Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs. In a random knockout tournament single-elimination without any seedingawarding the second place to the loser of the final is unjustified: Brackets are set up so that the top two seeds could not possibly meet until the final round should both advance that farnone of the top four can meet prior to the semifinals, and so on. Sometimes, contests are also held among the losers of the quarterfinal matches to determine fifth to eighth places — this is most commonly encountered in the Olympic Gameswith the exception of boxingwhere both fighters are deemed to be third place. First Four [t 2]. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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Single Elimination Brackets
Retrieved 6 June Opponents may be allocated randomly such as in the FA Cup ; however, since the "luck of the draw" may result in the highest-rated competitors being scheduled to face each other early in the competition, seeding is often used to prevent this. Earlier rounds are typically numbered counting forwards from the first round, or by the number of remaining competitors. The NCAA originally called the First Four the first round, making the rounds of 64 and 32 the second and third rounds respectively; in it announced that from it would revert to calling the rounds of 64 and 32 the first and second rounds. In one scenario, two "consolation semifinal" matches may be conducted, with the winners of these then facing off to determine fifth and sixth places and the losers playing for seventh and eighth; those are used often in qualifying tournaments where only the top five teams advance to the next round; or some method of ranking the four quarterfinal losers might be employed, in which case only one round of additional matches would be held among them, the two highest-ranked therein then playing for fifth and sixth places and the two lowest for seventh and eighth. Views Read Edit View history. Often it's called the round of sixteenlast sixteenor in South Asia pre quarter-finals.