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  1. Thanks mate! Yes, that's the idea, and something we may see over time. The above analysis of best XIs for CA and U21 PA for the top 10 nations + US appears to suggest that it's making an impact. Too early to draw any conclusions yet, but it will be interesting to see what effect(s) this may have.
  2. 2027 World Player Stats A quick dive here into some of the stats of players in the world right now, on 1 July 2022. As previously noted, these stats - of which what you see below is merely a snippet - are updated and collated each year on 1 July. Each year, some interesting bits and pieces will be presented from time to time, or will be available on request (if possible). This year - and again something I will be aiming to do in 5-yearly intervals - we can see in the data below of one measure of the quality of the top nations' best players, and their best (under 21) potential play
  3. 2026 Ballon d'Or Winner: Kylian Mbappé (Paris St Germain) The unstoppable Kylian Mbappé wins his fourth Ballon d'Or, and third in a row, to put him two behind Messi and just one behind Cristiano Ronaldo. He's still only 28! Sweden's Dejan Kulusevski finished second this season, while Tete of Brazil finished third.
  4. 2027 Euro-Americas Cup Europe again earned dual victory, matching their feat of 2021. This season, the Netherlands were the victors, with a tight but deserved victory over reigning European champions Ukraine, while Europe won against the Americas by the same 19-8 scoreline as they did in 2025. National Winners: Netherlands Continental Winners: Europe (19-8)
  5. 2027 International Competitions Another year, another Mexican Gold Cup triumph - but one that came, this time, against a US side who in truth probably edged the game. Cameroon won their sixth AFCON title with victory over first-time finalists The Gambia, who pushed Cameroon all the way in the final. Over in Asia, both finalists had reached the showpiece for the first time, with Thailand earning a surprising and deserved victory over China. 2027 African Cup of Nations Winners: Cameroon 2027 Asian Nations Cup Winners: Thailand 2027
  6. 2027 NACL Winners: North Dakota North Dakota become the second team to complete the set, having won the NSL and NSC in previous seasons. They join Massachusetts as the only two sides to have achieved this feat so far, with MA sitting pretty on top virtue of having won the the NSC twice. Saprissa become the first non-US or Mexican team to win a match in the NACL since Vancouver won two in 2022, while León become the first non-US team to make the final in four years, since América managed it in 2027. León enjoyed an impressive win over New Jersey in the quarter finals, and a thrill
  7. 2026/27 NSC Winners: Pennsylvania Just like last season, both the NSL and NSC finals were contested between teams who had not reached the final before. Pennsylvania were crowned winners of the NSC for the first time with a solid 3-1 comeback victory against South Dakota.
  8. 2026/27 NSL Winners: Alaska Alaska have been remarkably consistent in recent years, with this being the fourth successive season they have made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs. Again, they saved their best showing until the post-season - after making tough work of qualifying in fourth place in Group A, and winning their first three playoff games by a single goal, they absolutely demolished West Virginia in the final - the 3-0 scoreline flattering WV somewhat. Michigan found themselves challenging again, after several seasons without making it to the playoffs, while Colorado c
  9. 2026 World Player Stats A quick dive here into some of the stats of players in the world right now, on 1 July 2022. As previously noted, these stats - of which what you see below is merely a snippet - are updated and collated each year on 1 July. Each year, some interesting bits and pieces will be presented from time to time, or will be available on request (if possible). This year - and something I will be aiming to do in 5-yearly intervals - we have a view of the top 25 players representing North American nations - this is any nation forming part of CONCACAF, so includes contine
  10. 2025 Ballon d'Or Winner: Kylian Mbappé (Paris St Germain) A second Ballon d'Or in a row for Kylian Mbappé, and his third overall. He's now just two behind Cristiano Ronaldo, and three behind Lionel Messi, as he overtakes Ronaldo for third place outright. At the age of just 27 (when winning the Ballon d'Or in January 2026; the above screenshot is from a year later due to bad planning on my part), he has plenty of time left to challenge the two greatest players of modern times. Mbappé's Swedish PSG teammate Dejan Kulusevski finished third, behind Mbappé and Liverpool's vetera
  11. 2026 FIFA World Cup Winners: Brazil The first World Cup held with the new 48-team format, and it was a North American extravaganza. Hosts Mexico, Canada, and the USA all took advantage of the 2-from-3 group stage format to advance to the knockout stages at the expense of some far smaller footballing nations, but only Mexico made it any further than that. Even then, Mexico lost on penalties to the South Africans, who were one of four surprising quarter finalists along with Norway, Slovakia, and Greece. However, all four of these quarter final minnows lost out to the established Wo
  12. 2026 NACL Winners: Nevada Another year, another domination of the NACL by US sides, who again were only ever defeated by other US sides. Indeed, ever tie between US and non-US sides was won by at least three goals, as no teams from other nations even came close to an upset. Nevada won their first NACL title, joining Michigan, Colorado, and Massachusetts in winning both the NACL and NSL. Massachusetts remain the only side to have won all three major titles (in the NSL, NCL, and NACL) at some point in their history, though Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and North Dakota are now
  13. 2025/26 NSC Winners: New Jersey Some pretty major gremlins in the NSC this season, with New Jersey somehow going through to the final despite being beaten by Alaska. Indeed, the 2-0 scoreline was only from the second leg, which was somehow played before the first leg (which NJ won 2-1 so "lost" 3-2 on aggregate). Not sure what happened here - perhaps some impact from Alaska's involvement in the NACL? Anyway, New Jersey made the most of the mess-up to beat Hawaii in the final; like the NSL final, these were two teams contesting their first final.
  14. 2025/26 NSL Winners: North Dakota Apologies for this, but the slightly later reporting (in January 2027 in-game) means that full fixture details are not available for the final, and all we can see is that North Dakota defeated New York on penalties in both states' first final. This was certainly a surprise, given that North Dakota finished fourth in their group in the regular season, but the NSL is not their first silverware, having won the NSC last season. Some big names fell away in the first round of the playoffs, in Massachusetts, Colorado, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and Al
  15. 2025 World Player Stats A quick dive here into some of the stats of players in the world right now, on 1 July 2022. As previously noted, these stats - of which what you see below is merely a snippet - are updated and collated each year on 1 July. Each year, some interesting bits and pieces will be presented from time to time, or will be available on request (if possible). This year, we track the world's top 50 (and tied) players over the past 5 years, as well as those 50 (and tied) players aged 21 and under with the highest potential. As can be seen from the graph below, European
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