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 strategy.
Teams that are not be run by humans, are known as bot teams.
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.
Researching Other Teams
It is always useful to research your next opponent by checking their previous games
there are several useful tools to assist in this and details can be found on the Helper Applications page.