League Pre-draft Competitions#

For the draft to take place, an initial order of team managers must be decided. In our league, we typically have a small competition ahead of the draft to determine draft order. Details of the competition change year-to-year and are released after enrollment closes.


The 2022 season followed the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR race. Draft ordering was determined by overall placement of selected drivers, with ties to be broken by number of laps completed, and then by inverse round 1 placement. The final overall draft order was:

  1. Wesley Goar

  2. Susanna Kiwala

  3. Malachi Griffith

  4. Jason Saliba

  5. Erica Barnell

  6. Lee Trani

  7. Alex Wagner

  8. Nicholas Spies

  9. Matthew Cannon

  10. Zachary Skidmore

  11. Obi Griffith

  12. Robert Schuetz

  13. Brian Li

  14. Thomas Mooney


The 2021 season followed the 2020 Olympic Men’s Soccer competition (held in 2021 due to COVID-19). Draft ordering was determined by the Evaluation Rules for Olympic Soccer Competitions. Initial seed for Olympic team selection was determined virtually by random draw. The final overall rankings were:

  1. Erica Barnell

  2. Alex Wagner

  3. Obi Griffith

  4. Nick Spies

  5. Robert Schutz

  6. Jason Saliba

  7. Kori Kuzma

  8. Malachi Griffith

  9. Zachary Skidmore

  10. Brian Li

  11. Lee Trani

  12. Thomas Mooney

  13. Susanna Kiwala

  14. Matthew Cannon (joined after pre-draft)

League Pre-draft Rules#

As the competitions vary year-to-year, our rules for evaluating the outcome of those competitions are specific to the type of event. These rulesets are described below.

Per league discussion, pre-draft competitions will have a consistent 3-phase structure:

  1. An initial computer-randomized manager order is generated for the phase 2 competition.

  2. Managers select representative competitors or teams from a real-world sporting event. Overall representative placement from this event determines manager order for phase 3.

  3. Managers select their preferred position for the fantasy football draft in the order earned in the phase 2 competition.

Evaluation Rules for Olympic Soccer Competitions#

Olympic soccer takes place in several stages. The Group Stage involves two head-to-head competitions with other teams from the same group of four teams. These groups are each ranked, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. Winners at the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals. The two winning teams in the semifinals go on to the finals for first (gold medal) and second (silver medal) place designation, and the losing teams go on to a consolation match for third (bronze medal) and fourth place.

Since many teams get eliminated without a concrete ranking, the following rules are applied to provide a deterministic rank outcome for the purpose of draft order.

Draft order selection is determined by the position or round the team achieved. The first Team Manager in the draft order will have selected the gold-medalist team from the Olympic competition, with subsequent draft positions earned by managers fielding the silver-medalist, bronze-medalist, and fourth-place Olympic teams.

Subsequent Team Manager rankings are determined by the stage in which their chosen Olympic team was eliminated, with teams eliminated in the quarterfinals ranking higher than teams eliminated in the group stage.

Ties among eliminated teams within a stage will be broken by the final rank of the respective eliminating team. For example, in the quarterfinals South Korea is eliminated by Mexico and Egypt is eliminated by Brazil. Brazil goes on to defeat Mexico in the semifinals. The Team Manager selecting Egypt would have an earlier draft position than the Team Manager selecting South Korea, as the team that eliminated Egypt (Brazil) placed higher than the team eliminated South Korea (Mexico).

For teams that are eliminated in the group stage (where there are multiple contests), the tie-breaking team is the top-ranking team in their group stage that they contested. In the event that two Team Managers have teams eliminated in the same group and each has the same designated tie-breaking team, their tie will be subsequently broken by their team’s overall rank in the group stage.