How Many Points Do You Need To Win The Title?


Some all season stats on how many points you will likely need to guarantee winning your division…

Also perhaps worthy of note, is that D1 aside, no team has won the same division title more than once. Obviously that will change as the seasons go on, but gives hope to all those trophyless teams that maybe, just maybe, THIS is the one.

Division One – 91 points

In a division utterly dominated by Barcelona and Bayern, a haul of 95 points would seem to be enough to ‘guarantee’ the title, while most seasons 91 would be enough.

It has been won with less, of course. In Season 1, Manchester United won with just 73 points, although that seems like an anomaly now.

The next lowest is Bayern’s Season 5 tally of 88, which I think is a more realistic ‘minimum’.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 1 1 Barcelona 38 34 3 1 86 22 64 105
2 1 1 Barcelona 38 29 8 1 94 22 72 95
6 1 1 Barcelona 38 30 5 3 92 32 60 95
4 1 1 Bayern München 38 30 4 4 103 29 74 94
3 1 2 Bayern München 38 30 4 4 102 38 64 94
4 1 2 Barcelona 38 28 8 2 94 33 61 92
7 1 1 Barcelona 38 28 6 4 81 35 46 90
7 1 2 Bayern München 38 27 7 4 79 29 50 88
5 1 1 Bayern München 38 28 4 6 78 33 45 88
2 1 2 Bayern München 38 27 4 7 90 41 49 85
6 1 2 Bayern München 38 25 10 3 84 37 47 85

Division Two – 72 points

A notoriously tight and highly competitive division. 79 points would guarantee the title, while 72 points would be enough in most seasons.

Last season, though, Internacional won the title with the lowest ever points tally – 68.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
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5 2 1 Villarreal CF 38 24 8 6 62 32 30 80
2 2 1 Borussia Dortmund 38 23 10 5 70 35 35 79
2 2 2 SSC Napoli 38 23 9 6 87 41 46 78
5 2 2 Atlético Madrid 38 23 8 7 60 35 25 77
3 2 1 Tottenham Hotspur 38 23 7 8 67 36 31 76
3 2 2 AC Milan 38 21 10 7 60 33 27 73
6 2 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach 38 19 15 4 55 31 24 72
4 2 1 Everton 38 22 6 10 49 34 15 72
3 2 3 Borussia Mönchengladbach 38 21 8 9 63 34 29 71

Division Three – 70 points

Another famously tight division, last season was something of an exception, with record points hauls for the top three Hertha, Lazio and Newcastle. 
Prior to that, 70 points would have been enough to secure the D3 title.
The lowest points tally ever to be enough to win D3 was 63, when CSKA won it in Season 5.
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Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
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7 3 1 Hertha BSC 38 23 7 8 71 36 35 76
7 3 2 SS Lazio 38 22 9 7 54 30 24 75
4 3 1 Sporting CP 38 21 9 8 62 40 22 72
6 3 1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 38 19 14 5 53 29 24 71
3 3 1 Aston Villa 38 20 10 8 57 36 21 70
7 3 3 Newcastle United 38 19 12 7 65 44 21 69

Division Four – 69 points

In an average season, 69 points should be enough to be crowned D4 champions.

Last Season’s incredible ‘Division of Death’ produced one of the lowest points hauls for a title winner – just 65 for Standard Liege.

Villarreal won it with even fewer – 61 – in Season 3.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
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4 4 1 Hellas Verona 38 24 7 7 66 30 36 79
6 4 1 Hertha BSC 38 24 7 7 66 36 30 79
5 4 1 Celtic 38 23 8 7 64 28 36 77
5 4 2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 38 22 9 7 57 34 23 75
6 4 2 Leicester City 38 22 6 10 66 34 32 72
1 4 1 Beşiktaş JK 38 21 6 11 71 55 16 69
1 4 2 Sassuolo 38 20 8 10 76 51 25 68
6 4 3 Dynamo Kyiv 38 19 10 9 61 41 20 67
1 4 3 HAMBURGER SV 38 21 4 13 75 65 10 67
2 4 1 Southampton 38 19 9 10 62 40 22 66
7 4 1 Standard Liège 38 17 14 7 50 33 17 65

Division Five – 75 points

Villarreal smashed it in Season 2 with 85 points, but a much more achievable 76 points will almost ‘guarantee’ the D5 title, if history is anything to go by. In fact, 75 points should win the title most times.
Dnipro, who finished second last season with 75 points, actually won D5 in Season 1 with just 66 points, the lowest recorded.
Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
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2 5 1 Villarreal CF 38 26 7 5 67 25 42 85
5 5 1 Hertha BSC 38 22 12 4 66 30 36 78
7 5 1 Celta Vigo 38 24 6 8 67 35 32 78
6 5 1 AS Monaco 38 23 9 6 69 38 31 78
7 5 2 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 38 22 9 7 54 25 29 75
3 5 1 Olympiacos 38 21 12 5 51 27 24 75
2 5 2 Feyenoord 38 22 8 8 62 26 36 74
2 5 3 VfB Stuttgart 38 20 14 4 62 38 24 74
6 5 2 Torino 38 22 8 8 63 41 22 74
3 5 2 Dynamo Kyiv 38 21 10 7 66 38 28 73
4 5 1 Dynamo Moskva 38 20 11 7 54 31 23 71

2 comments

  1. Great analysis David … pretty close to what I came up with when I was leading Wolfsburg in Division 2. I had figured I needed 70 points for automatic promotion and looked at the schedule to see where I needed to get those points – then kept a tally of how I was going game by game! Geeky, but it worked 🙂

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