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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