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  1. I’ve been away from the boards for a while, but I’ve still been looking at other soccer concepts for ideas. In about late-July I decided to revive it, but instead of building off of what I already had, I decided to go back to square one. I made the league brand new and doubled the teams to a whopping 48. So this is the biggest project design related I have ever done, and like I said before, I’ve been working on it (drawing up ideas, writing backstories, designing kits and crests) since about late-July. I hope you all enjoy this mammoth of a project and please don’t shy from C&C. I can take it. League Backstory: The Floridian Premier League was founded in 1940 to give an southern counterpart to the thriving American soccer leagues in states like California, Texas, and New York. It’s immediate success brought it to the same level as these other leagues and it has been a farm for successful play domestically with other state league sides. It is composed of 48 teams, the most sides of any league in America. 8 of those teams get relegated, and 7 of them go to the American Champions League. Its most successful club domestically is International Gardens, and its most successful club nationally is Lauderdale Athletic. Team List: Athletic Club Boca Biscayne Athletic Soccer Club Brevard Brevard Rockets Soccer Club Buena Vista United Cascades Soccer Club Clearwater Soccer Club Daytona Racing Club Soccer Club Deerfield Deportivo Miami Fort Brooke Soccer Club Soccer Club Fort Myers Freedom Tower Soccer Club Gateway Soccer Club Gold Coast Diamonds Gulf Shore Athletic Harbor City Soccer Club Hillsborough City Soccer Club Homestead City Soccer Club International Gardens Soccer Club Islanders Soccer Club Keys United Soccer Club Lakeland Swans Soccer Club Lauderdale Athletic Club Lighthouse United Soccer Club Locomotive Gainesville Menéndez Club de Futbol Miramar Club Deportivo Nautica Soccer Club Ocala Riders Soccer Club Orange County Soccer Club Palm Beach Maritime Panama City Soccer Club Paradise Soccer Club Pembroke Rovers Soccer Club Progress United Real Palmas Club de Futbol Reeves Soccer Club River City Soccer Club San Agustín 1565 Sporting Pensacola Springs United Soccer Club St. Johns Brigade St. Lucie Union Sunshine City Soccer Club Tampa Bay United Volucres Soccer Club Ybor City Soccer Club I’m gonna do a similar thing to TheGiantsFan where he has a famous person from that city represent the name on the shirt, and you have to guess it. In this concept I’ll post a league table, and at the end I’ll group the crests and home and away kits together to get a big idea of what the league looks like altogether. I’ll be posting the teams alphabetically and about one per day, maybe more. Anyways here's the first club...
  2. For the past year or so, I've been developing a fictional football league, the American Football Association. Before now, I have only focused simulating seasons using dice and developing a narrative to go along with it (if anyone is interested: an explanation is under the "Running the AFA" spoiler). However, I have recently decided to learn Photoshop and Illustrator, and have determined that the AFA is the perfect project to practice on. So, starting in 1946, I am designing the logo and uniform for each team. Once I have finished that year, I will continue progressing through seasons, and will introduce new designs whenever teams rebrand, change their uniforms, relocate, or expansion teams are added to the league. I am looking for feedback and criticism for every aspect of the designs, from the template (which is based largely on the one used by the gridiron uniform database) to the specifics details of how I put together each team. The year is: 1982 Current Divisions and Teams If anyone finds a bad link anywhere below, please send me a PM to let me know so that I can fix it. Thank you. Running the AFA League History Blog Index (under construction): http://afahistory.blogspot.com/p/archive.html History of Each Team's Logos: http://afahistory.blogspot.com/p/logos.html History of Each Team's Uniforms: http://afahistory.blogspot.com/p/afa-team-uniform-histories.html List of Victory Bowls: http://afahistory.blogspot.com/p/victory-bowls.html All logos and uniform may also be found on my Deviant Art. Championships by Team: Pittsburgh.....8 (1949, 58, 60, 63, 66, 69, 71, 76) New York.......4 (1946, 47, 48, 50) Washington.....4 (1967, 75, 77, 78) Detroit........3 (1961, 62, 64) Minnesota......4 (1955, 57, 79, 82) Chicago........2 (1951, 56) Colorado.......2 (1965, 1981) New Orleans....2 (1972, 74) St. Louis......2 (1953, 68) Boston.........1 (1954) Cleveland......1 (1959) Los Angeles....1 (1952) Philadelphia...1 (1973) San Diego.....1 (1980) Seattle........1 (1970)
  3. United National Baseball Association ------ UNBA World Championship Series Winners 1901-St Louis Steamers (84-57) 1902-Boston Beetles (91-49) 1st 1903-St Louis Steamers (79-61) 1904-Boston Brotherhood (105-49) 1905-Boston Brotherhood (94-60) 1906-Boston Brotherhood (93-61) 3rd 1907-Cleveland Grizzlies (94-60) 1st 1908-Philadelphia Boomers (94-60) 1st 1909-St Louis Steamers (88-66) 3rd 1910-New York Militia (95-59) 1st
  4. Welcome everyone to the California Professional Soccer League or CALPROSOL! I’ve been working on this project for over a year now, but I’m very slow and meticulous, so you may have already seen state-based leagues on the boards. Nevertheless, I’m excited to present these concepts to you and get some feedback. This fictitious league features 40 of the premier clubs in California. Many soccer clubs existed in California in the late 19th and 20th centuries, but they mostly played independent exhibitions. In 1935, 10 of the top clubs organized to form “The California League” or “La Liga California”. Expansions began after World War II in 1948 as the state and national economies began to grow. Today, the 40 CALPROSOL teams make up one of the largest and most profitable soccer leagues in the world. Below you will find some helpful information regarding the league history, season format, and aesthetic standards. The existing season format was introduced in 1988 as a way to reward teams for more complete seasons as well as give every team a chance to win the California Cup. Concepts are coming soon, just bear with me! I have a lot planned for this project, but for now, you will just see club identities and kits from the 2015-16 season. Here are some of the other things I hope to complete eventually: Kits for future seasons Goalkeeper kits Simulated seasons on Football Manager or something similar Stadium renderings (perhaps SketchUp or Revit, but probably not) Training gear, fan gear (scarves, shirts, hats and the like) Historical kits You are more than welcome to give C&C, but I can’t guarantee I'll use it. You understand, right? Without further ado, let’s get started! TL;DR – I’m going to make soccer concepts, I hope you like them.
