College World Series format, explained: How many games, bracket play & more to know about 2022 CWS


The 2022 College World Series is here, the field is just about set and eight teams will vie for the opportunity to be named best in the nation.

The 2022 NCAA baseball tournament has already been wrought with drama: The No. 1 team in the land, Tennessee, was handed a shocking elimination at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the super regional round. 

Arkansas knocked off No. 10-seeded North Carolina in walk-off fashion, punching its ticket to Nebraska. Fourth-seeded Virginia Tech was also sent packing, with Oklahoma moving on after three games.

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Here’s how the NCAA baseball tournament and the College World Series works:

College World Series format

The “College World Series” part is a bit confusing: That part comes later in the process.

In fact, the NCAA baseball tournament should be called something like May Madness. Beginning in May, 64 teams enter the tournament, with the final eight punching their tickets to Omaha for the College World Series.

The College World Series is then contested in a double-elimination tournament, with the winners heading to the College World Series finals. 

The entire tournament breaks down in four, easy (read as: confusing) parts:


The first part of the NCAA men’s baseball tournament is the regional round. All 64 teams are divided into 16 brackets (four teams per bracket), and the teams engage in a double-elimination tournament, meaning a school is eliminated when it loses twice. Teams are seeded No. 1 through No. 4 in each region. 

After that, the 16 victorious teams move on to the…

Super regionals

All 16 of the regional bracket-winning teams advance to the super regional stage. Teams are paired and face off in a best-of-three series. Once that’s completed, the eight winning teams advance to the…

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College World Series

This is when you reach the actual “College World Series” part of the NCAA baseball tournament. The College World Series is split into two, four-team brackets. This part of the tournament is also double elimination.

The top teams in each bracket move on to the…

College World Series final

The top teams from the penultimate stage face off in a best-of-three series to determine the best college baseball team in the nation. 

College World Series bracket

The full bracket for the 2022 College World Series will be revealed on Monday, June 13. 

So far, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, OIe Miss and Oklahoma have made it to the College World Series. The final two teams will be determined on Monday, June 13.

Bracket 1

Team Wins Losses
No. 5 Texas A&M
No. 9 Texas
Notre Dame

Bracket 2

Team Wins Losses
Ole Miss

This section will be updated when the bracket is revealed.

When is the College World Series?

  • Dates: June 17 through June 27
  • College World Series finals: Saturday, June 25 (Game 1)

The 2022 College World Series gets underway on June 17. Super regionals take place the weekend before, between June 10 and June 13. 

The College World Series finals starts on Saturday, June 25 in a best-of-three series. 

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