Competitions and matches
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 getting a bonus 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 in the league games goes to the home team, and in cup games it 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 and are at lower risk of getting a card. Collecting 3 yellow cards will ban a player for 1 match and a direct red card will ban him for his next two matches. It doesn't matter if those games are in the league, cup or international competition. Cards earned while playing for national teams are counted separately and only affect national team games.
Players can get injured after each game. Low match sharpness will increase their chance of getting injured (in addition to reduced performance). Injuries are presented with a decimal point and are normally reduced by 1 per match. Assistant manager can improve injury recovery slightly.
Competing in higher tier competitions is both lucrative and improves your and your club's 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 for national teams are picked on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 28th of each month. Those that play earn extra experience.
Cards earned in international matches don't interfere with club games, but injuries do.
International club cups.
There are 3 international competitions: Champions cup, Runners up cup and Challenger cup.
The tournaments start with a group stage with each group's winner proceeding into a knock-out phase.
All games are played once (there is no second leg) and resolved with extra times and penalties in the knock-out phase if necessary.
Clubs are ranked as follows:
The first 2 go to Champions cup, next two to Runners up cup and last 2 into the Challenger cup. If one club fills two spots just move to next position to fill the spots in the cup (i.e. one club wins league and cup, in this case league runner up would go to Champions league, nat cup runner up and 3rd in league would go to Runners up cup and so on).
- League winner
- National cup winner
- League runner up
- National cup runner up
- League 3rd placed
- League 4th placed
- League 5th placed
- League 6th placed
Each country has leagues over 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.