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The English word league is often used in a different context in Japanese.

It means the same as in English when the word is used for the sports organizations, such as "Central League" and "Pacific League" in professional baseball, "J League" (professional soccer), etc.

However, in other uses, "league" or "league-sen (リーグ戦?)" refers to "round-robin tournament".

Traditionally, major puroresu organizations have annual round-robin tournaments, such as IWGP Championship League and Madison Square Garden Tag Team League in New Japan and Real World Tag Team League in All Japan.