This article describes how to configure a competition in the PlayHQ admin portal.

A Competition contains one or more seasons. Participants register for each season, are allocated to their team(s), and the teams fixtured for the season.


Create a competition

Creating a new competition is a two-step, guided process: 

  1. From the main menu, click Competition Management
  2. Click Add Competition.
  3. Complete the Competition Details page, then click Next
  4. Complete the Game & Grade Default Settings, then click Create Competition

Learn more about each area below.

Competition settings are based on the sport

Some settings may only be visible to specific sports.

Competition Details


Setting Description

Competition Type

Each competition type contains features that assist set up and management of the competition.

Domestic: Matches in domestic competitions are played at venues linked to your association.

Home and Away: Matches in home and away competitions are played at venues related to the home team

Tournament: Tournament style competition with Round-robin played as a group phase (with or without pools) and knockout style finals

Competition Name

A competition name should allow for multiple seasons. A competition name might be 'Junior Domestic', 'Senior Domestic', 'Australia Day Tournament', 'Country Representative League'.


The format allows participants to search for the competition by format easily. The formats displayed are defined by the sporting governing body.


Enable transfers to restrict player movement between clubs in a competition. This option requires participants to complete a transfer request before registering.


Enable permits to let participants play temporarily at another club. Registration and payment are not required, and the player's primary club will remain unchanged.

New Player Approval

Requires players who have not registered before to be approved before being allocated to a team. Transferred or permitted players will be automatically approved.

Game & Grade Default Settings

Click the Next button, to view Game & Grade Default Settings that will apply to new games and grades created for the competition.

Game Settings 

Set the default settings for every match in this competition. These settings can also be changed within individual grades.


Learn more about each setting in Managing Grades

Setting Description

Game Sheet template

Choose if a printed game template should be displayed in landscape or portrait.

Period Type

Choose between common period types in the sport.

Period length (mins)

Choose the period length for the grade's games.

Game slot time

Choose the total game duration for the grade's games. This should include any warm-up time, pre-game, and wrap-up time after the game.

Period Scores

Choose to enable/disable period scores. If enabled, you will need to choose By Period or End of Period.

Lineup Limits

Choose the minimum and a maximum number of players and/or coaches who may participate in a game for a team


Choose to enable/disable overtime for the grade.

Time-out limits

Set time-out limits for game periods and over-time so that time-out limit can be displayed for electronically scored games for this grade.

Foul Penalties

Foul penalties are enforced with limits for electronically scored games played in that grade.

Extra Scores

Choose to enable/disable extra scores. If enabled, you will need to select the value of the extra scoring type.
Game outcome points Set the whether points awarded to game results are sport default or custom.

Game Type

Cricket Australia only. The game type pre-sets the Overs, Innings, Total Game Slot Time, Game Outcome Points and Fixture Slot.

This is only the default Game Type. In the future, each grade can have multiple game types.


Cricket Australia only. Set the number of overs

Super Over

Cricket Australia only. Set whether a super over is applied in a tied game. This can then be set to be applied always or just in finals.

Grade Settings

Set the default settings for every grade in this competition. These settings can also be changed within individual grades.


Learn more about each setting in Managing Grades

Setting Description

Ladder Ranking View

Choose whether the ladder for this grade will use a ladder points average ranking type, or the total ladder points type. For more information, see the Ladder Types page.

Ladder visibility

Set whether the grade's ladder is to be visible on the organisation's PlayHQ Discover site.

Club Access Settings

Set club access that will be provided. This includes allowing clubs to enter scores usimg the Admin Portal and via electronic scoring. Every sport grants a different level of access by default.

Publishing Lineups

Association Admins have the ability to select when team lineups are published on the PlayHQ public site and participant portal.

Game Start Time (Default): The lineup will be published once the game commences.

When Selected: The lineup will appear as soon as the Club/Coach/ Team Manager makes the selection in the Admin Portal (GameDay) or the participant Portal (My Teams)

Set hours before Game: Select how many hours before the game starts you would like the lineup to appear.

Best Players

Choose to enable/disable best players.If enabled, you will need to select the amount of best players.

Player Points

Choose to enable/disable player points for the grade. If enabled, you will need to choose whether to Enforce a team total player points cap 

Finals eligibility

Choose to enable/disable finals eligibility for the grade. If enabled, you will need to select the value for minimum number of games played.


On completion, select the Create Competition button. A competition tile will be created on the Competition Management landing page.



Edit a competition

You can update the competition details at any time by selecting the relevant Competition tile, and then selecting the Settings tab. From here, you can update details using the General, and Grade Defaults sub-tabs.


Note: The Competition type cannot be edited. 

Update the information you would like to change, and then select Update & Save.


Delete a competition

You can delete a competition by selecting the relevant Competition tile, and then selecting the Settings tab. From the General sub-tab, select Delete competition.


Note: Delete competition will be disabled is the Competition contains one or more Seasons. 

Confirm the deletion by clicking 'Delete competition', or click 'Cancel' to return to the previous page without deleting the competition.


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