Is the following sentence acceptable?

Matches are played three v. three. In the first hundred matches, teams are randomly paired.

Can "paired" be used in this case, since it is 3 teams that are being put together?

EDIT: There seems to be a little confusion on what I'm trying to describe here. The game is a robotics competition (FIRST Robotics Competition). Teams of up to 50 people each build a robot and bring it to a competition. The matches are played 3 robots vs. 3 robots. In the first hundred matches, the 3 robots on each alliance are randomly paired.

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    You misunderstood. The teams are being paired, not the players on each team. Pair is only ever for two things.
    – Mitch
    Oct 14 '17 at 17:54
  • @Mitch Right, that is what I meant. The word "pair" refers to 2 objects, no? So can it be used when we are talking about three teams?
    – Jay S.
    Oct 14 '17 at 17:56
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    No, pair cannot be used for a (strange) game where 3 teams play together. What you're supposed to understand from the two sentences is "Matches (between two teams) are played three (players) v. three (players). In the first hundred matches, teams are randomly paired."
    – Mitch
    Oct 14 '17 at 19:19
  • Why not remove the difficult contextualising here? Three-team football matches seem to have not really caught on (I believe they were trialled in Ireland). I'd suggest 'Can we say "A suspect card, a room card and a weapon card are hidden without looking at them in the envelope. There are, of course, many possible pairings."?' And the answer is 'No'. Oct 14 '17 at 21:50
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    No' you can't use 'paired'. Use 'grouped'. Oct 16 '17 at 9:03

Try something like this:

"Matches are paired three against three, the teams being randomly picked in the first one hundred matches."

The problem was the order in which you were stating them. Try swapping "three v three" "First hundred matches" and "teams are randomly paired" around until it flows right

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