  5. So with @gswansea kicking back up the WFA Club Championship, I've become inspired again to work on the MPL! I feel like last time a lot of the teams were rushed and ended up looking extremely basic. I was having a hard time being creative but I have a new idea to create coat of arms for each city as well as a detailed backstory to help me make each crest unique. This time around I'll start out with posting any logo updates/changes as well as new kits for the 2016-2017 season. In addition I'll try to post weekly match-day updates and scores +tables. I updated the map and just about all the names of cities and the two countries. The hypothetical location would be southwest of Ireland. Granon=French-like, Normania=English-like Not each city on the map will house a team, I was just trying to replicate Google Maps but eventually I'll create a map with the team's locations.
  6. So after entering some teams into @gswansea's WFA Club Championship and seeing @XenonDesigns rebooting the MPL, I decided to finally post the league I have been working on recently. I will begin with posting the first divison teams and then later continue on with the second tier. Vorticoa The fictional country of Vorticoa, which is hypothetically located as an island in the North Sea, the country houses a large francophone population with French being the primary language spoken, however in recent years foreigners have arrived to give the country a lot broader range of cultures. The one thing that unites the nation is football/soccer and with around thirty professional teams spanning across two tiers there is a lot of fan support and rivalry. Below is a map of Vorticoa with city names, each city houses at least one team with some larger cities housing two or more. The capital city of Vorticoa is Viselles which is indicated in red. With that out of the way, I'd like to introduce you to the highest divison in the Vorticoa pyramid, Championnat Vorticoa! Formed in 1988 as a merger of the existing Ligue Nord and Ligue du Sud, which were the North and South leagues, respectively. The aim was to create a nation-wide competition to further unite the nation. Starting off with 10 teams which was later expanded to 14 in 1990 and introduced promotion and relegation in 2000, the quality of the league has grown rapidly and is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. The title has only been won by 9 different teams with powerhouse Cieux City holding the most titles with 8 to their name. I will begin to start posting teams later today or tomorrow.
  7. League Background The KSF was formed on October 3, 21 NE (New Era) in Port Clinton, with 12 teams from 12 different cities all joining on the same day. The Thomas Almanac was written on this day as well and it was named for George Thomas, the first chairman of the KSF. It detailed future expansion, formation of new leagues and divisions, important dates, length of KSF seasons, etc. This is a quick summary of the first amendment to the Thomas Almanac: 1. A player can only start playing for a team at age 22 and has to retire at age 43. 1 1/2. A player has to be drafted in the KSF Draft in order to play. 2. In the KSF Draft, a team has to select 1 goalkeeper, 3 defenders, 3 midfielders, and 3 attackers in total. 3. The rookies have to be cut or replaced with a player on the roster already. 3 1/3. The non-rookie that is replaced has to be cut. 3 2/3. Players that are cut cannot be traded. 4. There can only be 10 starters playing for a team, not 11. 4 1/2. This means that there can only be 1 goalkeeper, 3 defenders, 3 midfielders, and 3 attackers on the field at a time. 5. There can be 7 substitutions for a team(1 GK, 2 D, 2 MF, 2 A). 5 1/2. Therefore, the other 13 players on a team are reserves. 6. There can only be 30 players playing for a team at a time. 7. The 1st 22 NE season will last from January 1, 22 to March 31, 22. 8. The 1st 22 NE transfer period will last from April 1, 22 to July 1, 22 9. The 2nd 22 NE season will last from July 2, 22 to September 30, 22 10. The 2nd 22 NE transfer period will last from October 1, 22 to December 30, 22 11. There will be 4 new teams per season, starting in the 2nd 22 NE season. 12. A league can only fit 40 teams. This is a background of the KSF. I hope you guys like my soccer federation so far and I will continue to update! Please post constructive comments, not hating comments. If you want to hate, send me a private message. N.C. Keyes
  8. Here is a small introduction, you can skip and go right to the uniforms if you'd like, but it all started when I was pretty young. I bet right around 10 years ago I created a fictional university based out of Grand Rapids, MI that I would create paper ice rinks and paper players and play games with it. As the years passed, the idea grew more and more becoming an entirely fictional-based college sports world called the NACA (National Association of Collegiate Athletics). I will not bore you with the specifics of that, but it's basically a 200 team world. When NCAA Football 2011 came out with TeamBuilder, everything changed. My fictional university which was just based on notebooks, now became something I could design and play games with. Southern Michigan University (known as the Knights) and the Great Lakes Conference became a reality. My 13 year-old self went online to find a logo (which I cannot identify and am no longer able to find it online, good thing I have it saved) and came up with this primary mark. This whole thing has evolved into probably over 100 files of different information from year by year results, to all-time draft picks. As I've gotten older I created a few secondary logos which I use throughout most teams. Here is a few quick notes before I show off the uniforms; Nike took over as the official athletic apparel provider for SMU in 2014, Nike began incorporating Battle Scars design into most of the teams uniforms this past season (you'll see it throughout all the major teams). Without further ado, here is what my life rotates around! Basketball Football Due to space concerns, I'll just show you the uniform schedule for this season. You can find 2015 here (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/drewstone7/media/Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 9.11.12 PM_zpszqkymrp2.png.html?sort=3&o=2) 2014 (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/drewstone7/media/Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 9.11.29 PM_zpsy4qjgtdo.png.html?sort=3&o=1) It's fun to see how your skills progress from year to year. My personal favorite is the 1985 throwback we wore twice last season. Baseball Hockey
