There are currently 3 different tournament formats in SCS. Below is a description of each format.
A ladder tournament has matches scheduled each day at the specified time. Fixtures will be generated 1 hour before kick-off. During this time, no clubs will be able to sign-up for a match. The sign-up period will re-open once the daily matches have been played.
Ladder tournaments use an ELO rating system to rank teams. The system will try to schedule matches with teams of similar skill and experience. Where possible it will avoid matching the same teams against each other consecutively.
A club will earn stadium income for home matches only. There is a small financial prize for finishing top 3 in a ladder, but the other tournament formats will provide better prize money. The main reason for playing in a ladder tournament is to build familiarity between players in your club.
League matches are scheduled either once or twice per week. Clubs play eachother at least once, maybe more depending on how many clubs are in the league. Once the registration period is over for a league, no additional clubs can join the league. However, clubs can join the queue for the following season. In some circumstances, a club in the queue will be able to replace an existing club midway through the tournament.
Some leagues will have multiple tiers, with promotion & relegation spots. Prize money earned at the end of the season will vary, based on the position your club finishes.
Cup tournaments will be one of 2 formats:
- Group Stage + Knockout rounds
- Knockout only
As with league tournaments, clubs can’t join after the registration period ends. Knockout rounds will have 1 or 2 legs, depending on the tournament. If a knockout round ends in a draw, the match will go to penalties to decide a winner. Some tournaments will have seedings, but this is likely to only be used for specific circumstances.