Enter the team’s score and opponent’s score into the calculator to determine the score differential. This calculator can also evaluate any of the variables given the others are known.

Score Differential Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the score differential in a game.

SD = (TS - OS)


  • SD is the score differential TS is the team’s score OS is the opponent’s score

To calculate the score differential, subtract the opponent’s score from the team’s score. The result is the score differential.

What is a Score Differential?

A score differential is a statistical measure used in sports to determine the difference between the points scored by a team and the points scored against them. It is calculated by subtracting the total points scored against a team from the total points they have scored. This metric is often used to evaluate a team’s performance and dominance over their opponents. A positive score differential indicates that a team scores more than it allows, while a negative score differential suggests the opposite.

How to Calculate Score Differential?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Score Differential.

  1. First, determine the team’s score (TS).
  2. Next, determine the opponent’s score (OS).
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = SD = (TS – OS).
  4. Finally, calculate the Score Differential.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

team’s score (TS) = 75

opponent’s score (OS) = 62