Competition System


Group Phase

The sixteen (16) participating teams will be divided into four (4) groups (A, B, C, D) of four (4) teams each. Each team will play the other teams in its
own group (total of three [3] games for each team).

A total of twenty-four (24) games will be played in the Group Phase.

The final standings of each group will be established after the Group Phase as follows:
Group A: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A
Group B: 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B
Group C: 1C, 2C, 3C, 4C
Group D: 1D, 2D, 3D, 4D

The team placed first in each group will qualify directly for the Quarter-Finals. The teams placed second and third in each group will play the Quarter-Final Qualifications.

Final Phase

Quarter-Final Qualifications
The eight (8) teams placed second and third in each group at the end of the Group Phase will play direct elimination games as follows:
Game 25: 2A v 3B
Game 26: 2B v 3A
Game 27: 2C v 3D
Game 28: 2D v 3C

The winners qualify for the Quarter-Finals, the losers are eliminated and return home.

Quarter-Finals
The eight (8) teams qualified either directly from the Group Phase or from the Quarter-Final Qualifications will play as follows:
Game 29: A1 v Winner 27
Game 30: B1 v Winner 28
Game 31: C1 v Winner 25
Game 32: D1 v Winner 26

The four (4) winners advance to the Semi-Finals. The four (4) losers play Classification Games for places 5-8.

Semi-Finals and Classification Games for Places 5-8
Game 33: Loser 29 - Loser 30 (Classification 5-8)
Game 34: Loser 31 - Loser 32 (Classification 5-8)
Game 35: Winner 29 - Winner 30 (Semi-Final)
Game 36: Winner 31 - Winner 32 (Semi-Final)

Final, Third-Place Game and Classification Games for Places 5-8
Game 37: Loser 33 - Loser 34 (Classification 7-8)
Game 38: Winner 33 - Winner 34 (Classification 5-6)
Game 39: Loser 35 - Loser 36 (Third-Place Game)
Game 40: Winner 35 - Winner 36 (Final)