Plan your tournament
Choose event formats
The most popular formats are: singleelimination, doubleelimination and poolplayoff.
Single elimination
Pros: Simple. It is simple for both players and management. Have relatively fewer matches.
Cons: "brutal". Players is eliminated by one mistake.
Double elimination
Pros: Every player has second chance to stay in tournament.
Cons: Management is more complicated than singleelimination format. There are more
matches, so needs more resource from facilities.
Poolplayoff
Pros: More fair for players: one or two mistakes can be 'forgiven '. Have most number
of matches among these three formats.
Cons: Management is the most complicated among these three formats. Has the most number
of matches among these three formats.
Using Acelet software, the complicity of management is not a big issue. So you can focus
on other issues when you choose tournament formats. With automatic court and match
queue management, the courts' usage is efficient, so you can use fewer facilities to
hold bigger tournament.
Number of matches for different formats
The following table tells you how many matches for each format and size of draw.
Note: if your registration is not full, there will be some 'byes'. In that case,
the number of matches will be smaller.
Size of draw 
Single elimination 
Double elimination 
Pool 1  playoff 
Pool 2  playoff 
Pool 4  playoff 
Pool 8  playoff 
2 
1 





4 
3 
3+1=4 
6+1=7 



8 
7 
7+5=12 
28+1=29 
12+2=14 


16 
15 
15+13=28 
120+1=121 
56+7=31 
48+7=56 

32 
31 
31+29=60 
496+1=497 
240+3=243 
128+7=135 
48+15=63 
64 
63 
63+61=124 




128 
127 





Note:
 In the above table, if there are two parts of a format, the result
is consisted with three numbers. The last number is the total number of
matches. For example, for example, if size of draw is 8, for double
elimination, there are 7 matches in winner bracket, 5 matches in
loser bracket, so the total number of matches is 12 (the one after the
equation sign).
 In the above table, the empty cell means not supported.