Simple Tournament Brackets


Use this plugin to create simple tournament brackets. It supports single elimination head-to-head tournaments in sizes of 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256 competitors. You can manually set the seeding when the tournament is started. Bracket colors can be modified in the WordPress backend -> Settings -> Tournaments page.

You can display the brackets on any page using the [simple-tournament-brackets tournament_id="$id"] shortcode where $id corresponds to the post_id of the created tournament. The shortcode to use is also displayed for each tournament on the WordPress backend All Tournaments page.

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  • A 16 competitor tournament. The cursor is hovering over Player7 and the brackets highlight Player7’s path through the brackets. Use Simple Tournament Brackets plugin to run 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256 competitor tournaments.
  • Advance competitors through the brackets by viewing the brackets while authenticated as an admin. Hover the cursor over the gear icon to see the match dropdown menu.
  • The WordPress backend All Tournaments list. You can find the shortcode for each tournament here as well as the Start, Reset, and Finish actions.
  • The WordPress backend Start tournament screen. Order competitors here to manually seed the tournament.
  • Easily modify the foreground and background colors for round headers, match, match hover, and the progress bar.


How do I change the colors used on the brackets?

You can select the colors used on the brackets using the WordPress Backend -> Settings -> Tournaments page.

I’m using the shortcode, but I don’t see the brackets. How do I display the brackets after creating a tournament?

After creating a tournament, you must click the Start action on the All Tournaments screen.

How do I change the seeding of competitors on the bracket?

Competitors are seeded in the order entered in the Competitors text area box displayed after clicking Start.


22 February 2024
Nothing else is available that provides the functionality provided by Simple Tournament Brackets. Additionally, when I hit a problem with tournaments not loading the response to the support ticket was quick and after some info back and forth they quickly identified that it was restrictions applied by Solid Security Basic that were causing the problem. Restrictions were removed and back in business quickly. I’ve found larger competitions are a bit slow to load on a page but hopefully that can be improved. I look forward to seeing how this plugin develops. Five stars for support four for plugin performance.
24 January 2024
Used it for a golf league. Works excellent. Would be nice if you could also add a bracket for 3 en 4th place
13 November 2023 9 replies
I tried several test tournaments (on pages and pots) and posted one, and it doesn’t advance when I select a winner. Here’s the page where mines is on: Here’s a short clip of the issue:
27 May 2023 1 reply
Luego de crear el torneo y el fixture, cuando seleccionas el equipo ganador no pasa nada, no funciona
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Contributors and Developers

“Simple Tournament Brackets” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


Change Log


  • Fixed: Matches do not advanced when seeded randomly.


  • Fixed: Blank tournament brackets for new tournaments after 1.1.0 release.


  • New: Added support for random bracket seeding.
  • New: Added support for copying shortcode by clicking on the text in the tournament list.
  • Changed: Improved the error message detail when attempting to start a tournament with invalid data.


  • Fixed: Round headers appear as undefined when displaying more than one tournament on a single page with different number of rounds.


  • The initial release.