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The Men's Roller Derby World Cup is coming up in just under two months. Teams are getting ready, the tournament directors are putting last minute touches in place, and fans are still buying tickets. The streaming crew are putting the system together to bring the action to computers all around the world!

But how will one team win the tournament? How does the tournament work?

1) The tournament starts with a round-robin group stage. Teams are placed into one of four groups, originally of four teams each, and play half-hour bouts against the rest of their group. As one team dropped out, unfortunately one group is down to three teams, but their structure will stay the same.

2) Teams are ranking within their groups by wins/losses, and points difference are used as a tiebreaker. The top two teams from each group go to the knockout rounds for the cup. The remaining teams go into the consolation knockout rounds for the bowl.

All of this will be done by the end of the day on Friday.

3) The knockout bouts are all full-length. Pools are randomly drawn to face each other, and teams that lose in the quarterfinals of the cup knockout go to the plate semifinals. Teams that lose in the quarterfinals of the bowl go to the jug semifinals.

All quarterfinals and the jug and bowl semifinals take place on Saturday. Cup and plate semifinals are on Sunday morning.

4) The finals for all four trophies will be full-length bouts, preceded by skate outs and anthems. Besides the four finals, the teams losing the cup semifinals will play for 3rd place.

After all these bouts have been played, both round-robin and knockout, we'll know the Men's World Cup champion. As well, we'll have three more finals, the jug, bowl, and plate, in increasing order of prestige.

With that explained, I hope you're ready for the Men's Roller Derby World Cup, the world tournament recognized by the Men's Roller Derby Association as the world championship.

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