Grouping of teams
When you create a new season for the first time in a league, the grouping of teams into different series is done by lottery. When it is not the first season the new grouping is based on the results of the previous season. Teams are ranked in order of division, position, points, goal difference etc. For example a team finishing 3rd in a division can never rank higher than a team finishing 2nd in another series in the same division even if the 3rd placed team has more points.
Here is an example of how teams can be grouped into different series and divisions:
1 (League winner in Final League)
2 (2nd placed team in Final League)
3 (3rd placed team in Final League)
4 (4th placed team in Final League)
5 (5th placed team in Final League)
6 (Highest ranked league winner from Division 1)
7 (Lowest ranked league winner from Division 1)
8 (Highest ranked 2nd placed team from Division 1)
Division 1, series a
9 (6th placed team in Final League)
12 (2nd placed team in first division that did not get promoted)
13 (Highest ranked 3rd placed team in first division)
16 (Lowest ranked 4th placed team in first division)
17 (Highest ranked 5th placed team in first division)
20 (2nd highest ranked league winner from second division)
21 (3rd highest ranked league winner from second division)
24 (2nd highest ranked 2nd placed team from second division)
Division 1, series b
10 (7th placed team from Final League)
11 (8th placed team from Final League)
14 (Lowest ranked 3rd placed team in first division)
15 (Highest ranked 4th placed team in first division)
18 (Lowest ranked 5th placed team in first division)
19 (Highest ranked league winner from second division)
22 (Lowest ranked league winner from second division)
23 (Highest ranked 2nd placed team from second division)
And so on...
The numbers on the left indicate the team's rank. The reason for grouping the teams in this way is to make the series as evenly matched as possible.
All new teams start at the bottom and can never be placed in a higher division than a team that played in the previous season. The ranking amongst new teams is random.
Grouping of teams according to the manager's origin
If the league admin is a vip member there is also an additional option regarding the grouping of the teams. He can then choose to take the manager's origin in consideration. By doing this all teams with managers from the same country (or region) would then be grouped in the same series within the same division (same level). This option is applied in our two official league systems (The Xpert Leagues and The Xpert Ladies).
Handling of possible free places
A free place arises when a team has been inactivated and thereby been removed from the league. Any teams that have either lost a qualification match for promotion (Xpert leagues) or finished in the same position in the same division as a promoted team but in a different series will take a free place in a higher division ahead of relegated teams in that division.
For example if a team is inactivated in the first division and there are 2 series in the second division and the second placed team with most points has been promoted, the second placed team in the other series in the second division will take the free place ahead of any relegated teams in the first division.