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1st Phase:
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Format:
8 teams, each plays the others once - for a total of 7 games each, over 7 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 1st Phase Final:
1-2 place: qualify for 1st Phase Final


1st Phase - Final:
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Format:
2 teams from the 1st Phase contest the 1st Phase winner in a knockout format.

Final:
The two teams meet each other with the winner becoming 1st Phase winner.
Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time if score is level after regular time and the team with the better 1st Phase record winning if score is still level after extra time.
The match is played at a neutral venue.

Qualification for the Championship Final:
winner: qualifies for the Championship Final


2nd Phase:
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Format:
8 teams, each plays the others once - with hostings reversed compared to the 1st Phase - for a total of 7 games each, over 7 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 Final:
1-2 place: qualify for 2nd Phase Final

Summary Table:
Teams' records from the 1st Phase and 2nd Phase are summed (a total of 14 games each) and a Summary Table is compiled.

Summary 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.

Relegation from the league:
8 place in the Summary Table: relegated to Segunda Divisão

Promotion to the league:
1 team from Segunda Divisão


2nd Phase - Final:
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Format:
2 teams from the 1st Phase contest the 2nd Phase winner in a knockout format.

Final:
The two teams meet each other with the winner becoming2nd Phase winner.
Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time if score is level after regular time and the team with the better 1st Phase record winning if score is still level after extra time.
The match is played at a neutral venue.

Qualification for the Championship Final:
winner: qualifies for the Championship Final


Championship Final:
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Format:
2 teams contest the Potiguar champion in a knockout format.
If one team wins both the 1st Phase and the 2nd Phase, then it is automatically declared Potiguar champion and no Championship Final is played.

Final:
The two teams meet each other with the winner becoming Potiguar champion.
Winner is decided over two legs.
The team with higher Summary Table placing hosts the second leg.

Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:
1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. penalties.

Qualification for Copa do Brasil:
champion: qualifies for Copa do Brasil
vice champion: qualifies for Copa do Brasil

Qualification for Copa do Nordeste:
champion: qualifies for Copa do Nordeste

Qualification for Serie D:
the state of Rio Grande do Norte has 1 spot in the Serie D, which can be allocated to any club that isn't already participating in Serie A, Serie B, Serie C or Serie D.