Each team (or club) is managed by a human player who's responsible for hiring and firing players, staff and coaches, setting formations and tactics in matches, planning and implementing a long term training and economic strategy.
Teams not under human players' control are known as bot teams, or simply bots.
Every team has many official obligations to fulfill during a season. The first week game consists of the first round of the cup. Cup games continue as long as you keep winning. After that, friendly matches can be played.
From week two and for the following 14 weekend games series is played against 7 opponents in a round-robin group.
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 yellow cards being removed, and the mood of supporters and sponsors being reset, preparing the ground for new season.
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 unique. Some popular names are used by many teams.
Some team names may relate to a real club such as AC Milan. More common are puns like Madchester Untied.
Researching Other Teams
It is always useful to research your next opponent by checking their previous games and also their best players. There are several tools to assist in this.