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1-15-2021 Follow Today’s Live Draws

Today we will draw the groups for the new Continental Championships, which will be held for all U20 national teams this season.

One of the new features of these competitions is that match times will be better suited to the local users, and the same is true for the live draws.

Thus, they will be held at four different times today and early tomorrow. These same times will be the match hours for the championships once they get underway.

Visit the World page and click U20 to follow the action. The live draw times are:

Friday 12.00 (HT): Asian-Oceanian Cup
Friday 20.00 (HT): Euro Cup
Friday 21.00 (HT): African Cup
Saturday 01.00 (HT): American Cup

We hope you will enjoy the live draw!

1-11-2021 Germany Wins Again! U20 World Cup Champs!

On a dreary Sunday evening, the sky filled with ominous battleship gray clouds, Germany and Oceania squared off for the U20 World Cup final. Rolling-out with very different formation strategies, it was going to be interesting to see how the match would play out.

Oceania had chances early on, thrusting and parrying on the counter, but despite the pressure, every shot avoided the net like it had "the Rona".

Nearly a third of the way into the match, Germany found daylight, peeling open Oceania's defense like a can of delicious, dolphin-friendly, pole-caught albacore tuna. They made it count with a shot that beat the keeper, giving the 'Mannschaft' a 1 - 0 lead.

Germany's lead evaporated faster than warm vodka spilled on a steaming sidewalk. Six minutes after giving up the go-ahead goal, Oceania equalized, bringing the first half to a close at 1:1.

Less than ten minutes into the second half, the Germans took a 2:1 lead. After mustering a tepid chance, the men from Down Under - clearly tired, and weary - collectively chundered the match away, coming nowhere near bagging the equalizer. Germany, quite satisfied, and perhaps even a bit smug, put little effort into any sort of interesting football for the rest of the match.

When at last the whistle blew at 92', the score remained 2:1, and Germany, for the 8th time, took the podium, the trophy, and the keys to brand new Harley-Hattrickson motorcycles as U20 World Cup champions.

Congratulations to the entire German side and to U20 manager Hardy_HH!

1-8-2021 Elections and the New World Cup

With the U20 World Cup nearing its end (semis today and the final on Sunday), it’s time to elect the next U20 coaches.

Candidacy registration opens today, Friday JAN 8 at 7:00 (CET), and voting begins Monday, continuing for one week. Elections will be held in all 144 Hattrick nations eligible to compete in the World Cup, including 16 countries that have never had a national team before!

During the election, each candidate's speech will appear in the national forum aligned with the country in which they are a candidate. Candidates, don't miss the opportunity to answer questions from the community!

If you wish to become a candidate, you must register to run. To reduce election abuse, you need to have been a manager for at least one season in order to become a candidate or to vote in the elections.

Let the campaigns begin!

1-5-2021 Series Swapping

As usual, the HFA will allow some teams to swap series over the close season:

• This swapping window will be open from Thursday the 7th rom 0:00 to Friday the 8th of January at 23:59 (CET)
• HTI teams are only able to swap until Friday at 16:00 (CET) due to the creation of the matches for the upcoming season
• You can only swap your series if you play in one of the lowest three division levels in your country
• You can only swap your place with a bot team from your own division level
• You can only swap once and it can't be undone, so make sure you really want to swap series

You can swap places with a bot from the series page of the bot. A link will appear after the bot team in the table. Note that you can only swap places with a bot team (having the "robot logo"), and not with an ownerless team which has not been botified yet.

12-29-2020 New Kit and Arena Designer Apps

With the arrival of 2021, we reach the end of Adobe Flash support, the technology used in our Kit Designer and Arena Builder apps. This means browsers will no longer support Flash content, and some browsers may actively start blocking it. If you plan on updating your kits, it may be best to do so before the New Year, as functionality could be unpredictable after that.

Other than that, existing kits and arenas should continue to work fine inside Hattrick.

We have been working on replacement versions for the Kit Designer and the Arena Builder (which are both Supporter features) for several months, and the new apps are now in testing. The new apps will use HTML5 and integrate more seamlessly into the website.

The look, feel and design functionality of the new apps will be very similar to the existing apps. When the new versions are released, all existing designs will be exported to the new format. Our aim is for converted kits and arenas to be fully editable after the conversion.

With all that said, we are still testing and it could be that some aspects of the Flash experience will not be the same. A final release date is not yet decided, but sometime in January looks most likely.

12-28-2020 Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

We hope you all had an enjoyable season in Hattrick, as well as a relaxing, healthy, and joyous holiday season! 2020 has been a...very special?...year, and the whole HT team simply wants to thank all of you—even more than usual—for sticking with us and for making this game so much fun to work with!

As for 2021, we have lots of exciting things waiting in the wings that we look forward to sharing with you. But for now, have an amazing New Year celebration—and stay safe!

12-20-2020 More Moderate Solution to Coach Prices

Last month, the Hattrick Syndicate of Football Coaches announced measures to remove the price difference between internally and externally recruited coaches. The new measures would stop the use of "Future coaches" as a way to keep extra money available for transfers, a practice that led to a price bubble for these players.

This idea was quickly abandoned, as it was deemed to be too narrow in scope, and would cause an immediate and drastic effect on transfer market prices for future coaches.

After further negotiations, the HSFC and the Hattrick Football Association have agreed that broader but more moderate approach is needed. In addition to targeting future coaches, the new approach aims to prevent bubbles in other categories where players are bought merely to store value rather than for use on the team.

We cannot tell you right now how exactly this change will be implemented, as we are still working through the details until next season. What we can say is that our focus is to prevent circumvention of Board reserves and cash limits, rather than targeting the price levels of such players directly.

If price levels are affected, we expect they will happen in a softer and more gradual way than with the original proposal.

The final changes will be implemented by August 2021, as originally planned.

Further details will be announced early next year, well in advance to let managers adapt.

 
 
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