CONMEBOL (South America) competitions did not use this rule until 2005.
Traditionally, when a draw occurred during a finals or knockout match, the match would be replayed the following week; this practice has been largely abandoned in the past twenty years in favour of extra time. The Grand Final in the sport's highest league, the Australian Football League, is the only notable exception where a full replay is still in use.
Where used, extra time typically consists of two periods, each five minutes long (plus time-on if applicable), with winner being the team ahead after both periods.

Ties in tournament play[edit]

Other examples[edit]

After the election of the Doge of Venice by a committee of 40 was deadlocked in a tie, the number of electors was increased to 41.

See also[edit]


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