I'm creating a webpage for placing bets on all matches of the upcoming Euro 2012 football tournament. Need some help deciding what approach to take for the knockout phase.
I have created a mockup below, which i'm pretty satisfied with when it comes to storing the results of all "known" group stage matches. This design makes it very easy to check if a user has placed a correct bet or not.
But what is the best way to store the quarter and semi finals? Those matches depend on the outcome in the group stage.
One approach I thought of was adding ALL matches to the
matches table, but assign different variables or identifiers to the home/away teams for the matches in the knockout phase. And then have some other table with those identifiers mapped to teams... This could work, but does not feel right.