Series' rounds

Questions: How are the matches made? Is it a round-robin?

Answer: Normally in a round robin with 16 teams, one match is played against the other 3 teams in the group. In a normal round robin, there is an order to respect following the standing. Since there are 18 and 20 teams participating, TFIM has chosen a format of 3 rounds respecting our desire to have equitable matches for the teams at the top. Teams in the middle of the standings should have equitable matches also. Upsets can happen and should be expected because in the series, teams usually put out their best players; it's a whole new ball game! The Board expects all to enjoy their matches even though their team may not be in the running. Playing your best may make a difference in who goes in the finals. The gold, silver and bronze medals have been given for team performances in the regular season. Congratulations to all! But the true champions of the season will be decided at the finals, even though your standings may not be great, play as if you had a chance. 

in 2020, the matches are preset according to your standing in the regular season. (NOTE: there will be NO DRAW for positions at the captain's meeting)

ROUNDS for a tournament with 18 teams
Round #1   Round #2   Round #3  
1 receive 18 1 receive 11 1 receive 10
2 receive 17 2 receive 12 2 receive 9
3 receive 16 3 receive 13 3 receive 8
4 receive 15 4 receive 14 4 receive 7
5 receive 13 5 receive 6 5 receive 17
6 receive 14 7 receive 15 6 receive 18
7 receive 12 8 receive 16 11 receive 16
8 receive 11 9 receive 17 12 receive 15
9 receive 10 10 receive 18 13 receive 14

 

ROUNDS for a tournament with 20 teams
Round #1   Round #2   Round #3  
1 receive 20 1 receive 11 1 receive 10
2 receive 19 2 receive 12 2 receive 9
3 receive 18 3 receive 13 3 receive 8
4 receive 17 4 receive 14 4 receive 7
5 receive 16 5 receive 15 5 receive 6
6 receive 15 6 receive 16 11 receive 20
7 receive 14 7 receive 17 12 receive 19
8 receive 13 8 receive 18 13 receive 18
9 receive 12 9 receive 19 14 receive 17
10 receive 11 10 receive 20 15 receive 16