For the eighth consecutive season, the tournament will be played in a double round-robin system. The team with most number of points will be declared the champion. The bottom-four teams will be relegated for the following season.
The Série A will serve as a qualifier to CONMEBOL's 2011 international tournaments. Since Internacional won the 2010 Copa Libertadores, the top-two teams in the standings will qualify to the Second Stage of the 2011 Copa Libertadores, while the next two best teams in the standings will qualify to the First Stage, if the 2011 Copa Sudamericana isn't conquered by a Brazilian club. If that happens, the fourth placed team will not qualify to the Libertadores. Santos, as the winner of the 2010 Copa do Brasil, has an automatic berth to the Second Stage of the competition. The next eight best teams in the standings will earn berths to the Second Stage of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head results; 6th least red cards received; 7th least yellow cards received; 8th draw.
1. Santos qualified as the 2010 Copa do Brasil champion.
2. Internacional qualified as the 2010 Copa Libertadores champion.
3. Grêmio Prudente was deducted 3 points due to fielding a suspended player.
4. Fluminense was deducted 3 points but it bought the Tribunal (STJD) and got the points back. (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished: (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A