  9. The Western Collegiate Ball Hockey Association (W.C.B.H.A.) is a fictional college ball hockey league located in the western United States. Teams compete using most of the same rules as the N.C.A.A. However one major rule change would be the floating blue line. The first season consist of 11 teams in the Pacific and Sierra conference. Teams play in 3 men’s divisions and 2 women’s divisions. Teams in the men’s and women’s division 1 play 34 games. Teams in the men’s and women’s division 2 play 24 games. Fallowing the regular season there is a single game elimination tournament with 8 teams. Teams in the men’s division 3 play 14 games. The regular season starts the first weekend in October and ends the last week of March. The tournament starts the first week of April. The men’s and women’s division 1 tournament will be held in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. The men’s and women’s division 2 tournament will take place in Reno at the Reno Events Center. The men’s and women’s division 3 tournament will take place in San Jose at the Sharks Ice at San Jose. For those of you who don’t know what ball hockey check this out: http://www.isbhf.com/en/about-sport-w4/basic-rules-w23/ Men’s division 1 Pacific conference San Jose State University Santa Clara University Stanford University St Mary’s College of California University of California, Berkeley University of San Francisco Sierra conference University of Nevada Reno University of California Davis University of the pacific University of Nevada Las Vegas California State University Sacramento Men’s division 2 Pacific conference San Jose State University Santa Clara University Stanford University University of California, Berkeley Sierra conference University of Nevada Reno University of California Davis University of Nevada Las Vegas California State University Sacramento Men’s division 3 Pacific conference San Jose State University Stanford University University of California, Berkeley Sierra conference University of Nevada Reno University of Nevada Las Vegas California State University Sacramento Women’s division 1 Pacific conference San Jose State University Santa Clara University Stanford University St Mary’s College of California University of California, Berkeley University of San Francisco Sierra conference University of Nevada Reno University of California Davis University of the pacific University of Nevada Las Vegas California State University Sacramento Women’s division 2 Pacific conference San Jose State University Santa Clara University Stanford University University of California, Berkeley Sierra conference University of Nevada Reno University of California Davis University of Nevada Las Vegas California State University Sacramento Logos:
  10. It's officially baseball season again, and Ive been working on my fictional baseball league for the past year or so since it sort of died a couple of years ago. I've come back with a lot better ideas and cut down the number of teams to pace myself better. If you followed that thread at all, you'll see its revival is under a new name: the United States Baseball League. You'll also notice that a lot of the teams are transferred over from that old league and it may seem like the histories should transfer over as well. These histories have no relation, everything's redone, so anything you remember from that thread, it doesn't apply. Also, none of today's actual leagues exist in this world, so keep that in mind. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The United States Baseball League was formed in 1930 when teams from Kansas City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, and New York came together and created the first professional sports league in America. Christopher Husley was elected as the first league president, and the Kansas City Browns took the first title. Husley was also elected as a charter member to the USBL Hall of Fame in 1965. Today, the USBL has inflated to 20 franchises, with the most recent expansion in 1996 and the next round of 4 coming in 2016. The USBL prides itself in small-market clubs, which it believes sets itself apart from other professional leagues in the US. Each season, 8 teams reach the postseason--the four best teams from the American and National Divisions. The first two rounds are both best-of-five matchups and the Championship Series for the John S. Branson Cup is a best-of-seven series. The USBL just released a new logo for the 2016 season. The red and blue surrounding the player represent the National and American Divisions. Uniform wise, the USBL is a classy league. Each team has home whites and road greys and is limited to three alternate jerseys, although none are required to have alternates. In addition, all teams will receive Memorial Day sets, 4th of July sets, and various special jerseys that honor multiple racial backgrounds (Latin American, Japanese, French, etc.). Patches are to be used for team-related anniversaries (10, 25, 50, 100), league-wide anniversaries, similar to the USBL's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2005, catastrophes or other current events, or in honor of former team members. Some other minor notes: Pullovers and sansabelt pants never were a fashion in the 1970s, and thus will not be used for throwbacks. This may change, who knows. Also, batting practice jerseys were never used. The standard attire for BP is the team-issued t-shirt or normal jersey and, in some cases, an alternate BP hat. In the spring leagues, most teams choose to wear their standard homes and roads and forgo the alternates. You'll note this series includes field designs as well. All bullpens are required to be out of the field of play, which means a wall separating the playing surface from the bullpens. Oh, and the concept of a designated hitter was shot down in the early 50s and has never been challenged, so it looks like they'll never make their way into the USBL. Original League Logo: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Iowa Dusters | Portland Loggers | Seattle Captains | New Mexico Suns | New York Knights | California Grizzlies | Arizona Sidewinders | Indiana Tribe | Colorado Kings | Omaha Cyclones | Pittsburgh Flying Shearmen | San Francisco Fire | Jacksonville Gators | Texas Lonestars | Nashville Blues | Chicago Wind Sox | St. Louis Archers | Boston Masons | Florida Blue Herons | Washington Potomacs | Philadelphia Liberty | Brooklyn Privateers | San Antonio Phantoms | St. Paul Loons July 4 Uniforms
  11. So because I have no life as many of you guys don't either, I decided to make a CCSLC account. I did this so I can present my Madden CFM league thing. I took all of the AFC teams and relocated them to almost all of the cities on CFM that you can relocate to. There are 18 options, but since there's only 16 teams I didn't use Salt Lake City or Houston, because the team name/logo options sucked (with the exception of the Oilers.) I left the NFC teams alone and pretend they don't exist. What I do is simulate the games so I can watch and not control them. I will post weekly highlights and scores of the league when I can. Here are the rules and set up of the league: - A simulated fantasy draft was held at the beginning of the first season. - 7 min quarters, but game mode is set to "fast" so the scores are realistic to a real NFL game - 12 games per season, excluding preseason (each team plays an NFC team 4 times, but it counts as a forced win for the AFC team) -AFC championship counts as the final "championship" (super bowl is simulated and ignored) Here is an overview of the teams, but I'll post in depth each team later (uniforms, roster, etc): East: -London Black Knights -London Bulldogs -Brooklyn Bulls -Dublin Celtic Tigers North: -Columbus Aviators -Toronto Thunderbirds -Chicago Tigers -Portland Snowhawks South: -Oklahoma City Bisons -Mexico City Diablos -Orlando Sentinels -Memphis Steamers West: -Austin Desperados -San Antonio Dreadnoughts -Sacramento Miners -Los Angeles Red Dragons
  12. Hey guys, I've always been interested in doing concepts for fictional sports leagues and I have noticed that there are definitely some cities for which assigning a name can be exceedingly difficult. Like I'm sure many of you do, I try to give my team names some sort of connection with the city (historical, economical, whatever) but for some cities I have major problems. So my question for discussion is, what cities give you the most trouble when doing a fictional league? I know for me my top three are usually LA, Charlotte, and Toronto. Would love to hear what everyone else thinks on the subject!
