8 teams. Each team plays the other once for a total of 7 games each, over 7 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
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
4 teams from the Regular Season stage contest the Maranhense winner in a knockout format.
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.
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