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How to Make a Multiple Team Weekly Pairing Schedule for a League

Making the Schedule

    Number each team in the league.

    Example: In a league with 10 teams, number each team 1 through 10. In a team with 13 teams, 1 through 13.

    For a hypothetical league with an even number of teams:

    Pair the lowest numbered team (1) with the highest numbered team (40). Continue pairing the teams in this fashion until every team is paired.

    Example: 1/40 2/39 3/38 4/37

    This is the first week's schedule.

    If there is an odd number of teams in the league, follow this example, which uses a league with nine teams:

    Pair the second-lowest numbered team (2) with the highest numbered team (9). Continue pairing teams lowest to highest until all teams are paired.


    2/9 3/8 4/7 5/6 1/bye

    Team No. 1 will have a bye in the first week.

    For a league with an even number of teams: For the second week, each team's opponent is determined by moving one number higher or lower among the roster of teams.


    1/39 2/38 3/37 20/40

    This is the second round of the league's schedule.

    Odd numbered league:

    Insert team No. 2 into the bye spot. Last week's bye team, team No. 1, assumes the position of team No. 2. The league then rotates with each lower-numbered team from the previous week's match moving down a numbered team for the second week.

    Example: 1/8 3/7 4/6 5/9 2/bye

    The bye designation is basically used as the extra team.

    For both leagues, odd and even numbered:

    Follow the rotational patterned described above until the teams return to their original match-ups.

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  • It is always easier to create one master schedule as described above first, and then create smaller subsections such as conference games that require smaller schedules inside a larger schedule.

Things Needed

  • List of teams
  • Calendar or designated planning paper

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