What does a tournament bracket look like with just six teams? You’ll need a single-elimination 6-team template that you can print out for all the tournament participants and fans so they call can follow along and see a higher view of the tournament field. Our brackets are printer-friendly and come in a couple of formats and layouts.
What to Know About 6-Team Brackets
Tournament brackets with six teams won’t work out as smooth as ones that start out with 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 teams.
That’s because with 6 teams, you could have three games with two teams each in the first round, but then there would be an odd number of winning teams advancing into the second round. That means one team wouldn’t have a match-up going into second round. That would be confusing and a source of problems.
So the typical 6-team brackets has three rounds of games that end with a single champion. Nothing nuts there, but to make the tournament move smoothly, the top six seeds will have first round byes. While the four lowest seeds (#4-6) would have to play into the second round round. 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:
- double elimination version
- 7-team bracket
- 8-team bracket
- 10-team bracket
- 12 team seeded bracket
- 16-team bracket
- empty NCAA bracket
- March Madness brackets
If you’re looking for a double elimination version of a 6-team bracket, we have a couple versions here.
6 Team Bracket Seeding
With twelve teams in your tournament, seeding is a lot more important. As we mentioned above, most 6-team brackets have the top four seeds not having to play in the first round. That means the first round’s top seed is the #3 seed and the lowest seed is #6. We created this table to help you visualize the seeds and first round games (and byes):
And here’s how those seeds look like when placed in the blank bracket.
Bracket Template: Blank, Printable for 6 Teams
Our six team, single-elimination brackets allows you to download the bracket in whatever document format (in landscape) to print out and fill in everything you need with a pen or pencil. To download the printable PDF version of the 6-team bracket, click. To download the bracket already-seeded in PDF is the same link:
If it’s PDF you’re looking for, then first ensure your Adobe Reader is up to date so you can easily view, print and edit our bracket. If you’re like to further edit and customize the bracket, like adding in seeds, teams or logos, dates and times, and locations then please download and the Microsoft Word to properly edit and fill in your tournament’s information. Here’s our 6-team bracket for double elimination tournament format.