This is a tournament where each participant plays all other participants both at home and away.
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.
The results are tabulated in the popular football table according to the points earned per game.
Teams earn points as follows. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
What is a tie in the Robin-Round tournament? A tie occurs when at the end of the Round attain the same points.
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.
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.
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.