Brazil Tier 3

Brasileirao - Serie C

League Guide & Facts

  • The third tier of Brazilian Football

  • 20 teams

  • 2 regional groups of 10 (first stage)

  • Teams play each other twice (18 games)

  • 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw


  • Top four of each group qualify for second stage (two groups of four)

  • Top two teams from these groups are promoted to Serie B

  • The two group winners play a two legged final to determine overall winner


  • Four teams relegated (bottom two of first stage groups)


  • League is sorted by 1) points; 2) wins; 3) goal difference; 4) goals scored; 5) head-to-head results (only between 2 teams); 6) fewest red cards; 7) fewest yellow cards; 8) draw.

  • 12 subs named, maximum 3 used

  • The match squad must have no more than 5 foreign players.

  • Syria and Haiti treated as non foreign

  • The match squad cannot have more than zero players on youth contracts.

Suggested* Additional Nations To Load

Tour The Americas


Optional (historic and transfer links)

*As always this is only a suggestion, the leagues listed are in order of importance, feel free to run as many or as little leagues as you think your system can handle. The setup above gives a nice regional feel.

It is advisable however to run as many top tier leagues of major nations as you can to keep the continental club competitions competitive

Football Manager 2021 - Brazilian Serie C 2020

Board Expectations and Title Odds

*Your odds and board expectations may vary slightly from save to save

State Leagues

Board Expectations

As well as playing in the national league of Serie C, each club will also play in their local state league. The quality of the competition can vary wildly from state to state. Some Serie C teams may well be the best in their local state whilst others will be also rans.

Below is a run down of the board expectation in each of the state competitions that involve this years Serie C clubs

The format is different from state to state with some having a simple league system and other being a cup competition or a combination of the two

Football Manager 2021 - Brazilian Serie C 2020

Club Culture

Football Manager 2021 - Brazilian Serie C 2020



Botafogo (PB)



Ferroviário (CE)








Santa Cruz

São Bento

São José (RS)



Vila Nova (GO)

Volta Redonda

Ypiranga (RS)