  13. Hello all! Haven't been on the boards for a while but more time is free for me to do some designing so without further aideu - MLS 2020 - A look into the future Heres a few things to note before we get into it - Posts will come somewhat regularly, but i do have to be a student, so no guarantees. Many Thanks, Asterix
  14. Hey guys, I'm only a newbie to this site, and I've been inspired by some of the great concept series such as Raysox's Yakball and In_a_rush's URL, to create my own fictional sport. It's called Bucketball. Well, it's not entirely new I guess, my brother and I Invented a form of the sport wayback. But nevertheless, I'd like to showcase it to you americans. A brief outline of some rules of this fine game- (Template is an adapted form of Darth Brook's basketball court psd. Cheers Darth) Aim- The aim of the game is to score as many buckets as possible - 4 x 10 minute quarters - Middle bucket is worth 4, outer ones 2. A shot outside the pin that goes in is a bonus point. - 5 players on court allowed atone time. These are ... 1 x Lynch ( Kind of a goaltender. Called this due to the pin shape in which he's allowed to roam in. 2 x Rogues (Defenders. Called this due to there rough, no frills type playing style.) 2 x Questors ( Attackers. Shoot at all the buckets.) - Only 3 substitutions allowed per quarter - Players must bounce the ball along the ground at least once when passing the ball. - Ball must be passed at least three times before a shot is allowed to be taken. - 2 minute powerplay If a player gives away an Orange or Yellow Card. - A player can only take a maximum 3 paces without passing. - Bucketball is a minimal contact sport. If a player with the ball is indefinitely being pushed around free passes are given. At the moment this will only be an 8 team league, with possible expansion across the world later. Here's a bit of a league map for ya. The first team, from the sporting capital of the world, will be... Melbourne! Can't wait to share this with you guys.
  15. Hey guys! I've been on the boards for around a year and a half, and after seeing all the amazing work on the boards, and having probably too much time on my hands during school, I decided i'm going to finally start my own project on the boards. I'm pretty much entirely self-taught on Photoshop, and haven't really done anything graphically besides this, but why not, right? Today i'm introducing the Deutsche Meisterschaft: Germany's top-flight football league since 1957. Otherwise known as the DFB Meisterschaft, or simply the Meisterschaft, Many pundits rate the league as the second finest in the world. The major kit rules surrounding the Meisterschaft center on the league-wide font, dual side patches, and a deal created in 2005 in which the DFB hands monetary bonuses to teams that sign German shirt sponsors. Not all teams follow the rule, but most do. Let me know what you think of the logo, and the first team, FC Dusseldorf, will be up soon!
  16. A few days ago, I finally decided to join the boards after lurking for months. After seeing both the AFA and PHL, I was inspired to create a fictional basketball league. However, I have no Photoshop or Illustrator skills, so I am doing this hand-drawn with colored pencils. This league starts in 1947, and is the first organized basketball league since the war. I will not include logos in this series, and the main reason for that is because I am horrible at drawing animals. The inaugural 10 teams are: Cleveland Bulldogs, New York Knights, Washington Eagles, Pittsburgh Smokies, Richmond Steamers, Philadelphia Colonels, Boston Minutemen, Baltimore Admirals, Chicago Lions,and the Detroit Warriors. I am looking for feedback and criticism so I can not only show off my personal league, but get help on my drawing.
