Blank Tournament Brackets (by teams/sport/event)

So you’re running a tournament and at the point of putting together your tournament brackets. you’ve come to the right website, Interbasket has specialized in brackets for nearly a decade; designing and creating simple, printable and blank tournament brackets that are a breeze to download, view and print out. Read on to download and print blank tournament brackets.

What is a Single-Elimination Tournament Bracket?

A single-elimination tournament bracket matches up the number of teams in several rounds of games until there’s only one team standing. A bracket contains a minimum of four games,, but usually the tournament field contains many more teams. Tournament rounds are determined by the amount of teams – the more teams there are, the more rounds there are.

Number of Teams Determine Opening Round and Byes

Once a field is finalized and properly seeded into the tournament bracket, then the game action can begin.

Depending on the amount of teams, the opening round can be an initial round of play-games where the top seeds receive a bye. From a management perspective, the ideal tournament wouldn’t have play-in games and every participating tourney team would have an opponent from the get-go.

For a better understanding of how the number of teams impact the flow of a tournament, we created this quick reference table. Look at each tournament bracket’s attributes (total rounds, play-in games, etc.) and how that changes depending on the amount of teams in that tournament.

Tournament Bracket Attributes
# of Teams Rounds Play-In Games Seeds w/ Byes Download
4 teams Two None None 4-team bracket
5 teams Three One #1 seed 5-team bracket
6 teams Three Two #1 & #2 seeds 6-team bracket
7 teams Three Three #1 seed 7-team bracket
8 teams Three None None 8-team bracket
9 teams Four One #1-#7 seeds 9-team bracket
10 teams Four Two #1-#6 seeds 10-team bracket
11 teams Four Three #1-#5 seeds 11-team bracket
12 teams Four Four #1-#4 seeds 12-team bracket
13 teams Four Five #1-#3 seeds 13-team bracket
14 teams Four Six #1 & #2 seeds 14-team bracket
15 teams Four Seven #1 seed 15-team bracket
16 teams Four None None 16-team bracket
17 teams Five One #1 seed 17-team bracket
18 teams Five Two #1 & #2 seeds 18-team bracket
19 teams Five Three #1-#3 seeds 19-team bracket
20 teams Five Four #1-#4 seeds 20-team bracket
21 teams Five Five #1-#5 seeds 21-team bracket
22 teams Five Six #1-#6 seeds 22-team bracket
23 teams Five Seven #1-#7 seeds 23-team bracket
24 teams Five Eight #1-#8 seeds 24-team bracket
25 teams Five Nine #1-#7 seeds 25-team bracket
30 teams Five Fourteen #1 & #2 seeds 30-team bracket
32 teams Five None None 32-team bracket
64 teams Six None None 64-team bracket
128 teams Seven None None 128-team bracket

As you can from the above table, how many teams a single-elimination tournament has can simplify or complicate a bracket. If one team drops out, it can have a positive or negative affect on the flow of the tournament. It’s no coincidence that the brackets with 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 teams don’t have play-in games or any byes whereas any other amount of teams between 4-64 will have at least one play-in game and one bye.

Sporting Tournament Events

For the most part, the largest and most popular sporting events are tournaments. We honestly can’t think of any big name sporting event that isn’t a tournament or the culmination/championship game by way of tournament bracket. Here’s several examples of the world’s biggest and most-popular sporting events:

World's Largest Competitions
Event Name Sport League/Org
The World Cup Football FIFA
Super Bowl American Football NFL
Olympics Multi-sport IOC
March Madness Basketball NCAA
NBA Finals Basketball NBA
ICC World Cup Cricket ICC
Rubgy World Cup Rugby World Rugby
Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey NHL
World Series Baseball MLB
Wimbledon Tennis ATP
Ryder Cup Golf PGA
The Masters Tournament Golf PGA
Eurobasket Basketball FIBA
Winter Olympics Multi-sport IOC
The Rose Bowl American Football NCAA