The twenty-four (24) participating teams will be divided into four (4) groups (A, B, C,
D) of six (6) teams each. Each team will play all the other teams in its own group (total
of five  games for each team).
The final standings of each group will be established after the Preliminary Round as follows:
Group A: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
Group B: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6
Group C: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
Group D: D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6
A total of sixty (60) games will be played in the Preliminary Round.
The teams placed 1st-4th in each group will qualify for the Eighth-Finals
The sixteen (16) teams from the Preliminary Round will play direct elimination games as
Game 61: C3 v D2
Game 62: C1 v D4
Game 63: A3 v B2
Game 64: A1 v B4
Game 65: C4 v D1
Game 66: C2 v D3
Game 67: A4 v B1
Game 68: A2 v B3
The eight (8) winners of the Eighth-Finals will qualify for the Quarter-Finals.
The eight (8) losers of the Eighth-Finals will return home.
The eight (8) teams qualified from the Eighth-Finals will play direct elimination games as
Game 69: Winner 61 v Winner 62
Game 70: Winner 65 v Winner 66
Game 71: Winner 63 v Winner 64
Game 72: Winner 67 v Winner 68
The four (4) winners of the Quarter-Finals will qualify for the Semi-Finals (places 1-4)
Game 73: Winner 69 v Winner 70 (1-4)
Game 74: Winner 71 v Winner 72 (1-4)
Game 75: Loser 73 v Loser 74 (3-4)
Game 76: Winner 73 v Winner 74 (1-2)