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Questions about the scheduling and time arrangement of an event or events in sport. Questions must also be tagged with a specific sport and competition. This tag should not be used for questions about measuring, recording or deciding the timing of a single game or match.

Many sport events must satisfy conditions on the time, place and day on which they occur. These conditions may arise from many sources, such as

  • participant availability

  • venue and staff availability

  • local or national laws

  • local or national or international governing body regulations

  • broadcaster and audience requirements

  • rules about the timing of matches or events, and the time actually taken for each part of an event

Scheduling balances these conditions so that all parts of the event occur. It can be performed on the scale of minutes such as in short events where each game is finished quickly, of months such as in annual competitions that involve several events on a weekly or similar regular basis, or of years such as the Olympic Games and high-level events with a longer return period.

Scheduling can range from ad hoc manual decisions by a single person to tightly controlled automatic processes overseen by committees and groups of people. It may be perfectly determined or involve some level of chance (compare competitions with seeded brackets to those with pools drawn at random, for example).