  17. Well I'm back. I've been away from this site for about two months and I've kinda just been looking at other fictional soccer leagues that I thought looked great. So I decided to try one out my self. Instead of last project being based off of Florida, this one is based entirely off of a completely made up country, Fortlaudia (named after my hometown Fort Lauderdale). I feel as I've failed to finish previous concepts because I was focusing more on the backstory instead of the actual design. So I decided to make something a little smaller than previous concepts so I can actually finish something for once. I apologize that the first set isn't using the new Nike template, but I finished that team before I saw Raysox release his NuSoccer template, so props to him for creating this beauty of a template. Without further adieu I present to you the Fortlaudian Premier League! So I've decided to do this league in pairs of fours, so since there's 16 clubs, I'll be posting new teams 3 other times. But I won't just post teams however. I plan on posting league tables (standings) every now and then, and toward the end of the project I'll post scores and a bracket for the Chevrolet FF Cup (League Cup). And once the winner of the league is announced at the very VERY end, I might make some "League Champions" designs and banners. Enough of the technical details, let me explain the backstory of the country and the league. Fortlaudia used to be a part of the empires France, Germany, and Spain, but a treaty had to be signed that the country's respective parts of Fortlaudia had to become part of that country. But in the 16th century, Fortlaudia managed to gain independence from all those countries, with the aid of England. At that point all the parts of the Fortlaudian area united and it became one large country. Many of the English who helped Fortlaudia gain freedom settled there and formed the province known as Bradford (named after the war commander who gave Fortlaudia independence, Charles Bradford). The French, German, and Spanish portions of Italy all picked up culture and language from their former rulers. The Spanish land became known as Costero which means coastal in Spanish. The German land became known as Flachland meaning flatland in German. And the French land became known as Lancier meaning Lancer in French, which is named after the English ruler who signed the treaty that brought the area to Fortlaudia, named Alexander Lancer. The Fortlaudian Premier League was formed in 1898 with only two clubs, who were both in Bradford known as AFC Bradford and Harold City. The two clubs eventually turned into two clubs that currently play in the league today, and by the 1900's four more clubs were added. Five clubs were based in Bradford and one based in Flachland. The league didn't add teams from Lancier or Costero until the 1940's, but they couldn't play due to World War II. The league went on hiatus for about 8 years until 1949, when it started to add many more teams. By the 60's there were 16 clubs in the league. By this time the UEFA Champions League had started, UEFA granted clubs from Fortlaudia entrance to it, and the top 3 finishers would qualify. by the early 70's the Europe League had started as well and the 4th and 5th place finishers would qualify for it. Despite being part of European competition and now having 16 clubs, the league lacked something: a league cup. So in 1978, the FF Cup (later sponsored by Chevrolet) was founded. Several clubs immediately came out as favorites to win it with strong performances in that each year, even if some failed to win the league (*cough cough* Arsenal). By the 90's world class players were brought to the clubs and the FPL became recognized as the 6th largest league in Europe behind the BPl, Bundesliga, Liga BBVA, Serie A, and Ligue 1. Well that's everything folks, hope you enjoy my new series as I know I will. COUNTRY MAP
  18. FLORIDA PREMIER LEAGUE Welcome to my first fictional league, Florida Premier League. The idea behind this was to create a European-style soccer (or football) league with 20 teams from the biggest cities around Florida. Since Florida is my home state, I thought I should incorporate it into one of my next concepts. FPL HISTORY The Florida Premier League was founded in 1919 as the Florida Football Federation. The League started out with only 6 clubs, 3 of which still compete in the league in 2016. The League was one of the original members of the AFA (American Football Association), which also started out with leagues from California, Texas, New York, and Illinois. The FFF immediately rose to the top as the best soccer league in America. The 6 inaugural clubs were the 6 greatest clubs in the nation, but as time went on the league couldn't survive with just 6 clubs, so 6 more clubs were formed. At this point the FFF was starting to gain more supporters, and numerous people across Florida were die-hard fans of their respective teams. In 1943, during the peak of World War II, the league decided to go on hiatus, due to Florida's geographical vulnerability. The league resumed play in 1946, one year after WWII's end, and they were renamed as the Florida Premier League. The FPL added 8 new sides, and the AFA decided to add a lower-tier league in Florida as well, known as the Florida Championship. By the 70's the FPL had become a cultural phenomenon in Florida, and the clubs started to be able to sign big name players such as Johan Cruyff and Gerd Müller. In 1977, the American Champions League was formed, and the top four finishers from the FPL were able to compete in this event. However, this meant the clubs had to compete in more games, and the players started to feel they were underpaid. Before the 1979/1980 season the players union went on strike. This caused the league to go into a lockout, that became one of the longest lockouts in American sports history. The lockout lasted for 4 seasons, and by the 1983/1984 season, the union was finally able to reach an agreement with the AFA about wages and salaries. The league continued play in 1984, and had a new feeling to it. The games seemed more entertaining, the players, more motivated, and the goals, more electric. This excitement carries on today as the FPL has become the greatest soccer league in the States. OTHER INFO ABOUT THIS CONCEPT At the end of the concept you will be able to vote on your favorite design (via the boards) and which ever club receives the most votes will be the champion of the 2015/2016 FPL season. The final standings will be released at the end of the voting. LEAGUE LOGO
  19. Presenting the official league structure for the sport of Dice Racing: The WRS, which stands for "Wide Rolled of Sports" (say it out loud and the joke will make better sense.) Think of the WRS as the "FIFA" of Dice Racing. It's the governing body that came in and purchased and unified all the various leagues, organizations, tournaments, and otherwise chaotic elements of the sport that had existed for a long time. (More detail about the league and design concepts.) Any and all C&C is welcome, as this project is primarily to force me to master all of the graphic design tools at my disposal. My day job is a video producer, so almost all of my regular design work comes in that form, rather than pure logo or graphic design. I especially want to master Illustrator, as my current level of experience is basically very rough and crude manipulation to prepare graphics for animation or other video work.
