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2018-02-24 08:00:00 CET

Shake up to this season’s Pool Play!

Introducing a twist to the Beach Majors Series group stages

Saymon Barbosa, a winner in Fort Lauderdale last year, will hope to get into the new Pool Play formatSaymon Barbosa, a winner in Fort Lauderdale last year, will hope to get into the new Pool Play format

It’s Pool Play but not as we know it! For the eagerly anticipated 2018 Beach Major Series we’re shaking up the pool play – starting with the Fort Lauderdale Major!

Each group will continue to contain four teams, but the small but significant change will see each team play just twice instead of the usual three – meaning one less demanding match for the beach elite.

How does it work?

It begins with the the top seeded team playing the lowest ranked pairing in the group, and the second- and third-seeded teams in the pool meeting each other in the first round of matches, called the Pool Opener.

The winning teams from both games will then face-off for the right to be named pool winners to secure a place in the second knockout stages in the Pool Showdown, with the losers of that match guaranteed a place in the first elimination round. 

The losing pairs from the opening matches then go head-to-head for the right to stay in the tournament in the Pool Survivor. The winning team from that game advance to the first elimination round while the losers are sent home having lost both of their matches.

When does it start?

The modified pool play system was introduced last season on the World Tour but it will make its Beach Major Series debut in the opening tournament of the 2018 season – the Fort Lauderdale Major – which runs between February 27 and March 4.

VIP tickets, medal match tickets and special fan travel packages are now available to purchase online – so what are you waiting for? The action starts on Tuesday – sign-up to BeachStream to watch all the action live!

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