Printable 32 Team bracket (single-elimination tournament)

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Congratulations for putting up a successful tournament with 32 participating teams. That’s quite a turn out. Obviously you’re here for a printable 32-team bracket for your upcoming sports tournament.

Our thirty-two team printable brackets were created with 32 tournament teams in mind as well as single-elimination and five full stages of exciting games that will come down to one champion. Our blank tournament brackets are not only printable, but come in blind draw and seeded; the latter of which is fillable and customizable.

Why a 32-Team Bracket?

The most famous 32 team bracket is the one during the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.

The Round of 32 is the third round of the play after the initial field of 68 teams is trimmed down to a still-healthy 32 teams. The Round of 32 is then followed by the Sweet Sixteen which represents the half the remaining teams.

Having a starting point of 32 teams is a clean way to run a tournament. That way, all teams start out with a match-up and doesn’t require a play-in game or byes to top seeds. As you can see from the bracket, with 16 teams and 8 games on either side of the bracket; it gives all the tournament teams an opponent in each of the 16 games of the first round of action.

After that first round, the sixteen remaining teams advance on. If you’re looking for a 16-team bracket, we have those too..

As we’ve preached, we recommend capping tournaments at one of the following number of participating teams: 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 teams. That’s so there’s no additional, potentially subjective, decisions in regards to seeding, etc. In a 32-team field, half the teams are eliminated at each round up until there’s only one undefeated left.

Another way of looking at the 32-team bracket is the 32-16-8-4-2-1 format. The numbers not only refer to the amount of games that will be played in the single-elimination format, but the indicates how many rounds of play there will be (5) before crowning the undefeated tournament champion.

How do I Seed 32 Teams?

With a 32 team bracket, you will seed each team from the best team (#1 seed) to lowest seed (#16 seed) on both sides of the bracket. It’s essentially a 16-team bracket mirrored on two sides.

We created a table to help you visualize the seedings:

First Round Seeding: 32 Team Bracket
High Seed vs. Low Seed
Seed #1 vs. Seed #16
Seed #2 vs. Seed #15
Seed #3 vs. Seed #14
Seed #4 vs. Seed #13
Seed #5 vs. Seed #12
Seed #6 vs. Seed #11
Seed #7 vs. Seed #10
Seed #8 vs. Seed #9

You seed exactly like this twice; for both sides of the bracket.

Printable 32-Team Bracket in PDF, Word and JPG

Our blank 32-team, single-elimination bracket gives you the option to download and print the bracket in whichever format you want to print out and populate teams, seeds, etc. with pen or pencil. To download our printable blank 32-team bracket, click.

If it’s PDF you want then please download the more-updated version of Adobe Reader so you can open, view, print and edit our 32-team bracket. Click here to download. If you’re like to edit and customize the bracket, like adding in seeds, teams or logos,  dates, times, and locations then please download and the Word document version to edit and populate your tournament’s information.

Here’s some other tournament bracket you can look at to get a better sense of how the number of teams impacts how the bracket functions:

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