UEFA European Championship Rules

UEFA European Championship:  An Introduction

The UEFA European Championship is the final round of a competition held every four years. The competition is open to each Union of European Football Association member nations, and nearly two years of playoffs brings the field down to 16 teams.

Tournament Format, and how we play the Prediction game
There are six groups of four teams each, with the top two teams qualifying for single-game knockout play. Each team plays each other once in the group stage, for a total of three games. Your job, in the group stage, is to pick the finishing order of each group as well as the four wild card teams to advance. Your score will be based on how close you are to predicting the correct order and also whether you chose the correct two to qualify for the next round.

In subsequent rounds, your task will be to pick the winning team and the number of goals that will be scored by both teams in each matchup.

Scoring

The Prediction Challenge game is scored out of 500 points:

100     Group Stage
100     Round of 16
100     Quarterfinals
100     Semifinals
100     Finals

The points will be awarded as follows.

Group Stage (100 Points)

Object: Predict the correct order of finish in each of the six groups.

12 points for getting a group in the correct order, less 2 points for each position incorrect (max 72, min 0)
2 points for each wild card qualifiers correct (max 8)
10 bonus points for getting the most qualifiers (top 2 in each group plus four wild card qualifiers) correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting the most groups exactly correct (max 10)

Round of 16 (100 points)

Object: Predict the eight game winners and the scores

5 points for each correct winner, max 40
5 points for each correct result (winner and score), less 1 points for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most results correct (max 10)

Quarter-finals (100 points)

Object: Predict the four game winners and the scores

10 points for each correct winner, max 40
10 points for each correct result (winner and score), less 3 points for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most results correct (max 10)

Semi-finals (100 points)

Object: Predict the two game winners and the scores

20 points for each correct winner, max 40
20 points for each correct result (winner and score), less 6 points for each goal incorrect, (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most results correct (max 10)

Final (100 points)

Object: Predict the UEFA European Champion and the Final Game score

50 points for getting the winner right
50 points for predicting the score correctly, less 15 points for each incorrect goal (min 0, max 50)

Note: Games decided on kicks from the penalty spot

If any of the knockout rounds or Final is decided on penalty kicks, the penalty kicks do not count in the score. The score is considered to be what was achieved during regulation and overtime play.

Tiebreaker

If players are tied at the end of the game on points, the tie will be broken based on the following:

1) Most points in the Final round
2) Most points in the Semifinals round
3) Most points in the Quarterfinals round
4) Most points in the Round of 16 matches

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