Each club is run by a human manager who is solely responsible for hiring and firing players, staff and coaches, setting the formation and tactics for the competitive matches, and planning and implementing a long term training and economic strategy.
Teams not run by humans are known as bot teams, or simply bots.
The last week is called by many people the 'off-season'. During this week, no league or cup games are played, but a number of updates happen. These include all players ageing by one year, all yellow cards being removed, and the mood of supporters and sponsors being reset.
During this week, the end of season promotion/relegation play-off games happen. These are known as qualification games.
As in real life, in Hattrick's world each team has its own individual name, picked by the user on signing up. While each team has a unique ID number, team names are not necessarily unique and several variants on the same name are always possible, and there are many variants on FC Barcelona, and all kinds of mis-spellings associated with it.
Some team names relate to a real club such as AC Milan, more common are bad puns like Madchester Untied.
To learn more about team names, click here.
Researching Other Teams
It is always useful to research your next opponent by checking their previous games. There are several tools to assist in this. Details can be found on the Helper Applications page.