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National teams

In Hattrick, just like in the real world, National Teams compete 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 U21 team featuring players 21 years old or younger. This means each country has two national coaches, both elected by the community. The World Cup format changed in Season 77 (January 17, 2021).

National team competitions

The National teams compete against each other in three interconnected tournaments. The continental championships, the Nations Cup and the actual World Cup. The competition cycle spans two seasons. It starts with the continental championships for European, American, African and Asia/Oceania leagues and ends with the World Cup.

The Nations Cup is a lesser tournament for teams that did not reach the World Cup and is played in parallel to the World Cup.

Continental championships

Every National team in Hattrick is guaranteed a place in their continental championship. These continental championships are played in groups of 6 teams. Groups are seeded based on the National Team ranking (see below).

The continental championships has a Round-Robin format (double matches - home away) and lasts for 10 weeks with quarter finals, semi finals and finals in the last week.

The best 8 teams in every region will play quarter, semi finals and finals while the rest of the National Coaches can schedule friendlies on Fridays. The winner will be named continental champion and awarded a gold trophy. Silver and bronze trophies are awarded to the teams placed 2nd and 3rd-4th respectively.

World Cup

The World Cup starts in week 13 of the first season and lasts for the rest of season 1 and the entire season 2. It is divided into 5 rounds, followed by semi finals and finals.

96 teams participate in the Round 1 in 16 groups of 6 teams in a Round-Robin format. The first 4 of each group will proceed to Round 2, while the rest are disqualified.

Round 2 will have 16 groups of 4 teams in a Round-Robin format and the first 2 of each group will proceed to Round 3.

In Round 3 we have 8 groups with 4 teams where they play one match with every opponent in a neutral venue and the top 2 of each group promote to Round 4.

Round 4 and round 5 will have 4 and 2 groups respectively with 4 teams. Every team will play against each other once in neutral and the top 2 of each group promote to the next stage.

Both the semi finals and the final are in neutral venues. The winner of the final is named World champion, and is awarded a gold trophy. Silver and bronze trophies are awarded to the runner-ups.

Before each round, Team Spirit and Team Confidence will fully or partially reset. For example, if the current TS is 9 and the reset value is Composed (around 4.75 for TS and 5.75 for TC), after the 80% reset, TS will decrease 3.4 levels, according to this calculation: ((9 - 4.75) * 0.8) = 3.4.Note that the base value (the midpoint value toward which TS and TC naturally move) remains unchanged (around 4.5).

Nations Cup

Teams that did not manage to qualify for the World Cup will play in the Nations Cup, which takes place alongside the World Cup. This tournament is played in the Swiss format tournament (similar to the Supporter Week Trophy).

This is not merely a consolation tournament, but can be important for smaller teams as the final standing in the Nations Cup is used for the seeding of the next continental championship. At the end of the Nations Cup, during the semi-finals and finals of the World Cup, the top 8 teams will have a knockout tournament and the winner will get a trophy.

During the Nations Cup, players cannot be injured, but yellow and red cards will accumulate and have the same effects as in any other tournament. Formation experience will carry over from the Continental Championship and update as normal after every Nations Cup match.

The winner is awarded the Nations Cup trophy.

World Cup qualification

96 teams progress from the Continental championships to the World Cup.

Each continent has their own World Cup slots, which are awarded to the best-placed teams in each group of the Regional Cup group stage. As you can see in the table below, Europe has 32 slots, Asia-Oceania 21 slots, Africa 12, and the Americas 20.


Continent Total teams World Cup slots
Europe 48 32 (4 promotions / group)
Asia-Oceania 42 21 (3 promotions / group)
Africa 24 12 (3 promotions / group)
The Americas 30 20 (4 promotions / group)

A number of wildcard slots will be awarded to teams that did not qualify directly through the group stage of the Regional Cups. With 11 available wildcards, the best 22 non-qualifying teams will be selected for a wildcard playoff, with the winners earning spots in the World Cup. Wildcard teams are determined by points and goal difference in Regional Cup group stages.

In the wildcard playoff, the team with the highest ranking (a ranking based also on previous World Cup results) will be matched against the team with the lowest ranking, and the team with second highest ranking with the team of the second lowest ranking, and so forth. The playoff is played home and away, with a complete reset of Team Spirit and Team Confidence before the first match. In case of a tie, the second match will have extra time and penalties.

National Team ranking

Each National Team has its own ranking, which seeds the Regional Cup group draw. The last five seasons have an impact for this ranking, but this effect decays over time, meaning recent performances have more effect on the ranking than older performances.

