What is a Stage?

  • A Stage is a collection of rounds within a Cup.
  • Stages can either be a complete group stage, e.g. one round within a Cup or a collection of rounds in a knockout cup.

A complicated example would be:

  • Stage 1 - 3 knockout rounds 1, 2, 3 advancing to group stages
  • Stage 2 - the group stage (round 4)
  • Stage 3 - the final 4 knockout (rounds - 5, 6, 7, 8).

What is a Round?

  • A round is a section of a Cup stage where teams will play each other to compete. 
  • A group stage can be a round in which entrants compete for a position in the standings.
  • In a round of a knockout cup teams will play each other once or twice and the winners / losers will advance in the Cup in different paths. 
  • In a semi final round for example the winners usually advance to the final.

What is a Tie?

  • A tie is the part of a round where entrants (teams) compete. 
  • In a quarter final round for example there should be four ties. 
  • In each of those ties 2 teams will compete in a single or multiple matches to identify a winner and loser. 
  • A tie in a group stage round is a single group stage, e.g. Group A where 4 teams compete in 6 or 12 matches.

What is a Leg?

  • A leg is a match within a tie. Some tournament structures require teams to play 2 legs (matches) per tie, then the winning team is decided by who won by the combined scores from both matches.
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