Robin Round Tournament Format Explained

This is a tournament where each participant plays all other participants both at home and away.

Nickname

The robin-round tournament is commonly referred to as an all-play-all tournament since all teams play one another by the end of the round.

Number of teams

Nearly all Round-Robin rounds consist of 4 teams for most tournaments except national premier leagues.

Table

The results are tabulated in the popular football table according to the points earned per game.

Points

Teams earn points as follows. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.

A Tie

What is a tie in the Robin-Round tournament? A tie occurs when at the end of the Round attain the same points.

Tie Breaker

What happens in the case of team tie-points? First, is goal difference. The team with higher goal difference is declared a winner.

If GD is the same, the tie-breaker involves the number of goals scored. The team that scored more goals is declared the winner.

For example, Team A and B have GD 5 each.

Football Tournaments Playing Robin- Round format

All major national leagued and group stages of major continental competition play Robin-Round tournaments.

Tournaments: Some of the major tournaments using this format include UEFA Champions League Group stages, Europa League group stages, AFCON, and CONCACAF.

Leagues: All national leagues in the world play Robin-Round Format. Popular National leagues include English Premier League (EPL), La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A.

Fairness

Robin-Round is termed as the fairest in football competition especially if compared to a knock-out format.

Why? For two main reasons. First, Round-Robin eliminates chances of luck. Secondly, No prior seeding which critics and fans have accused of favoritism and corruption.

Therefore, in Robin-Round format each team has the chance to play all other contestants at home and away. Seeding has in the past been criticized for brassiness.

Drawback

The major disadvantage of Robin-Round format is time. It takes longer to complete the rounds compared to elimination where half of the teams are eliminated in each match played. However, fairness wins here.

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