When competing in an online qualification season for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016, you will notice there is a five-tier division system.

For every online season of FIWC 2016, all competitors automatically begin the season in Division 5. A player’s advancement and relegation between divisions will be based on a round consisting of ten matches. After ten matches the player will either: play the next round of ten games in the higher division if promotion is received; play another round in the same division if they accumulated enough points to avoid relegation; or play in the division directly beneath their current division if they are relegated. Please note that a player cannot go any lower than Division 5.

Scoring points
You earn points for a win and a draw, but are deducted points for a loss. In addition to the match points, points will also be awarded for promotions, titles won and maintaining your place in a division. The more games played in a higher division and the more successful games won, the higher the reward. Relegation will result in a deduction of points, so consistency in the upper divisions is crucial. Just remember that wins, promotions, titles won, avoided relegation, loses and regulation all play a part in your points.

Promotion and relegation
It is important to play games and try your best to gain promotion to higher divisions. The higher the division you are in, the more difficult it becomes to earn promotion. When trying to qualify during each season of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, your focus should be on your performance throughout the season rather than where you finish at season end. Always remember, what really matters is how many points you have accumulated through promotions, maintaining a spot in a higher division and winning division titles!

Disconnections and point deductions
A disconnection loss occurs when a player who is losing the match disconnects from the game. If a disconnection occurs during a match, the following results will apply, depending on the match scenario at the time of the disconnect:

Scenario Result 

If there is a disconnection after a match kicks off and the player trailing loses connection

The person that was leading the game wins

If there is a disconnection after a match kicks off and the match was tied at the time

The person who disconnected loses

If there is a disconnection after a match kicks off and the person who disconnected was winning

No one wins

Consistency is the key to success and advancement. The divisional ranking format ensures players compete against similar calibre players, so progress is always possible even if you are not in the top division. A player will always face someone that is in the same division as themselves. This helps both top players and newcomers remain competitive because they will only play against opponents with similar skill level.

Read the complete FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 Terms and Conditions.