A Series consists of eight teams, which play against each other two times during one season.
Each series belongs to a specific league level, the division. The ultimate goal for a team is to climb all levels and become champion in top division.
Promotion and Relegation
Teams in a series face off according to a pre-set fixtures of 14 matches per team played every week. After 14 week, series is concluded and the promotion ranking, a list of all country's active teams, is created. When teams have the same number of points, the tiebraker is goal difference, next goals scored and eventually a draw.
Last two in list with the least points are directly relegated. Teams placed 5th and 6th have to play playoffs against winners of the division below. The teams from the higher division (5th and 6th placed) play at home.
"Teams in 5th and 6th place will always play demotion qualifiers."
According to A Hattrick where every match matters, editorial announcing qualifiers for all divisions from then on.
|Higher division||Direct/indirect||Lower division|
|Best ranked no. 5||plays||Worst ranked no. 1|
|2nd ranked no. 5||plays||2nd worst ranked no. 1|
|Worst ranked no. 5||plays||No. 1|
|Best ranked no. 6||plays||No. 1|
|Worst ranked no. 6||plays||Best ranked no. 1 of the bottom half|
|Best ranked no. 7||replaced by||Best ranked no. 1|
|Worst ranked no. 7||replaced by||No. 1|
|Best ranked no. 8||replaced by||No. 1|
|Worst ranked no. 8||replaced by||Worst ranked no. 1 of the top half|
|Further information: Division|
Rules are slightly different in divisions below 6: teams placed 1st and 2nd are directly promoted and teams placed 3rd and 4th play qualifier
The top division works differently in that no one can obviously be further promoted, so the champion is enrolled in the National Hall of Fame.
Off-season bot teams removal, which takes place the Monday after the qualifiers, may create additional promotion slots. A number of "Lucky Losers" among the teams who have lost qualification games is drawn to be promoted - it will not be possible to opt out of this draw.