The Vestriasian Elite League is relatively top heavy, with a few clubs dominating the playoff race every year over the past 20 seasons. We'll explore the league a bit and give you a sense of the different teams and what their story is.
The nice thing about this league is, there's no promotion and relegation, so you can get invested knowing these are the 16 teams you'll deal with year in and year out around the league. There has been a bit of a shift at the time in recent years, though. Here's the breakdown of all sixteen clubs.
THE BOTTOM FEEDERS
EASTERN SUBURBS, WESTERN SUBURBS
The two worst teams in the league by far. Eastern actually has one top 10 finish in their history (2033-34) and Western has finished as high as 8th, but neither has a playoff appearance to their name. Part of this is about the teams being located in non-power centers of Vestrian football and the other part is they are just largely hot garbage.
Another bottom feeder is Rigby United. A team that plays in the actual city limits, they're a forgotten club that has NEVER finished higher than double digits in their history. Their highest finish in club history is a 10th place finish in 2019-20. They're also the worst drawing club in the league -- their record high for attendance is 1,044 and so most people believe if this league had promotion/relegation this would be the team to go down first and foremost.
Nobody cares about them, they have no real fan base outside of their shareholders who are fans.
The Yellow and Black have never won the league title, but they did win a Champions League title in 2021 and have been runner up twice during the early years of the tournament (2015, 2016). Recent times have been hard though, they've only made the playoffs once in the past 16 years.
The Actors don't do a great job of acting like winners. They've NEVER made a playoff appearance. In fact, their best league finish in club history was a 10th place finish three seasons ago. So if you're looking for a team to grow with, pick these guys -- no one else will.
THE MIDDLE CLASS
The former most dominant team in Vestriasia has not fared as well in the modern era. All five of their playoff appearances came before 2019. If you want a team that might someday get it together or if you want a storied history to cheer about, pick the Blues.
BAY SLOPE OLYMPIC
A team of former Greek expats, Olympic have never won the league playoff title, but have two Oceania Champions League titles to their credit and a third runner up appearance. They've also won the City Cup (FA Cup) once. They've made the playoffs 8 times, 5 of those came in the last 7 seasons so they're a team on the upswing.
MEDICINE CABINET (DOCS)
Docs are a club that have a large fan base but don't have the success to match what they're doing on the field. They've only made the playoffs twice in their history, most recently two seasons ago when they were league runner-up ('35). They've also won a FA Cup (2018) so if you're looking to root for a team that where you won't be the only one in the stands supporting them.
Affiliated for a team with Real Madrid, the Old Timers were once the toast of the league. In recent years, they've fallen on hard times finishing near the bottom of the league over the past decade almost annually. Despite their bonafides, their playoff bark was bigger than their bite, winning the Elite League only once (2029) but have a finalist appearance in the Champions League (2026) to their credit as well. They have won two FA City Cups (2026, 2029) as well.
This was a team that I thought would dominate the league and instead, they've fallen just outside of the money the past few years. They have won the O-League 4 times (most recently in '23) but haven't won a league title since 2013 before the current iteration of the Elite League existed. A fun team in the past with a relatively storied past, but I'm not sure where they are headed. Maybe you can join on their bandwagon and decide to see along with their fans?
RED BULL NORTH END
Just like in Germany, Austria (and okay nobody cares about NY Red Bulls), the Red Bulls of Vestriasia are hated by every fan base except their own. The North Enders are among the storied clubs in the league, winning 4 league titles, 5 Champions League titles and are a near lock each year for the playoffs. They've also finished 5th at the Club World Championship twice ('29, '36) something only bested by one Vestrian team.
Since 2015-16, they've missed the post-season just 5 times. So if you're looking for a consistent team to root for, even if the rest of the league's fans will NEVER root for your team, pick the Red Wings (as they're sometimes called.)
MERCHANT FARMERS MARKET (MFM)
The Market Boys have one three league titles ('27, '32, '36) and a Champions League semi-final appearance in '35 to their credit. They won a FA City Cup in '21, too. They have a HUGE fan base of metropolitan folks who don't really enjoy watching football, but like the game for the atmosphere. Maybe that'll appeal to you, rich people need a football team too.
Ironwood are an urban team for the workers. In the same way that people who have money and live in the city love MFM, people who get their hands dirty love Ironwood. They're a team that's always competitive. They have 2 league titles (19, 20) to their credit, have won the Champions League three times ('20, '30, '32) and are the Vestrian team with the best Club World Championship finish ever, placing 3rd in the 2020 Club World Cup.
INVADERS EAST SIDE
Another city club that makes perennial playoff appearances, but unlike the others, they have a small but mighty fan base. Invaders have won 4 league titles ('21, '26, '34, '35) but have yet to crack through the O-League, placing 2nd twice.
THE TRULY ELITE
The Yanks are - you guessed it -- an expat team of former Americans who moved to Vestriasia and took up football of all things. They draw extremely well and for years were not very good, but in recent years, they've become of the power clubs in Vestrian football. They've won 4 Oceania Champions League titles and have claimed 5 Elite League playoff titles all since 2022.
A team that spent the first few seasons trying to find its footing, is now the class of the league. Governess have only missed the playoffs three times in the last 14 seasons. While they've only won one league playoff title, they've finished as the runner up a whopping six times. They've also won when it mattered most, winning 4 Champions League titles and finishing as runner up twice in that tournament.