Derby Manager revolves around playing matches. And winning. This is your primary source of income and popularity growth so give your best to outsmart your opponents.
The games are played daily and the whole season lasts only for one month. This allows for quick progress and plenty of opportunities to test your wits.
Each competition has a total prize money that is divided among winners of each match as match bonus (instead of for final position at the end of season).
More popular competitions will bring you more money with each win. In case of a draw in league games the match bonus is split among both clubs equally.
Money earned from attendance is always split equally between both clubs.
Players might earn yellow and red cards for unprofessional behavior. Better and more experienced players will behave professionally more often and are at lower risk of getting a card.
Collecting 3 yellow cards or a direct red card will ban players for his next two matches.
Players can get injured after each game. The chance for injury depends a lot on his fitness skill.
Playing players that are not match fit will reduce their performance and increase their chance of getting injured.
Competing in higher tier competitions is both lucrative and earns you and your club reputation.
Your main battlefield will be the league you are in. In addition to it you will compete in at least one more cup.
National team competitions.
National teams play their games on Sunday in 8-team leagues over the course of 4 months.
Each January, May and September the top positioned clubs from each league will compete in the World cup.
Players that are picked to play for national team earn extra experience.
Cards earned in international matches don't interfere with club games, but injuries do.
The most prestigious club competition in the world gathers the A league champions from each country in a final tournament.
The winners in each round are rewarded with 2M money bonus and a bump to their reputation.
Cup winners cup.
National cup winners compete in second most popular club competition in the world with match bonuses of 1.5M for each round.
Runners up cup.
4 clubs from each country that failed to win the league (or the cup in case the same club won both) qualify for
Runners up cup. Not as prestigious as the other two international competitions but with 1M match bonus still very attractive to all.
Each country has leagues in several divisions with clubs moving up and down between the seasons depending on their final standing.
League ranks are named alphabetically with A being the highest division.
Leagues of the same rank are classified by letter (i.e. C1 and C2).
Countries also have national cups where all clubs compete together.
The draw is completely random and allows for some interesting winners due to a lucky draw.
Each league below the A also has a league cup - a cup where all clubs from that league compete.
The cup on its own doesn't bring much prestige but if is a good way to earn extra money or train younger players.