Is there a word that signifies regular plus post-season games in sports? For instance, in American football, there is a pre-season consisting of games that do not count towards any league standings. Then there are regular season and post-season games, both of which determine overall standings for the year. Is there a single word to describe regular and post-season games taken as a whole? I considered "official" games but I'm not sure that captures it. "Meaningful" seems a bit vague since a game between two teams completely out of contention is sometimes considered not meaningful. The intent is to separate the games into two groups, "pre-season" and all other games that count towards the season standings.
I'd be inclined to call them 'competition games' or 'competitive games'.
This might still be ambiguous depending on the sport, i.e. in soccer it's common to have a separate knockout tournament (the 'cup') which is a competition on its own, as opposed to the 'league' competition which determines the country champion. In such a case, 'league games' might be sufficient to distinguish them further.