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Season




Regular Season:



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Format:



8 teams. Each team plays the other once for a total of 7 games each, over 7 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; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. lesser number of red cards received; 7. lesser number of yellow cards received; 8. draw.





Qualification for the Final Stages:



1-4 place of each group: qualify for the Semi-finals





Relegation from the league:



8 place: relegated to Segunda Divisão





Promotion to the league:



1 team from Segunda Divisão







Later Stages:



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Format:



4 teams from the Regular Season stage contest the Maranhense winner in a knockout format.





Semi-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Regular Season standings:



1st vs 4th;



2nd vs 3rd.



Winners are decided over two legs. The team with higher league placing hosts the second leg.





Final:



The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Maranhense winner.



Winner is decided over two legs.



The team with the better Regular season and Semi-finals record combined hosts the second leg.





Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. hosting the second leg.







Qualification for Serie D:



champion: qualifies for Serie D



losing finalist: qualifies for Serie D



* - if the champion is 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: Copa do Brasil



losing finalist: Copa do Brasil





Qualification for Copa do Nordeste:



champion: Copa do Nordeste



losing finalist: Copa do Nordeste