Three factors affect rankings: the result of each match (M), the importance of the match (I), and the strength of the opposing team (T). The formula used to calculate the ranking is: P = M x I x T


Match result (M) Points Match Importance (I) Points
Win 3 World Cup Semi/Finals 4
Draw 1 WC rest of rounds 2.5
Lose 0 Continental Finals 3
Win Penalties 2 Continental rest of matches 2
Lose Penalties 1 Nations Cup 1
Friendlies 0

For the variable T, we subtract the ranking of the opponent team from the number 250.

Then, the final ranking is the average number of points (P) of the last 5 seasons weighted 100%, 70%, 50%, 30%, 20%, with the 100% being the current season and the 20% four seasons in the past. Rankings are updated after every match.

Continental championship draw

We use the National Team Ranking to create the seeding for the Continental Championship draw pots. The first position of each group is always reserved for the top teams, where Group 1 will get the top team, Group 2 the second team, etc. Then there are five draw pots, one for each position in the group, filled with the rest of the teams sorted by their Ranking. For example, in the Americas Championship, there are five groups of six teams. The first position in each group is filled by the top five teams, based on their Ranking. The second positions are filled by teams six to ten, the third position by teams 11 to 15, etc. During the live draw, we work through each groups until all pots are empty and all groups are fully populated.

World Cup draw

A team's result in the Continental championship group stage will determine the seed of that team in the the World Cup draw. There are 16 groups in the World Cup first round. The first team for each group is picked automatically. The best European team from the regional Cup group stage (EU#1 in the table below) will always be the first team picked for Group 1, and the team ranked 8th from the Americas will always be the first team picked in Group 16.

Once one team is assigned to a group, all other teams are picked during a live draw. The ranking from the Continental championship is still very important, but instead of being assigned directly to a group, teams are put into draw pots. If you keep looking at the table below, the column for "Team 2" shows four teams will be put in the first draw pot. These are the teams ranked 8, 7, 6, and 5 in Africa. Out of this pot they are assigned as the second team to Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4, as decided by the draw. Four new teams are entered into the second draw pot and drawn for Groups 5, 6, 7, and 8. This process continues until all 16 groups are filled.

The system is broadly deterministic, making sure all the best teams from the strongest continents are not in the same groups. But, at the same time, we wanted a random element to prevent teams from intentionally influencing the World Cup draw. This could happen if teams still in a Continental Cup lost matches on purpose in an effort to determine the World Cup groups. The random element also makes the live draw much more fun.


Group Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6
1 EU#1 AFR#8
Pot#1
AME#9
Pot#5
ASO#16
Pot#9
EU#17
Pot#13
W#11
Pot#17
2 EU#2 AFR#7
Pot#1
AME#10
Pot#5
ASO#15
Pot#9
EU#18
Pot#13
W#10
Pot#17
3 EU#3 AFR#6
Pot#1
AME#11
Pot#5
ASO#14
Pot#9
EU#19
Pot#13
W#9
Pot#17
4 EU#4 AFR#5
Pot#1
AME#12
Pot#5
ASO#13
Pot#9
EU#20
Pot#13
W#8
Pot#17
5 EU#5 AFR#4
Pot#2
AME#13
Pot#6
ASO#12
Pot#10
EU#21
Pot#14
W#7
Pot#18
6 EU#6 AFR#3
Pot#2
AME#14
Pot#6
ASO#11
Pot#10
EU#22
Pot#14
W#6
Pot#18
7 EU#7 AFR#2
Pot#2
AME#15
Pot#6
ASO#10
Pot#10
EU#23
Pot#14
W#5
Pot#18
8 EU#8 AFR#1
Pot#2
AME#16
Pot#6
ASO#9
Pot#10
EU#24
Pot#14
W#4
Pot#18
9 AME#1 ASO#8
Pot#3
AME#17
Pot#7
EU#16
Pot#11
EU#25
Pot#15
W#3
Pot#19
10 AME#2 ASO#7
Pot#3
AME#18
Pot#7
EU#15
Pot#11
EU#26
Pot#15
W#2
Pot#19
11 AME#3 ASO#6
Pot#3
AME#19
Pot#7
EU#14
Pot#11
EU#27
Pot#15
W#1
Pot#19
12 AME#4 ASO#5
Pot#3
AME#20
Pot#7
EU#13
Pot#11
EU#28
Pot#15
ASO#21
Pot#19
13 AME#5 ASO#4
Pot#4
AFR#9
Pot#8
EU#12
Pot#12
EU#29
Pot#16
ASO#20
Pot#20
14 AME#6 ASO#3
Pot#4
AFR#10
Pot#8
EU#11
Pot#12
EU#30
Pot#16
ASO#19
Pot#20
15 AME#7 ASO#2
Pot#4
AFR#11
Pot#8
EU#10
Pot#12
EU#31
Pot#16
ASO#18
Pot#20
16 AME#8 ASO#1
Pot#4
AFR#12
Pot#8
EU#9
Pot#12
EU#32
Pot#16
ASO#17
Pot#20

