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National teams

In January, 2021, new rules for National Teams will go into effect.

In Hattrick, just like in the real world, there are national teams competing against each other. But in Hattrick, the coach of your country's national squad is elected by you! Each Hattrick country has a main national squad, as well as a U-20 team featuring players 20 years old or younger. This means each country has two national coaches, both elected by the community.

The World Cup format

The World Cup begins every second season and starts with a qualification round. 32 teams advance from this round to the World Cup. There are three consecutive group rounds, with 4 teams to a group. The top two teams qualify for the next stage. The final two rounds are knockout matches, beginning with the semi-finals and culminating in the World Cup Final. The U-20 World Cup begins a season after the World Cup, and follows the same format.

Seeding for World Cup Round I is based on ranking, which is determined by previous World Cup results. When no World Cup matches are scheduled, the national teams can play friendlies.


Elections are held at the beginning of the season, starting the day after the World Cup final. Every second season you elect the national coach and every second season you elect the U-20 coach. Each coach is elected for 2 seasons, ending his term after the World Cup Final.

Note that you will need to have played Hattrick for at least 1 season in order to be able to vote in the National Team elections.

Voting power

You can only vote once in an election. However, this vote may gain extra weight in the final tally. This system of voting power rewards commitment to the game, but the main reason for it is to make it harder to manipulate elections.

If you are a local team, you receive your first vote after 1 season in the game. You then gain a second vote after 5 seasons in the game, a third vote after 10 seasons, and a fourth vote after 15 seasons. Local teams can receive a total of 4 votes this way.

If you are voting for an additional team, you receive your first vote after two seasons and a second and final seniority vote after 10 seasons.

All users also get up to two engagement votes, depending on how active their team management has been. We will not explain exactly how these work, to make it harder to manipulate them. They have been designed to be very easy to achieve for any normally managed team, but very tedious to achieve if you are maintaining a set of fake teams. Please note that as a user, you will not see the exact weight your vote has. We will just explain the principles behind the system.

The national team squad

The national coach picks up to 26 players (from teams with real owners) from those players with the corresponding nationality. Once picked, the coach can see the same data for the national team players as you do for your own team.

Having a national team player

If one of your players is on the National Team, their ability to play for your team will be unaffected. National Team matches and club matches are usually played on separate days - except in Hattrick International - so your player is always available to you. National Team matches will not give your player any training. However, there is a risk of being injured while a National Team match.

If your player gets to play a match with the national team there are several benefits for your club:

- You will get a salary reduction of 33% or 40% of the player's salary, depending on whether he is playing in a foreign team or his home country respectively.

- The player gains a lot of experience.

- If a player gets injured and has to leave the field in a match for his national team, as well as the regular salary reduction, the club will get a compensation amounting to 100% of his base salary times the estimated number of weeks the injury is expected to last.

Note that you are expected not to undermine national teams through sabotaging your national team player(s). The National Team Administrators, as a last resort, have the discretion to release players to the transfer market in the event of sabotage.

If you consider running for office, or if you just want more information, we recommend you read the rules for national teams.
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