2018 World Cup Bracket Challenge



The button above will bring you to the Google Doc which has the latest scores and info. To the left is the ranking, with each person's bracket linked to their name (updated once the Round of 16 starts).

Scoring will be as follows*:

  • 1 point for every team correctly selected out of the Group Stage (regardless of position / result)
  • 1 point for every team correctly placed in the Round of 16
  • 2 points for every correct Round of 16 result
  • 4 points for every correct Quarter result
  • 8 points for every correct Semi result
  • 16 points for correct Final result
  • 4 points for each correct score value in the Final

There are 16 points possible in each round, plus an additional 16 points for generically picking the Group results correctly, and 8 bonus points for the Final score - a perfect score would be 104 points.

We have 32 entries in this year's competition, and once everyone has confirmed their entries, the prize structure will be locked in.

1ST PLACE: $100*
2ND PLACE: $30
3RD & 4TH PLACE: $5

*subject to change before the Round of 16

Let's clear the air: the United States is not in the 2018 World Cup, which is disgraceful and unforgivable. But it doesn't mean that you shouldn't be excited for the next month of football! The tournament starts Thursday, June 14, starting with Russia vs. Saudi Arabia at 11AM (the US broadcast information can be found here). And because we all like a little competition, we're going to fill out brackets with our predictions of who will win! Here are the terms and conditions:

  • Entries must be emailed to Karl Magnuson by 10AM EST on 6/14/18
  • $5 to enter*, one entry per person. Karl will organize payment via Paypal, Square Cash, or Venmo before the tournament starts.
  • The winnings will be distributed based on the number of entries. For example, with 20 total entries, 1st place will get $70, 2nd place will get $20, 3rd and 4th place will get $5. The amounts will be finalized once the entries are locked.
  • Contact Karl with any questions at magnuson.karl@gmail.com

*for those of you who want to do a bracket but don't want to put money down, feel free to submit, but you will not be eligible to win.

Still interested? Good! In that case, here are the instructions:

  1. Download this bracket and fill it out with winners AND scores. READ IT CAREFULLY - the top 2 in each group do not play each other in the round of 16, it is split up a bit more!
    Optional: if you want to go more in depth, this Excel spreadsheet can help. It allows you to actually score each game and will auto-generate teams into the Round of 16 onward. No need to submit the Excel spreadsheet, but feel free to use it to help you fill out the bracket
  2. Scan / send the completed bracket to magnuson.karl@gmail.com by 10AM EST on 6/14/18. Karl will follow up with Paypal, Square Cash, or Venmo instructions.
  3. Watch the games and check back here for updates on the leaderboard!