FIFA World Cup Tournament Bracket 2018
|How the World Cup Tournament Works|
The FIFA World Cup tournament is played every four years and is made up of 32 teams from all around the world. The tournament is broken up into two different stages:
The first stage being the group stage or the qualifying stage. The teams are broken up into 8 groups/pools lettered A through H, with each one of the groups having 4 teams. Each group will play a Round Robin Tournament, which simply means each team in a group will play the other 3 teams in that group 1 time. Here is the 2018 World Cup Group Stage Schedule.
The second stage is the knockout tournament also known as a single elimination tournament. Only the top 2 teams from each group advance to the knockout tournament. Similar to a March Madness Bracket, if you win, you advance, if you lose you are eliminated.
There is also a consolation game to decide 3rd and 4th place. For dates and schedule of the tournament check out When does the World Cup Start article.
There are 4 rounds to the tournament, so begin be creating a scoring system. Something along the lines of:
1st Round - 1 Point
2nd Round - 2 Points
3rd Round - 4 Points
4th Round - 6 Points
You can also include the 3rd place game for some bonus points!
Distribute the bracket to family, friends, and coworkers having them fill out the bracket with they teams they think will advance through the bracket. Be sure all brackets are turned in before the first game.
There should be a tie-breaker in place, in case two or more participants have the same point total at the end of the tournament. For this pool I like to use the total goals scored in the entire tournament.