To assign points based on win/loss/tie results for a team, you can use a simple VLOOKUP formula, or a nested IF formula, as explained below.

In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:


Generic formula



This is a very simple application of the VLOOKUP function set for "exact match":

  • lookup value comes from C5
  • table array is the named range "points_table" (F5:G7)
  • column index is 2, since points are in column G
  • range lookup is 0 (FALSE) to force exact match

Because we are using VLOOKUP in exact match mode, the points table does not need to be sorted in any particular way.

VLOOKUP is a nice solution in this case if you want to display the points table as a "key" for reference on the worksheet. If you don't need to do this, see the nested IF version below.

Nested IF version

To calculate win/loss/tie points with the IF function, you can use a simple nested IF:


See this article for a detailed overview of nested IF formulas.

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