A team is the virtual football team one owns and manages in Hattrick. It consists of a number of virtual football players, usually between 20 and 30 (maximum 50). The manager chooses a formation with 11 of these players (10 outfielders and 1 keeper) for each game, plus 5 substitutes (forward, midfielder, winger, defender and keeper substitutes).
Each player has an individual name and ID, along with its current age, and is made up of assorted skills, personality, form, experience and specialties. He'll also have an ideal position, but you'll need to work that out through experience!
One of the attributes of a player, is the current age of the player. Since the beginning of season 33 (late july-07) player birthdays are individual, and one HT-year is 112 days. Before this was implemented, every player had their age updated every season on the Monday immediately before the first round of cup matches. So back then, every player in Hattrick had the same birthday.
Form is one of the most important characteristics for any player, determining how well he is able to use his skills. You'll note that a good player who is out of form will often be outperformed by a not so good player at the top of his game.
Some players may not have the greatest abilities, but their knowledge of the game more than makes up for it. Thus, old and experienced players often play much better than their younger, greener colleagues.
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Some of the players in Hattrick have specialties that differentiate them from other players. A player may have only one specialty, and no more.
Player's specialties are also affected by the weather, for example a Quick player will not play as well as he could in wet and rainy conditions. Also players that have Head as their specialty will be better at scoring headers/clearing headers than another player that does not have the Head specialty.
Finally, a player also has four personality characteristics, leadership, agreeability, honesty and aggressiveness.
Injury and Suspension
All this is well and good, but sometimes a player isn't able to play...
For more information, see Injury.
Yellow and Red Cards
Players may get booked or sent off during games. Two bookings during a match will automatically lead to the player being sent off. Bookings and Sending-Offs during competitive games eventually lead to a suspensions. A player will be suspended for the next (competitive, cup or league) match if he is sent off, or if he has accumulated 3 bookings during a season. This is shown by a red card symbol on the player page. You can also see how many yellow cards have been received so far. At the end of the season all cards are cleared.
Whilst a player can receive cards during friendly matches, they have no other effects than those seen during the game.
Highly aggressive players will tend to be booked more often than other players. Especially if they're also dishonest or lacking in experience.
Players who are sent off still receive credit for appearing in the match for training purposes; if a player is sent off in a league match, it is not necessary to also play him in the midweek match.
Players do not voluntarily retire from Hattrick. They always assume that they can continue to play and be useful to the club! When a player's skills have declined so much so that he is of no further use to the club and he is of no value as a transfer (or when a player suffers a career-ending injury), he may be fired or retired to the club's Hall of Fame. A fired player is not remembered by name — if you attempt to visit his page, you will find only an impersonal note about where the player was last seen. Occasionally, a fired player will be recycled as an externally-recruited coach.