EU: Europe
AME: the Americas
AFR: Africa
ASO: Asia-Oceania
WS: Wildcard slot

Elections

Elections are held at the beginning of the season, starting the two days after the World Cup Final. Every second season managers elect a National Team coach, and every second season managers elect a U21 coach. Each coach is elected for 2 seasons, ending their term about a week 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.

The National Team squad

The national coach picks up to 26 players (from teams with active managers) from the pool of players with the right nationality. In terms of age requirements, U21 players must be at least 19 years old and National Team players at least 22 years old. After choosing players, the NT coach can see the same data for the National Team players as managers do for their own team.

Each National Team has their own formation experience, and at the start of every Continental Championship and World Cup tournament, NT coaches will have about a week to decide which 6 formations will have Formidable experience, with the rest beginning at Poor. The selection period starts on Election Day and runs until the day that Team Spirit and Team Confidence reset before the first Continental Championships match, and again at Week 12, running until the Team Spirit and Team Confidence reset day at Week 13.

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 games are typically played on separate days, so your player is always available to you. Matches for the National Team will not give your player any training, however, there is the risk of injury.

There are several benefits for your club if your player gets to play a match with the National Team:

- You will get a 33% or 40% salary reduction of the player's salary, depending on whether they are playing in a foreign team or their home country.

- The player gains a lot of experience. The amount of experience varies depending on the match type. In descending order: World Cup finals and semifinals, World Cup matches, Continental Championship finals, semifinals, and quarterfinals, then Continental Championship matches, the National Cup, and finally National Team friendlies.

- If a player is injured and has to leave a National Team match, the club will be compensated 100% of the player's base salary for the estimated number of weeks the injury is expected to last. This is in addition to the regular salary reduction.

Since National Team friendlies are played at a lower intensity, the risk of injury is half of that in regular matches.

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

World Cup Schedule - Season 1

Wk Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 Elections Voting Elections Voting Elections Voting Elections Voting Elections Voting/Live Draw
/Friendlies
Elections Voting Elections Voting
2 Elections
Results
- - - Friendlies - -
3 - - TS/TC Reset 100% reset - CC Match 1 - -
4 CC Match 2 - - - CC Match 3 - -
5 CC Match 4 - - - CC Match 5 - -
6 - - - - CC Match 6 - -
7 - - - - CC Match 7 - -
8 - - - - CC Match 8 - -
9 - - - - CC Match 9 - -
10 - - - - CC Match 10 - -
11 - - - - CC Quarterfinals - TS/TC Reset 100% reset
(Wildcards only)
12 CC Semifinals - - - CC Finals - Live Draw
13 - - TS/TC Reset 100% reset - WC R1 Match 1 - -
14 WC R1 Match 2 - - - WC R1 Match 3 - -
15 - - - - WC R1 Match 4 - -
16 - - - - WC R1 Match 5 - -

World Cup Schedule - Season 2

Wk Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 - - - - WC R1 Match 6 - -
2 - - - - WC R1 Match 7 - -
3 - - - - WC R1 Match 8 - -
4 - - - - WC R1 Match 9 - -
5 - - - - WC R1 Match 10 - -
6 - - TS/TC Reset 80% reset - WC R2 Match 1 - -
7 WC R2 Match 2 - - - WC R2 Match 3 - -
8 WC R2 Match 4 - - - WC R2 Match 5 - -
9 - - - - WC R2 Match 6 - -
10 - - TS/TC Reset60% reset - WC R3 Match 1 - -
11 WC R3 Match 2 - - - WC R3 Match 3 - -
12 - - TS/TC Reset 40% reset - WC R4 Match 1 - -
13 WC R4 Match 2 - - WC R4 Match 3 - -
14 - - - - WC R5 Match 1 - -
15 WC R5 Match 2 - - - WC R5 Match 3 - -
16 WC Semifinals - - WC Finals - -

CC: Continental Championship
WC: World Cup
TS: Team Spirit
TC: Team Confidence
 
 
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