  20. Yes, I know this is the second time doing this but I felt it needed an update that was more than just adding to the original topic. Map: Bottom left is Larcons and Taurun is the bigger section. Without further ado, Monarch Island consists of 2 countries: Taurun (English/British-Based) and Larcons (French-based). The league has 20 teams and does include promotion/relegation. First up, Le Port FC C&C is welcome
  21. Let's try this again! My apologies for the novella I wrote last time. I am looking for fun ideas to add to my 'uniform' template for my dice racing league. The dice are the participants and I am looking for gear, uniforms, etc to add to my template to make it feel like a fully-formed league. The 'sport' is that real world dice are rolled and the scores tabulated, however, the overall theme is to incorporate and/or suggest a wide variety of sports are represented. This Dice Racing League draws on the aesthetics and organization of everything from Soccer to American Football to Horse Racing to Hockey, Basketball and Baseball. For my template, I want a uniform and gear to have lots of interesting surfaces and shapes in which to place logos, stripes, wordmarks, colors, etc. Here's a rough first draft of what I see. Right now it's got a football-ish helmet and a racing spoiler as part of the aesthetic. I'd like to incorporate more concepts from other sports. Could be a pedestal, could be a banner, could be racing silks. What are some other items that could be tastefully added to this template? I did this mockup in Photoshop, but for when I finally put this together, I'm going to use a 3D program to create everything so I can animate the scenes as well as have still images from a wide variety of interesting angles. Thanks in advance!
  22. Your ideas wanted! The tl;dr version is that I'm looking for interesting ways to present a six-sided die as the 'player' upon which team-related branding, logos, etc could be created like in any real sport template. Any items or 'gear' need to incorporate something like the image of the six-sided die above as part of the template. If there's a 'helmet' it needs to be one that a six-sided die could wear. But in this sport, dice teams are almost more like thoroughbred horses. It's a single entity that competes in races. But they are also considered like a 'team'. Just no team members or players. If you have any clever ways a cube could be displayed in a sports template, send them my way. No idea is too silly. But I'm taking this very seriously. I'm not wanting actual templates sent to me, as that's something I plan on creating myself, but I'll gladly accept any visualizations you might have. Thanks in advance! ============================================================================================================ ========================================================================================================== ===================================================================== For those of you who find this sort of sport/league creation interesting (like me), here's the way too longer version of what I'm looking for. After years of lurking and commenting on this forum, with only a few actual bits of content posted, I'm finally ready to have some fun with my Magnum Opus series. It's going to be probably uninteresting to the vast majority of the people here, but it's something I'm going to have fun with for the next several years. It's going to combine many of my little hobbies and things that aesthetically or sportistically please me, from logo design, to league history, to stadium creation, to uniform design, to simulating sports, to creating team merchandise, to cool data visualization, to trading cards, to book design. Yes, it's ridiculously ambitious. I've got it all more or less lined out, there's just one aspect that's giving me fits right now. And that's the way I can present a uniform or jersey in this fictional sport I'm creating. From the subject and header graphic above, you have probably guessed it has something to do with dice. You are correct. But it's not just using dice to simulate the results of this sport. The dice ARE the sport. The generic term for my fake sport is "Dice Racing", and it's as basic as that. I roll a lot of dice (or simulate it using a complex spreadsheet) and tabulate the results. Yes, I realize this is stupid, but you just have to go with me on this. I first created this game/league/hobby/antfarm 30 years ago, back in 1986, as something to do while I was waiting for my turn in role-playing games. It started off as just rolling dice while bored (that RPG used as many as 30 dice at a time, so I always had a big pile of them to fiddle with), but then I started getting interested in which number came up most out of that thirty dice. And then keeping track of which numbers did better over time. And then creating a 'standings'. And then codifying a league structure. And then assigning team names to the numbers. Etc. As these things go, it's evolved and grown over the years until it's become the ridiculous entity it is today, which you will see. In fact, back in 2005, it was looking for cool team names and logos to use for some of the teams in my league that first led me here to Sportslogos.net. (it all comes back around). So, what I need YOU to help with: In the world of this sport, there are basically sponsored Dice Teams or Dice Clubs. A typical race or game has 54 dice being rolled, with the numbers (1-6) being placed in their column and tabulated at the end. Each number in that race will have a team assigned to it, such as the Piranhas assigned to the number 6. So in essence, there are no "players" in this sport. There's just the entity of the Dice Club. This club has an identity of some kind, which is basically the team name. Generally these were real sports team names, especially at the beginning, such as the original named lineup including "Bears", "Dolphins", "Canadiens" and "Celtics", but have evolved to be made-up team names (such as many created here in SportsLogos) as well as more soccer-style non-mascot names such as "1836" (the Houston-based team, 1836 being the year of Texas Independence), "Bedrock DT" (the Flinstsones-based team, with the DT standing for Dice Team, in soccer "FC" parlance). There's nearly 1000 teams making up this massive association at this point, so there are styles of names all over the map, based on a nearly infinite number of things. With the team being a vague "entity", they've generally fallen under the basic concept of being like a thoroughbred race horse. Which is appropriate, as they are racing. So that's where things have clogged up for me. I want to create something filling in for what is normally a jersey or uniform or helmet in other sports. In this sport, there's just the dice. No people. The graphic of the die posted above is how I visually see a die being represented in most instances. I like that angle because it makes a basic hexagonal shape, which flows nicely with everything in the league being based on the number six. My first thought is to just color the dice in team colors, but that's kind of limiting. You have the faces of the die, and the number pips on the sides. That's two colors. You could have each face of the die be a different one of the teams' dominant colors, but you'll only see three faces at any given time, which is visually boring really quickly. Plus there's the matter of logos being needed to be represented. My second thought is