Fixed the issue with start date. I had Belarus 2012 selected as start date (so that it'd be 2012, not 2011 - I hate playing in the past). I've changed it to Korea, which has a start date of January 2012, so you get an extra long period at the start
Maybe the reason for those contract ending dates is that in real life Russia is planning on converting their competition to a winter competition (like the Western European ones)? I don't know if FM implemented this in the game.
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I have a feeling (looking at the draw) that the Russian League might change to July - June after this season.
After the huge winter break, we're in the "relegation group" from last year, to start with (basically like the split in Scotland, but in this case bottom 10 top 8). This lasts until the end of May, when I assumed the League goes back to the full 18 sides. I guess from then, the League will be played as a July through May/June League like the rest of Europe. There was no relegation/championship group in the league last year, so I can only assume that this is basically an 18 month season as a transitional phase. I'm going to simulate (holiday) 12 months and see what happens.
If this is the case Dan, you play until June 1 (or after the last game) like in previous games. We can play this by ear a bit. Everyone afterwards will just play the usual 12 months.
Yeah, I didn't know what that meant, but figured I would just roll with it and see what happened. Transitioning to a schedule like the Ukrainian league with a long winter break makes sense. If you're doing it now, please let know in the next 3 hours if possible. Also explains why there were no season expectations.
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I'm fairly certain that is what it is. The game is holidaying now, I'll let you know soon. Guessing after this "championship/relation" phase, there will be a short break, and the season proper will start. The fixtures from last April aren't championship/relegation split, so I'm fairly sure this is a transition.
I'm ducking out for lunch now, but I'll use phone my PC to check soon