Hello, my first post

Really hoping someone can help, I can't for some reason get my head around what I am trying to work out.

If a competition has 8 levels to it, each level has 10 teams competing in it and depending on the level, the teams in each level will either progress to the next round, repeat same level again, drop back a level or be knocked out completely.

If I am correct with even this, then it would require 18,750 level 1's to be run in order to complete one final of 6 in level 8?

Level - - Levels Needed

1 - - - - - - 18,750

2 - - - - - - 9,375

3 - - - - - - 1.875

4 - - - - - - 375

5 - - - - - - 75

6 - - - - - - 15

7 - - - - - - 3

Final of 6

If that is even correct then I am getting there, but with each level that is run also automatically assigning teams either to the next, same or previous levels, I know this is very likely going to influence the numbers I have, my head is just not able to get around it

I got that far in attempting to try and work out how many of each level would actually need to be run, essentially and most importantly, how many teams would need to pay an entry at level 1 in order to get enough players to qualify through the system and get 6 qualifiers to play the final level?

Hope that makes some sense and really hoping someone can help?

Thanks