Format and Event Regulations
The FIVB Beach Volleyball Seoul Challenger is a Women's event.
The Main Draw tournament of 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Seoul Challenger will be played in two phases; the first phase of pool play and the 2nd phase of 16 teams single elimination. The Qualification Tournament, if any, will be played in a single elimination format.
-24 teams in the Main Draw will be seeded in a serpentine system as per their ranking points and be seeded into 8 Pools (Pool A-H) with 3 teams in the pools. It will be possible that 2 teams from the same country will be in the same pool, however, 3 teams from the same country can't be seeded in the same pool. Whenever such a scenario happens, the seed of the lowest seeded team from the same country will be reduced until the pool composition is valid. For example: if 3 German teams are in pool G with Seed #7, #10, #23, then the #23 seeded German team will be reduced to seed 24.
-In case there are less than 24 teams in the Main Draw, then the pool with top seeded teams will get a bye and there will be 2 teams in these pools. For example, if there are 23 teams, then Pool A will have 2 teams (Seed #1 and #16); if there are 22 teams, then Pool A will have 2 teams (Seed #1 and #16) and Pool B will have 2 teams (Seed #2 and #15), etc.
- The top 2 ranked teams of each pool will advance to the 2nd phase of elimination (round of 16). The top ranked team will be automatically seeded #1 - #8 in the bracket of 16, while the 2nd ranked team of the pools will be drawn to be seeded #9 - #16. However, teams from the same pool will not meet in the round of 16.
In case of exceptional circumstances due to one country having more registered teams than another, additional seeding regulations may apply in order to ensure that the pools are evenly distributed.