Seeded playoffs can be used for tournaments where positioning of teams in the playoff is not based on rankings from a prior phase, but instead based on seeding teams to position them in the first level of the playoff. A Playoff type phase can have up to 4 four levels; Preliminary Final (P), Quarter Final (Q), Semi Final (S) and Final (F). A selection of levels must be made when creating the playoff.
A matrix can be used to populate a seeded playoff, meaning that the winner and loser of games in each level of the playoff will follow the path of the matrix. This type of playoff can be used for grading tournaments or knockout tournaments.
To create a seeded playoff using a matrix
1. Create a matrix
The matrix must be for the required number of teams and levels of the Seeded Playoff and saved as a CSV document. It will contain 5 columns with the following headings:
Game Number - The number of games required to complete the matrix
Round - Represents each level of the playoff (PQSF)
Home/Away - To be completed with either a seed number or a winner/loser of a previous game.
Public Note - This will appear in the published version of the playoff tournament and in SKED Draws & Results public note area.
Note: Fixtures can comprise of icons from any prior round E.g. A winner/loser of round 1 can be selected in a round 3 fixture if required
2. Add a competition in SKED by clicking the +Competition button
Teams will automatically populate the competition if previously created, or can be added in SKED by selecting +Add Team
3. Select +Add Seeding
Rank the teams into the required order with either the drag handles or by adding a seeding number to each team in the Change position column.
- Refer to Seeding Teams
Add the teams to a section by selecting Go or drag and drop them into a section
Note: Teams must be in a section to build a seeded playoff phase
4. Create the Playoff phase with +Add Phase using the following settings:
Phase Type - Playoff
Linked to - Seeding phase
Ranking Type - Seeding
Playoff - Select levels required in playoff PQSF, QSF, SF or F
Preferred Dates, Times and Venues - Add Preferred dates for draw and where necessary edit Preferred times and Preferred venues
Draw Type - Matrix
Choose a previously imported matrix or select +Add Matrix to import a new matrix
5. Select Save
6. Select Add to build the Playoff phase following the chosen matrix
To create a seeded playoff using an Automated Draw Type
Follow the above steps 2 - 6 selecting Draw Type Automated
The Playoff phase will present with the standard playoff format where icons can be dragged into the required format.
Editing a Playoff phase name
If a different name for each level of a playoff is required, the Preliminary, Quarter, Semi and Final phases can be renamed. Select the edit pencil next to the phase name
Rename and save the phase name. This will also automatically update the fixture labels with only the uppercase and numerical characters of the new name
Public notes will be updated to the new fixture label
Note: If public notes had been added to the matrix of a seeded playoff, this would have been overwritten with the new fixture labels
Editing Fixture Labels Individually
Fixture labels can be edited individually using the edit pencil next to each label
Once edited, the new fixture label will be inherited in winner/loser labels in rounds to follow.
Editing a matrix before games are played
A Matrix can be changed before games have been played by going to Phase Settings and selecting Draw Type and then the matrix settings cog
A warning will be presented. Any changes made to the matrix will be reflected in the draw once saved.
Manual editing once tournament is underway
If changes are required once games have been played, fixture icons can be dragged into new positions to modify the upcoming rounds. If the draw has been added to the calendar, it will need to be removed prior to rearranging icons.
Results can be submitted via the scoring app if in use or manually added in SKED Draws & Results. Once a result is submitted the fixture icons of the next phase will automatically populate with team names.