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, 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. Fitness coach 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 every Sunday and right before the world cup begins. 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 two highest ranked teams 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 number of spots in each competition depends on the performance of clubs from that country. Top 4 countries get 4 spots in Champions Cup and 2 in Runners-up Cup. They have no team in the Challenger Cup. Next 8 countries get 3/2/1 spots in each competition and so on. You can check the distribution on the World's page.
- League winner
- League 2nd placed
- League 3rd placed
- League 4th placed
- League 5th placed
- National cup winner or 6th placed in the league if the cup winner is already among the top 5 in the league.
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 with letter and number (i.e. C1 and C2). They are equal in all aspects.
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.