Brackets & Tournament Types

There are several types of brackets and tournament structures that can be used in sports and other competitive events. These formats each have their own rules that can be used to determine a winner that is fair and balanced.

Single-Elimination Bracket

A single-elimination tournament (also known as a knockout tournament or the sudden-death tournament) is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match (or round or game) is eliminated from the tournament. Conversely, the winners move to the next rounds until only one winner is left.


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Double-Elimination Bracket

A double-elimination tournament is a type of elimination tournament where teams (or players) are eliminated after losing two matches (or rounds or games).


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March Madness Bracket

March Madness is a single-elimination type of tournament unique to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament. The tournament is played every spring in the United States and features 68 college basketball teams. It has become one of the biggest annual events in the United States.


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Round-Robin Bracket

A round-robin tournament (or all-go-away-tournament) is a type of tournament where every team (or player) plays against every other team (or player) and accumulates points with every win. The winner of the tournament is the team (or player) with the most points.


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Group Stage Bracket

The group stage type of tournament involves dividing participants into groups where additional rules can apply. In the case of the FIFA World cup, a round-robin tournament within each group determines who moves to the single-elimination round.


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Prediction Barackets

Prediction Brackets allow users to make predictions about the outcomes of individual matches as well as the final outcome of the bracket.

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Brackets with Images

Image Upload Feature Enhances Online Bracket System, Giving Users the Ability to Add Images to Each Participant

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Voting Brackets

A Voting Bracket is a competition where users vote to decide the outcome of each match, displayed in bracket format. Participants with the most votes in each match advance to the next round and compete against the winner of another match.

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