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  1. Howdy! Another crack at this I shall be taking. Less bogged down in historical minutiae and more designer-rific content. Kits, logos, stadiums! With that said, here's some.....historical minutiae ..... Historically, the Pacific Electric Railway Co. was primarily a Los Angeles area land development scheme. Profits came from the PE shareholders routing rail lines through their land holdings to facilitate development. Passenger service alone never made a profit. Fictitiously, creating a sports league to provide attractions along PE routes would encourage development and fill the trolley cars on match days. In the beginning there was the Pacific Electric Football League, and it was very good. So good that another organization, the Trolley League, established clubs at stops along the PE routes. For decades the two leagues had a handshake agreement implementing a promotion/relegation system and a unified league cup. Occasionally friction erupted, like with the transfer freeze of 1924, yet eventually the two leagues became a single entity in 1949. When land development declined, the lines ended general service and became a seasonal system serving only the PE leagues during its match days. In 1972 the league re-branded to reflect its unified organizational structure and to distance itself from its streetcar heritage. The Otto Aicher-inspired or ripoff league logo invited much litigation and proved unpopular however, and a more traditional design replaced it. Following a resurgence of public light rail patronage in the early 1990's, the league retro-branded to embrace its history. Though it is branded as an independent league, the Trolley League remains the Second Division of the PE league. A visual aid: ...and a league map. As each club concept is completed the map info will be updated. #motivation In this concept, Association football is as American as apple pie and Los Angeles. The nation looks upon this region with a curious awe and befuddlement.
  2. The American Super League is something I had fun making for the hell of it. It's another one of those "What if" leagues that represents what a tiered American Soccer System could look like. A brief history: The ASL was formed in 1960 when a pair of regional leagues, along with a few independent teams merged and gave themselves the name the "American Premier League". in 63 it was changed to the "American Super League". The league slowly grew from the original 15 to 20 and in 1972 the ASL purchased a relatively young but financially unstable league called the Southern States. Aside from one team in Richmond, VA, there were no Southeastern teams at the time. This purchase also lead to a land rush of teams and even a merger with a west coast league. By time things settled down in 1988 the ASL had 3 divisions with the ASL League 1 at 25 teams and League's 2 and 3 at 20 teams. In 1990 the ASL started one last land-rush for teams when it announced intentions to start a fourth division by 1996. When 1996 came, the ASL announced quite an unusual Derby. The 15 expansion teams would face a randomly draw opponent who had finished in the bottom five of one of the other 3 divisions. If that team won by aggregate, they would replace the team they defeated. Controversial as it was, for the most part the expansion teams lost. The only major upset was Playa FC a Long Beach,CA based team defeating Memphis Egyptians FC (3-1 1-1). Playa FC turned out to be a major influence in the league. It is said with out them the ASL wouldn't be where it is today without them. This is mostly due to their 2007 signing of an an aging English megastar, which many people say is the turning point in ASL's journey from cult status to the mainstream in American sports culture. Today the ASL consists of a 25 team first disvision, 20 team second and third Division and an 18 team fourth division. NOTES: a lot of logos here go for a minimalist look not unlike something you'd see at home in the Bundesliga. Teams like Hannover96, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV were big inspirations here. I will be posting the first two teams in a few minutes, C&C is more than welcome and is in fact encouraged. EDIT: Took down the league logo, the fact I wasn't happy with it, combined with the comments McCraeWilliams made, made me want to go back to the drawing board with it.