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This is the full manual for Hattrick. For a quicker introduction to the game go to the beginners' guide.

Hattrick is a game where you get to lead a virtual soccer team to glory, competing with other participants from all over the world.

Hattrick is a simple game... it's easy to grasp the basics. You can play Hattrick even if you just log in once or twice a week (but we hope to see you more often). The challenge is not to beat the game, but rather it lies in the competition with the other participants. While competing, many team managers become friends, making Hattrick a social game, too.

Your overall tasks

You perform the duties of both manager and club owner. You plan tactics and strategy, decide what to train and select which players should play. You buy and sell players, invest in stadium improvements and much more. To be successful a good piece of advice is to form a strategy and long term plan. Success and glory will not come instantly, after all.

Your new team

When you first take control of your team, it will be in one of the two lowest divisions of the Hattrick series system. You start your climb upwards with a squad of players (some might be talented and some not so much), a stadium, and a small stipend to get you started. Now it's time for you to show your skill.

Don't worry about second thoughts when it comes to your team name. You can always change your team name between seasons, but it will cost you 10 000 US$ as match kits and marketing material etc. must be changed. You will also lose 3% of your fan club members, as some hardcore fans will not forgive you for abandoning the old name.

Region and weather

Your team belongs to region, a region which you probably have a relationship with. Regions are there so you can check out other people from the same area as you. Another important function is that each region has its own weather. No regions have better weather than others, all regions are equally good so you don't have to worry about making a bad choice.

Weather affects a couple of things, but most importantly attendance (fewer people will watch your games when it's raining) and player performance. On the "Region" page you can see what the weather is like today and a weather forecast for tomorrow. If the sun shines today, it's more likely (compared to other weather types) that it will also shine tomorrow, so weather isn't completely random.

If you want, you can change regions in between seasons. It will, however, cost you 10 000 US$ and 3% of your fans.

Our best piece of advice

The best piece of advice we can give you is to read this manual. You don't need to read everything at once, even just reading the first few chapters with will give you a good clue of how to play the game. If there is any other piece of advice, it would be to ask any questions you may have in our forums. There is actually a forum designed just for questions!

To give you and everyone else the best Hattrick experience there are some very simple rules of conduct to follow which you can find in our House Rules.
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