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How to make a tournament draw sheet

Updated February 21, 2017

When organising a tournament event, an easy-to-read, and easy-to-understand, draw sheet is essential. Fortunately, Microsoft Excel makes it ease to create a clean and professional bracket to keep all spectators up-to-date on the latest results.

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  1. Create the first opening round match of the tournament by selecting and highlighting a cell on the left-hand side of the worksheet and the cell immediately below it. Select "top and bottom border" and "right border" from the borders toolbar.

  2. Repeat Step 1 beneath the first pairing, creating one bracket for every two participants or teams. Leave two cells between matches to create an aesthetically pleasing look as well as to make drawing brackets for later rounds easier.

  3. Create the second round of the tournament by repeating the process from Step 1 in the second column, with the new bracket extending from the middle of the first opening round match to the middle of the second opening round match. Repeat this step until all winners from round one have a second-round match.

  4. Continue narrowing the field with these steps until the championship match has a bracket. Click the cell in the column directly right of the championship bracket that has its bottom level with the centre of the championship bracket. Select "bottom border" from the borders toolbar.

  5. Create a losers bracket beneath the winners bracket if your tournament will be double elimination. Introduce new teams into the losers bracket when the number of teams remaining in the losers bracket equals the number of losers from the winners bracket. The winner of the losers bracket must defeat the undefeated winners bracket champion twice to be victorious.

  6. Enter the names of the tournament's participants in the opening round of the draw, if desired.

  7. Print out your bracket.

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Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Printer

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