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Single Elimination Tournament Bracket


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8 Team Single Elimination Bracket


8 Team Tournament Bracket


How does an 8 Team Single Elimination Bracket work?



In an 8 team single elimination tournament, the teams compete in a bracket where each match is a knockout game. The winner of each game moves on to the next round and the loser is eliminated. The tournament continues until there is only one team remaining. That team is declared the overall winner.


Bracket Structure:

The 8 team single elimination bracket is made up of 3 different rounds. All 8 teams will play in the first round and no teams will receive byes. When a bracket does not have exactly 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 ,64, or 128 teams, then there must be byes. Byes are awarded in the first round and only the first round.


First Round:

The first round matches can run concurrent or could be played one after the other. The winners of these matches advance to the next round, while the losers are eliminated from the tournament.


Subsequent Rounds:

The second round of all tournaments will always have 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 ,64, or 128 teams left and there will be no byes for the rest of the tournament. The tournament continues until there is only 1 team left.


Number of Games:

In a single elimination tournament, the number of games will always be 1 less than the number of teams. So, an 8 team single elimination tournament will have a total of 7 games.


Tiebreakers (if necessary):

In the event of a tie, there must be a tiebreaker put into place to determine a sole winner of each match. This format ensures that only one team from each match can advance to the next round, and a single loss results in elimination from the tournament. Tiebreaker rules can vary from each sport/game, so it is important to post clear tie-breaker rules before the start of the tournament.


Benefits of a Single Elimination Tournament:

Single elimination tournaments are straightforward and easy to understand. They can be completed relatively quickly, making them popular for various sports and competitions that are short on time. While single elimination tournaments have these benefits, it's important to note that they also have limitations, such as the potential for strong teams to be eliminated early due to a single bad performance. The choice of tournament format depends on the specific goals and nature of the competition.



Blind Draw vs Seeded

A blind draw bracket features teams that are randomly drawn and placed on the bracket in the order in which they are drawn. A seeded bracket is typically used when teams are ranked based on how well they finished during a season or a previous event. The single elimination brackets above are blind draw.