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How do I Create and Manage a Free Knockout Football Tournament Online Using Kwiki Football

1. Tournament Format Selection

  • Go to the page Create new Tournament
  • Determine the format of your tournament, in Kwiki this step is as easy as selecting the option "Knockout (Brackets)" option and selecting the number of participating teams. Kwiki helps you by offering you only options that gives a balanced and fair tournament.
  • A random team name from the participating national teams in the World Cup 2022 are automatically assigned to each team of the knockout tournament. Any team name can later be changed directly from the administration page by clicking the team name in the bracket.

2. Draw and Bracket Creation

  • Kwiki automatically conducts a draw to determine the matchup for the first round of the tournament.
  • Kwiki creates a tournament bracket that visually displays the matchup and progression of teams through each round. Based on the number of participating teams the correct number of rounds are created:
    • 2 teams - Final Round
    • 4 teams - Semi finals and Final rounds
    • 8 teams - Quarter, Semi and Final rounds
    • and so on...

3. Scorekeeping, result reporting and standings tracking

  • Decide if you alone or a set of trusted persons (for example the captain or leader of each team) should be responsible for keeping scores. All persons administrating the tournament need to be given the link to the admin page.
  • The persons use the administration page to update the score in real time during the games using the number inputs next to each team and to lock-in the results when the final whistle is blown by clicking the lock icon.
  • Kwiki maintains the brackets up-to-date at all time throughout the tournament to track the progress of each team. Even when the games are ongoing preliminary advancements to the next round are shown in the admin and the public tournament pages. Once the results are locked-in for all games in the round the definitive qualifying teams to the next round are decided.
  • Any person (players, organizers, referees, audience and other interested) can follow the tournament in real time using the tournament public link.

4. Tie-Breaking Procedures

  • In the single elimination knockout that Kwiki offers each game has to end with a winning team. It is up to the organizer to decide the winner in case of a tie at the end of the game.
  • The generic recommendation and the tie-breaking rule of a knockout game in the Football World Cup 2022 is to add two overtime halves (of 15 minutes) and in case the winner is still undecided, penalty shoot out. But tournament specific time and venue constraints need to be considered.
  • Kwiki does not store or show full time, over time and/or penalities results apart. So to lock-in the game the final score of each team needs to be the sum of the scores in all tie-breakers.

5. Deciding a tournament winner

  • The winner of the last round, the final, is the winner of the tournament. Kwiki does not offer a match for third place so the the 3rd position is decided based on which team lost against the tournament winner in the semifinal.