FREETAIL 7s – 101

Rugby 101

The Olympic rugby competition (rugby sevens) includes a men’s and women’s tournament.

Mens Pool

The 12 participating teams are divided into three pools of four. Each team plays three preliminary matches, one against each opposing team in its pool. Wins are worth 3 points, draws are worth 2 points and losses are worth one point toward the preliminary rankings. 

Once all pool round matchups have transpired, the top 6 teams based on Pool Points in each group advance to the knockout stage, along with the best two third place finishers. If teams are tied in ranking points, the first tiebreaker is the result of the head-to-head matchup between the tied teams. The top 8 teams will be ranked based on Pool Points and Point Differential.  

Knockout Stages

The single-elimination bracket begins with the quarterfinal round. Teams are seeded as follows:

Cup Quarter Finals

Ranked #1 vs #8
Ranked #2 vs #7
Ranked #3 vs #6
Ranked #4 vs #5

Bowl Semi-Finals

Ranked #9 vs #12
Ranked #10 vs #11

Winners of the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals. Winners of the semifinals advance to the gold medal match, while losers of the semifinals play for bronze. Losers of the Cup Quarter final move the Plate Semi-Final, while losers of the Bowl Semi-Final move to the 11th Place Match.

Women’s Pool – “The Venn”

Freetail 7s has the goal of displaying high level women’s rugby, with that in mind we didn’t want to turn away high level teams, but this caused a few problems when its was time to create the schedule, so we put our thinking caps on and create a process called, The Venn (yes like Venn Diagram).

  • There are 3 Unions (pools) of 3 and 1 Union (The Intersect/pool) of 1 (10 teams total)
  • Every union plays each other and someone else from another union or the intercept. Doing this allows for use to decrease pool play games for the women’s bracket from 4 down to 3 and increase player safety.

Wins are worth 3 points, draws are worth 2 points and losses are worth one point toward the preliminary rankings. 

Once all pool round matchups have transpired, the top 4 teams move to the Cup Semi-Finals.

Knockout Stages

The single-elimination bracket begins with the quarterfinal round. Teams are seeded as follows:

Cup Semi-Finals

Ranked #1 vs #4
Ranked #2 vs #3

Plate Semi-Final

Ranked #5 vs #8
Ranked #6 vs #7

Bowl Final

Ranked #9 vs #10