There are 64 in a soccer tournament. Each team plays until it loses one game. There are no ties. How many games are played? You may want to draw a diagram to look for a pattern.

1 Answer
Dec 16, 2016



If there are no ties, every time a game is played, one of the teams loses and gets knocked out. So when finally there is one team left (the champion team), 63 games have been played.

Alternatively, you can also do it this way :

In the first round, 64 teams play 32 games.
In the second round, 32 teams play 16 games.
In the third round, 16 teams play 8 games.
In the quarter finals, 8 teams play 4 games.
In the semi finals, 4 teams play 2 games.
And in the final round, the remaining 2 teams play 1 game.

Thus there are #32+16+8+4+2+1 = 63# games played by the 64 teams.