UKU National Series 2021 - Cup Finals & Playoffs Structure

The Playoffs is the part of the National Series competition format where the National Cup and the National League teams meet to compete for the remaining National Championship spots.

For 2021, we will be hosting the Cup finals (1-6) on the same day as the Playoffs (7th-8th August 2021). The exact details of how this will work in practice will be published once we know the final National League standings and the National Cup Quarter-Final and Semi-Final results.


To determine how many Playoff spots are available for contention, we need to review whether there are any declined teams (a team which does not want to take up a qualification spot at Nationals) in each National League division as the finishing position of a declined National League team will affect the playoff structure. 


As we already know the number of declined teams in each division, we have outlined the possible playoff competition structures below. Note, it is the Mixed and Women’s divisions that have two possibilities: 

  1. Where the declined team finishes in the top 3 of the National League division
  2. Where the declined team finishes in the bottom 3 of the National League division

For reference, Cup teams are referred to as C# and League teams as L#. Their number (#) relates to their ranking prior to the Playoffs and game-to-go competition. Also, for clarification, the games listed on the left of each image are the Cup final games (excluding 1v2), followed by the corresponding Playoff games.


Open Division

6 affirmed teams

0 declined teams


Playoffs = 3 league teams (L4, L5, L6) v 3 cup teams (C3, C4, C5)

(L1, L2, L3, C1, C2 have qualified to Nationals)


L4 v [Winner C5 v C6] - [C6 knocked out]

L5 v [Loser C3 v C4]

L6 v [Winner C3 v C4] 



Mixed & Women’s Divisions 

5 affirmed teams 

1 declined team


If a declined team finishes in the top 3 of the League: 

L4 v [Loser C5 v C6]

L5 v [Winner C5 v C6]

L6 v [Loser C3 v C4] - [C3 qualifies to Nationals]


If declined team finishes in the bottom 3 of the League (assuming L6 is declined):

L4 v [Winner C5 v C6]

L5 v [Loser C3 v C4]

If you have any questions on any of the above, please email