to double-down on the horse-racing metaphor, and introduce "Racing Silks" as part of the visual presentation. In my team template, this could be in the form of a banner behind the featured die, or maybe it's draping a pedestal that the die is sitting on. My third thought is to really embrace the silliness of the entire league (the big inter-league championship game is called the Super Roll. Every few seasons, a massive gathering of teams compete in the Rollympics. Another regular tournament is the Rolled Cup. You get the idea. I've got dozens of similar dice/rolling puns). So maybe create a square-ish "helmet" or cap or something that sits on top of the die's 'head'. Or maybe it's a square or hexagonal thing that hangs below the die. All while incorporating a racing silk or banner. I don't want to make the dice into people, with arms and legs, though. The square/cube aesthetic will be the driving force at all times. Bottom line, from a graphic design perspective, I want something that provides an interesting shape or container in which to place logos and stripes and color combos and such. One of my favorite parts of this Concepts Forum is seeing all the unique ways people fill the shape of a football helmet, or a baseball uniform, everything from minimalistic to gaudy. I'd like the basic idea of this "uniform" to be simple, but also versatile. I want it to be instantly recognizable as the 'gear' that this sport uses, but I don't want it to necessarily look like anything that already exists for other sports. That's what I love so much about Yakball and the other made-up sports. It's just fun to see different types of containers and constraints placed on a design. Some Iconography, visuals, and themes connected to this sport that could be mined for ideas. Cubes. Hexagons. Dots (like on a die). The number six. The various facings on a die (the fact that there are six sides/faces on a die) Tracks/lanes (like a track and field track). Horse racing. Auto racing (especially sponsorship/branding of cars) Racing of any kind. Stables or Racing Teams (such as Bob Baffert's Racing Stable, or Team Penske auto racing.) Lineages (such as thoroughbreds having offspring that go on to race). (yes, in this sport, teams can go out to 'stud' and have offspring that bring further glory to the family name). The sport of Dice Racing also attempts to incorporate nearly every other sport into its world, at least thematically. The kickoff to any season is the Roll Call, which is like a cross between the FA Cups in national soccer leagues and with the NCAA basketball tournament, meaning that every single team in the entire sport (nearly a thousand at this point) gets a chance to compete every season (all done through computers, obviously). The winners move on to the Big Leagues, filling the spots of the newly-relegated teams from the previous season. Each of the Big Leagues (there are two leagues, one historic, and one upstart) features three divisions in which there is soccer-style Promotion/Relegation. Three teams in each league get Relegate out of the league entirely and sent to Exile (which is a sort of "Phantom Zone" where all the exiled teams compete for a chance to earn a single slot in the Roll Call, hoping to make it back to the Big Leagues.) The winner of the A Division is named the Champion of that league. The two champions then compete in the special Super Roll, much like the original Super Bowl featured the winners of the AFL and NFL. The winners of the six divisions (three in each of the two Big Leagues) compete in the Rolled Series. How we get there is that each season has ten races/games, which determines the champion. In each 54-dice race, any team/number that accumulates 10 or more dice is credited with a Win. Wins are worth two points in the standings. If that team also happens to be the highest-scoring team, it's awarded a First, which counts as an additional point in the standings. Getting exactly 9 in a race counts as a Tie, which is based on the idea that if all six numbers (1-6) all roll the exact same number of dice out of 54 dice, it comes out to 9. A typical winning points total in a ten-race season is 15, based on around six Wins and three Firsts. Over time, the concept of "Six" has become one of the primary ideas in the league. It starts with their being six sides on a die, of course, so six teams compete in a typical race. The "Six" motif continues in that the world of the sport isn't based on nations, but six "Kingdoms", which is a general theme-based grouping of teams. These six are "Genre", which incorporates all teams themed around sci-fi, fantasy, animation, comic books (all stuff I love and felt it deserved its own unique grouping.), "Entertainment", which is based on all other non-genre movies, TV shows, music, etc, "Nature", which is where all animal-based teams go if they aren't affiliated with any other genre, "Historical", which is where all monarchy-based team names (like "Pharaohs") go, as well as military-based team names, crime-based team names, and future tech-based team names. "Sports" is where all actual sports teams go, which is anything that's based on an existing real team (such as the "Midway Monsters" being an offspring of the Chicago Bears). Around a third of the 1000 teams are directly affiliated with one of these five Kingdoms. The remainder are Free Agents, and are affiliated with the sixth Kingdom, the "Independent States". The membership of this particular Kingdom varies from year to year, based on which Free Agents earn the right to represent the Independent States. In a nutshell, in the final Roll Call lineup each season, the 1000 teams are whittled down to 216 who are invited to the Roll Call. This 216 is made up of each Kingdom sending 36 teams which are drawn from their directly-affiliated teams. The Independent States has a separate giant race where the 700 or so Free Agent teams are whittled down to 36. Two of the Independent States' 36 slots are made up of Exiles. Each of the six Kingdoms crowns a single winner in Roll Call, of which those are promoted into the Big Leagues filling the six (three in each League) slots that were just relegated. Furthering the "Six" motif, each Kingdom is made up of Six "Houses", which are basically themed sub-divisions within that themed Kingdom, such as "Scales" in the Nature Kingdom for all reptile-based team names or "Humor" within the Entertainment Kingdom, or "Football" within the Sports Kingdom. Houses can be further sub-divided into six "Minor Houses" where each of these even more focused themings will compete to represent one slot in a House. (following all this, those of you who bravely kept reading?) The beauty of this sport is that allows me to continually add new teams as I come across them. There are several dozen teams based on logos or ideas presented here in the Concept Forums. The most recent team name I came up with and added to the database is "Space Pants", based on the recent SNL skit. Any real or fictional team, or animal, or fake organization in a comic book, or anything you can think of is eligible for being added to the list. It's always exciting to see one of these random teams emerge from the quagmire that is the yearly Roll Call event, and get called up to the Big Leagues, where they have a chance to work their way up from Division C to Division A. Many teams get immediately relegated right back out into Exile (three of six Division C teams get relegated each season), so it's a pretty big