A game or match is a single outing between two clubs.
- Main article: Tactics
- Main article: Formation
Just like in real football teams can choose their line-up.
The standard line-up in Hattrick is 4-4-2,but many other line-ups are possible.
These include: 3-5-2, 4-3-3, 3-4-3, 5-4-1, 4-5-1, 5-3-2, 5-2-3, 5-5-0 and 2-5-3.
- Main article: Match report
Ratings give information about the teams preformance in a match.
The match report shows all the game events (Examples: goals, injuries, cards).
For an ordinary Hattrick team, competitive matches include all league, qualification, and cup matches. Friendlies and friendly cups do not count as competitive matches, though they are important for the development of a team. For national teams, competitive matches include all World Cup qualification and World Cup main stage matches.
Competitive matches are also reffered to as official matches.
A League Game is a competitive match between two teams from the same league. League matches occur on match days, which usually occur on Saturday or Sunday. 100% of the income from league game ticket sales goes to the home team. Each season, every team has seven (7) home and seven (7) away matches.
League games can end in a tie.
A Cup Game is a competitive match between two Cup opponents. Cup games occur on friendly days, which are on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. A cup match is not a friendly with cup rules, but rather part of a tournament hosted by the nation your team plays for.
The Cup rankings and tournament are set before a season begins and are based on results from the previous season. Teams are ranked, starting in the top division on down. Rankings for the cup never change during the season.
Order of play is:
- #1 plays the lowest
- #2 plays the second lowest, and so on.
The lower ranked of the two teams is the home team. 67% of the income from cup game ticket sales goes to the home team; 33% to the away team. Every country in Hattrick has a Cup and most countries give the opportunity for teams from every league level to earn a cup spot, though teams in the bottom divisions need a strong finish. Cup matches never end in a tie. A penalty shoot-out automatically ensues if the teams are tied after regular time. A loss in a cup match eliminates a team from the tournament.
Users participating in a Cup tournament are unable to schedule friendlies while they are participating.
A qualifier is a match played during week fifteen (15) of each season. The match is played to determine which teams will qualify and be promoted to the next division and which teams will be relegated to a lower division.
- For more information, see: qualifiers
Any game that is not a competitive match is a friendly. The main point of friendlies is to maximise training, or keeping your substitutes in a hopefuly better form. There is also a small amount of ticket income. It is rare to spot friendlies with over 5.000 spectators, even among teams from the top divisions.
- For more information, see: friendly
National Level Matches
- For more information, see: national team
- For more information, see: World Cup game
- For more information, see: National Team friendly