Compass Draw Match Description and Match Flow
A compass draw is a relatively new method of tournament draw administration.
In this example, our compass draw will contain 16 participants.
Everyone is guaranteed four matches over the two days (as long as there are 16 participants in the division, i.e. Boys 16’s, Girls 14’s).
The first round will consist of 8 matches among the 16 participants in each division.
The winners go east to the next round, just like a regular draw.
The losers go west, basically like the backdraw in many other tournaments.
Then there is another round of matches among the eight remaining players in the east and the eight players that moved to the west.
The four winners on each side continue going in the same direction.
The losers in the east go into a north division (players that won their first round match, and lost the second).
There are now four players in the north division that will play off amongst each other on day two.
The losers in the west go into a south division (players that lost their first round match, and lost the second).
There are now four players in the south division that will play off amongst each other on day two.
We now have four groups of four players (the four points of the compass).
- East – the four players that have won their first round and second round matches.
- West – the four players that lost their first and won their second round matches.
- North – the four players that won their first and lost their second round matches.
- South – the four players that lost their first and second round matches.
Now we have a semifinal and final amongst the four players left in each compass division. The winners of the semifinal matches play off for the championship in each of the compass divisions.
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