deal when a team moves up the ladder and starts making a name for itself. While most fake sport or league creators ask that people not send in their ideas for team names, I actually hunger for them! If it's not one that's already in the database, I'm happy to add any cool new team name to the Free Agent pool. Even if it's an existing name, it can be easily modified (usually) to make it unique. So, much like Ethiopian food relief, if you send me a team name you'd like to add to the database, every season, I'll send you a virtual postcard letting you know how your team did. At minimum, every team competes in the Free Agent Draft Race and/or Roll Call. My fun dream is that enough people submit teams that I can create a Minor House (The Creamer League) where all these teams compete directly against each other. And if anyone wants to run their own "Big League", I can send over the giant spreadsheet file that serves as the backbone of this entire bloated mess. Those teams can even be added to my giant statistical results database, where all teams can be evenly and fairly ranked. The reason why an even/fair ranking is even possible is because at its heart, Dice Racing is utterly and perfectly random. No team has any strengths or weaknesses that modify a result like in all other sports simulations. In any 54 dice race, every number (1,2,3,4,5,6) has an equal chance at being rolled as any other. Therefore, a score of 19 being rolled is a big deal, no matter what level of competition it was rolled in. So a team on the absolute lowest level of the Roll Call ladder scoring 20 in a single race (and breaking the record) is as valid and arguably more important than a team scoring 19 in a League Championship game. It's all even. The only thing changing the 'value' of the result is the context. All things being equal, any accomplishment made in Division A is more impressive than the same thing being done in Division B or C or in a Roll Call. All sports is just numbers. It's only the contextual value we place on those numbers where the epic stories and figures of sports emerges. Dice Racing allows for a relatively simple way to simulate the entire scope of sports stories. Who's going to be the first Roll Call winner to advance all the way and win a League Championship? Which teams will emerge as the Yankees or Patriots or UConn Women's Basketball Team? Or which team will emerge as the Secretariat, being the fastest team of all time and beating all comers? Which team will emerge from Exile and make it back to the Roll Call and then back to the Big Leagues and then WIN the League Championship? Which Offspring will carry on their family's legacy and bring new glory to the family? Which Kingdom will somehow dominate among the six? Which House among the 36? Which teams will Retire and move on to the Roll of Fame? Which teams will do well enough over a period of seasons to get invited to the big inter-season events such as the Rollympics, the Rolled Cup, the Face-Off, or the Champion's League? At it's absolute basic level, Dice Racing is really nothing more than Cool Logo Racing. Which one will emerge as the best? ================================================================= ================================================================== =================================================================== So if you have any fun ideas for how I can make a D6 feel like it's a member of a team, send them my way!
  23. It is my pleasure to introduce the newly formed Legends Hockey League! This will be the NHL's equivalent to the PGA's Champions Tour. As many NHL players retire because they find they simply can't keep up with the league any more, they find they still have the competitive fire within them and what they miss most is the comradery between the guys. This league gives them the chance the continue on playing at a fairly high level but doing so in a less win-at-all-costs environment and in a much shorter season allowing them to spend more time with their families. Below I will walk you through the basics of the make-up of the league, and then post the League homepage with the logos for all 16 teams participating. Eligibility - Must be at least 40 years of age as of December 31, OR have been retired from the NHL for 2 full seasons. - Must be a member of the NHLPA Pension (minimum 160 NHL games) - Playing 1 game in the LHL means you are no longer eligible to play in the NHL. Season The LHL season is 36 games and runs from November through January, with the playoffs being completed in February. Rules & Rosters - Body Checking is not allowed (2 min penalty) - 4 on 4 and then 3 on 3 in OT - Rosters are 18 players, usually 9 forwards, 7 defencemen, 2 goalies. - No coaches, Team Captains generally put together lines and run practices. The salaries are generally between $80,00 and $160,000. Keep in mind all of these players are already on the NHLPA's pension, and are not in it for the money so much. Lower salaries keep ticket prices down for families that may not be able to afford NHL games. The teams are all located in cities that don't have NHL teams, but all have a history of supporting hockey teams. Next I will post the team page. I will warn you all of the logos are very simple, these are the first logos I have eve created. I am looking for lots of C&C on my logos, and on anything in the league as well. If you have any thoughts, idea, concerns or criticisms on anything posted here please let me know! And without further adieu, The league Homepage:
  24. A continuation of teams from a minor league or semi-pro league the Great Lakes Hockey Assoc. Following the Marathon Argos and the Chicago Huskies. These are the Ann Arbor Blues. Not like the music blues but the color after the Michigan Wolverines. The the oak tree and the three stripes on the roundel and throughout the design comes from the flag of Ann Arbor. The shield logo is to have a university look to it with the Latin phrase "Fortes Fortuna Iuvat" meaning "Fortune Favors the Brave" I have some ideas for teams but any ideas for teams would be welcomed. Teams do not need to be on the lake just in states and provinces surrounding them. Next possible team is the Mackinac Islanders or another name, maybe a team in Green Bay or somewhere in Wisconsin. Any comments welcomed and appreciated. This will be sent to HJC later on
  25. Hello everyone. With the NIHA pretty much in the toilet, I want to start something new. Its called FIHO, or Fédération Internationale de Hockey. If you guessed that it was a fictional governing body for hockey, you are correct. It will feature teams, confederations, a World Cup-esque tournament, jersey concepts, and even fictional players. First I'll talk about the organization of the federation. Like FIBA, the continents are divided into five zones: the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The countries are further divided into subzones, where the teams will play in order to qualify for the yearly confederation tournaments. (More on that when I talk about the big tournament.) As for what teams are in what zone, it's roughly based on continent. For example, because Mexico is clearly part of North America, it is in the Americas zone. But, for a team like Russia, which spans two continents, it will be in Europe because most of its largest cities are in European Russia. Full member lists and logos for the confederations will be up later, but for now, that's all Im saying. Hope you all like the new topic! -dallasstar03