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Saison


1st Phase:

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Format:

40 teams, divided into 5 groups of 8 teams each (Groups 1-5) on regional basis.

Each team plays the others from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 14 games each, over 14 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 2nd Phase:

1-3 place of each group: qualify for the 2nd Phase

best 4th placed team: qualifies for the 2nd Phase



Tie-breakers for determining the 4th placed teams ranking:

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.



Relegation from the league:

no relegation from the league



Promotion to the league:

no promotion to the league





2nd Phase:

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Format:

16 teams from the 1st Phase are drawn into 4 groups of 4 teams each (Groups 6-9)

Teams are distributed into 4 pots of 4 teams each, based on their 1st Phase placing and records:

Each group consists of one team from each pot.

Each team plays the others from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 6 games each, over 6 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. better 1st Phase record.



Qualification for 3rd Phase:

1-2 place of each group: qualify for the 3rd Phase





3rd Phase:

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Format:

8 teams from the 2nd Phase are drawn into 2 groups of 4 teams each (Groups 10-11)

Teams are distributed into 4 pots of 2 teams each, based on their 1st and 2nd Phase combined records:

Each group consists of one team from each pot.

Each team plays the others from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 6 games each, over 6 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. better 2nd Phase record.



Qualification for Final Stages:

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





Final Stages:

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Format:

4 teams from the 3rd Phase contest the Paulista Série B champion and promotion in a knockout format.

Teams are ranked 1st-4th, based on their 1st, 2nd and 3rd Phase combined records.



Semi-finals:

Teams are paired according to their ranking:

1st vs 4th;

2nd vs 3rd.

The teams with better record from all the previous phases combined host the second legs.



Final:

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

Winner is decided over two legs.

The team with better record from all the previous phases combined hosts the second leg.



Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:

1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. better record from all the previous phases combined.



Relegation to the league:

6 teams from Paulista A3



Promotion from the league:

the two finalists: promoted to Paulista A3