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    General Contest Rules

  1. Match picks can be made and changed up until the start of the first match in each round. For bracket contest purposes, the start of the first match is the “match time” listed on the bracket page and is not the actual time of “kickoff.” (Note: all times listed are Eastern Time.)
  2. Once a round begins, you cannot make or change any of your picks for that particular round.
  3. Make a pick for each match in this year’s World Cup Tournament — there is a total of 16 matches in 4 rounds.
  4. You cannot view other bracketeer’s picks until a round starts and all picks are locked.
  5. Points Assessment – Awards & Penalties

  6. Points are awarded for each match in 4 ways — by picking the winning team, picking the losing team, picking the goal differential in the match, and picking how the match is decided for any 1-goal differential games.
  7. Picking the Winning Team: you earn +1 point for correctly picking the team that wins the match.
  8. Picking the Losing Team: you are penalized -1 point for picking the team that loses the match.
  9. Match Bonus Points: for each match in which you correctly pick the winning team, you earn bonus points as follows:
  10. Examples & Scenarios

  11. Example #1 – ALGERIA defeats URUGUAY by a score of 5-1 and you picked ALGERIA by a +3 Goal Differential. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +1 point for correctly picking ALGERIA to win the match, but
    • you do not earn any additional Match Bonus Points because the game was decided by 4 goals and you predicted a 3-goal differential.
    • In this example, you earn +1 point for this particular match.
  12. Example #2 – ALGERIA defeats URUGUAY by a score of 2-Nil and you picked ALGERIA by a +2 Goal Differential. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +1 point for correctly picking ALGERIA to win the match, and
    • you earn +2 Match Bonus Points for accurately picking a 2-goal differential.
    • In this example, you earn +3 points for this particular match.
  13. Example #3 – ALGERIA defeats URUGUAY by a score of 3-2 on Penalties and you picked ALGERIA by a +1 Goal Differential in Full-time. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +1 point for correctly picking ALGERIA to win the match, and
    • you earn +2 Match Bonus Points for accurately picking a 1-goal differential, but
    • you do not earn the additional +2 Match Bonus Points because the game was decided on penalty kicks and you predicted it would end in regulation time.
    • In this example, you earn +3 points for this particular match.
  14. Example #4 – ALGERIA defeats URUGUAY by a score of 4-3 in Extra-time and you picked ALGERIA by a +1 Goal Differential in Extra-time. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +1 point for correctly picking ALGERIA to win the match, and
    • you earn +2 Match Bonus Points for accurately picking a 1-goal differential, and
    • you earn an additional +2 Match Bonus Points for correctly predicting the match would be decided at the end of Extra-time.
    • In this example, you earn +5 points for this particular match.
  15. Example #5 – URUGUAY defeats ALGERIA by a score of 2-1 and you picked ALGERIA by a +2 Goal Differential. (How did I do?)
    • You are penalized -1 point for incorrectly picking ALGERIA to win the match.
    • There are no Match Bonus Points awarded when you pick the losing team – sorry Charlie!
    • In this example, -1 point is deducted from your overall accumulated point total.

    World Cup Fútbol Definitions & Terminologies

  16. These fútbol terms apply to this bracket contest:
  17. Bracket Forecast Bonus Points

  18. General Bracket Forecast Rules:
  19. "Quarter-final" Round Projections: bracket forecast points available in the first round are:
  20. "Semi-final" Round Projections: bracket forecast points available in the second round are:
  21. "Final" Round Projections: bracket forecast points available in the third and final round are:
  22. Point Summaries

  23. Point maximums and minimums — each round:
  24. Final Contest Rules

  25. Even if you miss Round 1 picks, there are lots of Bonus Points on the table in each round so “it ain’t over ’til it’s over”.
  26. It’s free so anyone can join…tell your friends to sign up.
  27. Good luck…you’re gonna need it!