This is a tournament system that is usually used for racquet sports, such as tennis, badminton, table tennis, in which only two or four people participate. However, it can sometimes be implemented for other sports, such as volleyball. Besides, many sports and non-sports tournaments include this elimination system due to its simplicity. For example, card games, boxing, wrestling, computer games competitions, etc.
This is a system in which the participating team is eliminated from the tournament after two defeats in games or matches. The number of participants must be a power of two ( i.e. 8, 16, 32, 64 teams, and so on). All teams are divided into pairs and compete with each other. This tournament is divided into two brackets – an upper and a lower one. Every team who according to the results of the first competition is a winner gets to the upper bracket, while the lost teams go to the lower one. Teams that are defeated twice leave the tournament. Then, the games continue until there is 1 winner left in each bracket. In the final, they both compete with each other.
The main advantage of the double-elimination bracket system is that the effect of “bad luck” is significantly less than in other systems since teams have 2 attempts to demonstrate their strength. Besides, for the same reason, even if the team lost 1 time, it still has a chance to become a champion.
On the other hand, the double-elimination system is complex and time-consuming. It happens because each team has a second chance if they lose, so the number of matches is doubled, requiring more time. This is why it is often used in small-medium-sized tournaments such as intra-school or local tournaments while most large championships prefer not to use it.
Thus, despite some disadvantages that the system has, it has one huge plus. Since this double elimination system reduces the effect of luck and allows each team to demonstrate all their abilities, it is a very fair tournament system (compared to, for instance, a single-elimination one).
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Of course, you can draw these tables by hand. However, for the sake of saving your time, I recommend you to use online Bracket Creator. To make a double bracket for 64 teams you need to create 2 single elimination tournament brackets through this app.
1. Open the page with Bracket Creator and fill the first empty field
Here you need to write a title for your upper bracket. Example: “The Champions”
2. Choose the required number of commands among the suggested options
In this section you will need to select “64”.
3. Select whether your tournament is supposed to be Blind Draw or Seeded
4. Choose what type of layout you need: brackets run to both directions or one
5. Write a text to appear under the tournament winner’s name
6. Click the Next Step button
7. Print out the resulting table
With the help of it, you will be able to fill in the fields intended for the names of participants during the tournament.
This is how your final Winner’s Bracket should look like
This upper bracket will be enough for the first stage of the competition. However, starting from stage two, you will need to fill out the lower bracket as well. To do it, you will need to repeat all the previous steps with some minor changes:
This is how your final Lower Bracket should look like
Now you have two tables for a tournament between 64 teams. All you need to do is fill out the fields with the names of the participating teams, and the form is completed. You can use the form-building software we offer to visitors on our website to ensure the correctness of the document.