Pool Play Info

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Ranking Factors

Winning your pool

At the end of the pool games, teams will be ranked on the following factors (in order of priority) to determine the winner of the pool:

  • Points (Teams earn 2pts for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss)
  • For / Against (Based on cups remaining on the table at the end of a match)
  • Head To Head – If two teams are drawn on points and have identical for/against records, the winner of the match between those two teams will advance.

Best of the rest

Even if you do not win your pool you may have a chance to go through to the first knockout round of 64. This will be the case if there are less than 64 pools (i.e. some entrants do not turn up on the day).

The best of the rest will be ranked as follows:

  • Points (Teams earn 2pts for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss)
  • For / Against (Based on cups remaining on the table at the end of a match)
  • In the event of a tie for best of the rest, the team will be decided by a tie-breaker

Tie Breakers

There is a remote chance that there may be a true draw where 2 or more teams in a pool have drawn against each other and have the same points differential. There is also a chance that there are 2 or more second-placed teams that qualify for the best of the rest.  In either of these events, the event organizers will arrange a tiebreaker match.

A tie-breaker match is played in much the same way as sudden death (otherwise known as rebuttal) played in the final rounds. Teams decide by paper scissor rock who will start. Each team has one shot until a team gets the ball in the cup. The opposing team then has a chance to make a cup, if they fail then the team that first shot the cup wins. If the second team also makes a cup then the process repeats until one team fails to make a shot after the other team. Team players must alternate between shots. The final game is played until there is a clear winner.