Tier 5 is the lowest tier in the GHL's competitive leagues, and the starting point of all teams. Tier 5 is the only tier with a salary cap, which is placed at $35 000 000. This can be bypassed if a team from Tier 4 which has surpassed the Tier 5 salary cap is demoted at the end of the season, however this is rare. The salary cap is to help newer players financially, steering them away from immediate bankruptcy. At the end of the season, no teams are demoted because there is not tier to be demoted to.