With 22 players, you would need 10 byes in the first round in order to have 16 players for the next round.
You are correct I goofed up the math.
How would you determine:
The 3 players eliminated pre-group stage
The 10 players (from 11 groups) that qualify straight to the Last 8
For the other 12, who plays who?
And for the Europa idea:
The 32 players that make the Champ League
It is possible but the format gets messy. Therefore, I would like to focus on the separate Europa League option. In this format:
The top 16 players based on some ranking system are given automatic CL spots. Depending on the number of registrants, there are one or two rounds of knockout games to determine the final 16 CL spots. All players that do not qualify for the CL are placed in the Europa League.
The Europa League could be further supplemented with players not advancing past the group stage of the CL.
My format would follow the pattern of the actual Champion and Europa Leagues.
This year there are 47 participants. The top 17 would get automatic CL spots. The remaining 30 would play one round of knockout games for the 15 remaining CL spots.
Edited by astros, 18 April 2018 - 05:31 PM.