Different Formats for tournaments

3 teams
4 teams
5 teams
6 teams
8 teams
16 teams

Home and away matches (double league system)
1 mini-pitch

3 teams (2 phases)
PhaseMatch
1A - B
C - A
B - C
2B - A
A - C
C - B
4 matches per team

Each team plays the other three teams once (single league system)
1 mini-pitch

4 teams (1 phase)
RoundMatch
11A - B
2C - D
23B - C
4D - A
35B - D
6A - C
3 matches per team

Each team plays against the other four (single league system), one team sits out each round (stand-by)
2 Pitches

5 teams (1 phase)
RoundMatch
11A - B
2C – D
No MatchE
23E - A
4D - B
No MatchC
35C - E
6A - D
No MatchB
47B - E
8C - A
No MatchD
59D - E
10B - C
No MatchA
4 matches per team

(divided into 2 pools of 3 teams) / 2 pitches (single league system) 

1) First phase with two pools of three teams:

Two pools of three teams, each team playing the other two teams.

  • Pool P1 = A, B and C
  • Pool P2 = D, E and F

Solution 1:

Only one match between the teams

6 teams – First phase
PoolMatch
P11A – B
P22D – E
P13C – A
P24F – D
P15B – C
P26E – F
2 matches per team

Solution 2:

Home and away matches

6 teams – First phase
PoolMatch
P11A - B
P22D - E
P13C - A
P24F - D
P15B - C
P26E - F
P17B - A
P28E - D
P19A – C
P210D - F
P111C - B
P212F – E
4 matches per team

2) Second phase:

Two groups of three teams, each team playing the other two teams.

  • Group W: the two winners of pools P1 and P2 + the best second-placed team
  • Group L: the three other teams 
Final Round WFinal Round L
A1st P1D2nd P1 / P2
B1st P2E3rd P1
CBest 2nd P1/2F3rd P2
Final Round - Organisation of Matches
GroupMatch
W1B – C
L2D – E
W3C – A
L4F – D
W5A – B
L6E – F
2 matches per team

(divided into 2 pools of 4 teams) / 2 pitches (single league system) 

1) First phase:

Two pools -> each team plays the other three teams.

Pool 1 - 4 teams
RoundMatch
11A - B
2C - D
23B - C
4D - A
35B - D
6A - C
3 matches per team
Pool 2 - 4 teams&lt&lt
RoundMatch&lt 
11E - F  
2G - H  
23F - G  
4H - E  
35F - H  
6E - G  
3 matches per team&lt&lt

If only one pitch is available, the matches of Pools 1 and 2 are played alternately

2) Second phase:

Two groups of four teams, each team playing the other three teams.

  1. Group W: comprising the top two teams of each pool
  2. Group L: comprising the bottom two teams of each pool
Group WGroup L
A1st P1E3rd P1
B1st P2F3rd P2
C2nd P1G4th P1
D2nd P2H4th P2

Place 1 to 4

Group W - 4 teams
RoundMatch
11A - D
2B - C
23A - C
4D - B
35C - D
6A - B
3 matches per team

Place 5 to 8

Group L - 4 teams
RoundMatch
11E - H
2F - G
23E - G
4H - F
35G - H
6E - F
3 matches per team

If only one pitch is available, the matches of Groups W and L are played alternately

(divided into 4 pools of 4 teams) / 4 pitches (single league system) 

First round: four pools -> each team plays the other three teams once

Pool 1: Teams A, B, C and D

Pool 2: Teams E, F, G and H

Pool 3: Teams I, J, K and L

Pool 4: Teams M, N, O and P

Pool 1 - 4 teams
RoundMatch
11A - B
2C - D
23B - C
4D - A
35B - D
6A - C
3 matches per team

Second round

Two W groups, comprising the top two teams from each pool, and two L groups comprising the bottom two teams of each pool.

Second Round W1Second Round W2
A1st P1E1st P3
B1st P2F1st P4
C2nd P3G2nd P1
D2nd P4H2nd P2
Second Round L1Second Round L2
A3rd P1E3rd P3
B3rd P2F3rd P4
C4th P3G4th P1
D4th P4H4th P2

The matches of Groups L1, L2, W1 and W2 are played alternately

Semi-Finals:

1nd match: Winner of Group W1 against second in Group W2

2nd match: Winner of Group W2 against second in Group W1

Finals:

3rd/4th place match: losing semi-finalists

1st/2nd place match: winning semi-finalists

Duration

The competition formulas, the number of pitches, the number of matches, the level of the players and other factors such as climatic conditions will help the coach-educator to assess the proper time factor in organising tournaments. Here are some indications of match duration in respect to different age groups and game formats.

Game formats6-8 years9/10 years11/12 years12-14 years +
3 v 3 &
4 v 4
2 x 3 minutes
2 x 4 minutes
2 x 5 minutes2 x 5 minutes
2 x 7 minutes
2 x 5 minutes
2 x 7 minutes
5 v 52 x 5 minutes
2 x 7 minutes
2 x 7 minutes2 x 7 minutes
2 x 10 minutes
2 x 7 minutes
2 x 10 minutes
6 v 6 &
7 v 7
x2 x 7 minutes
2 x 10 minutes
2 x 12 minutes
2 x 7 minutes
2 x 10 minutes
2 x 12 minutes
2 x 7 minutes
2 x 10 minutes
2 x 12 minutes
8 v 8 &
9 v 9
xx2 x 10 minutes
2 x 12 minutes
2 x 15 minutes
2 x 10 minutes
2 x 12 minutes
2 x 15 minutes
Resting
time
Half-time: 1-2 minutes
Between matches:
5-7 minutes
Half-time: 1-2 minutes
Between matches:
5-7 minutes
3 v 3 – 7 v 7
Half-time: 1-2 minutes
Between matches:
5-7 minutes
8 v 8 & 9 v 9
Half-time: 5-10 minutes
Between matches:
5-10 minutes
3 v 3 – 7 v 7
Half-time: 1-2 minutes
Between matches:
5-7 minutes
8 v 8 & 9 v 9
Half-time: 5-10 minutes
Between matches:
5-10 minutes