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Saison


Regular Season:

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Format:

16 teams are drawn into 4 groups of 4 teams each (Groups A-D).

Teams are seeded into 2 pots as follows:

Pot 1: Santos, São Paulo, Palmeiras and Corinthians;

Pot 2: the other 16 teams.

Each group consists of 1 team from Pot 1 and 3 teams from Pot 2.

Each team plays the teams from the other three groups once - for a total of 12 games each, over 12 game weeks.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. games won; 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. lesser number of red cards received; 6. lesser number of yellow cards received; 7. draw.



Qualification for the Final Stages:

1-2 place of each group: qualify for the Final Stages



Relegation from the league:

Teams' records from the Regular Season are gathered in a single Summary Table.

15-16 place in the Summary table: relegated to Paulista A2



Summary Table order:

1. points won; 2. games won; 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. lesser number of red cards received; 6. lesser number of yellow cards received; 7. draw.



Promotion to the league:

2 teams from Paulista A2





Final Stages:

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Format:

8 teams from the Regular Season contest the Paulista A1 champion in a knockout format.



Quarter-finals:

Teams are paired according to their Regular Season standings:

1st in Group A vs 2nd in Group A (match E);

1st in Group B vs 2nd in Group B (match F);

1st in Group C vs 2nd in Group C (match G);

1st in Group D vs 2nd in Group D (match H).

Winners are decided over two legs.

The higher placed teams from the Regular Season host the second legs.



Semi-finals:

Teams are ranked according to their record from the Regular Season and Quarter-finals combined and are paired as follows:

1st ranked vs 4th ranked;

2nd ranked vs 3rd ranked.

Winners are decided over two legs.

The teams with better record from the Regular Season and the Quarter-finals combined host the second legs.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Paulista A1 champion.

Winner is decided over two legs.

The team with better record from the Regular Season, Quarter-finals and Semi-finals combined hosts the second leg.



Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:

1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. penalties.



Qualification for Serie D:

the three best placed teams: qualify for Serie D

* - if the three best placed teams are participating in Serie A, Serie B, Serie C or Serie D, the best placed team that isn't already assured participation in Serie a, Serie B, Serie C or Serie D qualifies instead.



Qualification for Copa do Brasil:

champion: qualifies for Copa do Brasil

losing finalist: qualifies for Copa do Brasil


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