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  1. I've ended up at West Beach, a team based in the fourth tier of the league setup, the Non-League Premier. They've had a catastrophic start to the season and find themselves bottom of the table, deep in the relegation mire at the halfway stage. Nine points off safety, with a game in hand on the teams out of it but having played more than all the other nearby teams. Initially predicted 8th in the league though, a couple of good players so hopefully this is doable! We're out of the FA Cup already, but the Non-League cup hasn't started yet so still a chance in that. I'll upload a bit more information over the coming days (I like to make maps etc to enhance the fictional world process) but in the meantime here's the league table- this could be a big ask!
  2. Welcome to my Fictional Caribbean Island adventure. Allow me to introduce my fictional nation of St. Cecilia based in the Caribbean Sea. I've done this as a bit of an escape, also to get me through the current lockdown situation- what better than jetting off to a Caribbean island, all set up in my head, featuring my own database and footballing world. Let me give you a little more information. I've devised this territory to have 100 clubs; split into the following leagues: All-Star Premier: 14 clubs First Division: 14 clubs Second Division: 16 clubs Non-League Premier: 20 clubs Non-League Lower: 36 clubs across 4 divisions. Other tournaments: FA Cup: involving all 100 clubs League Cup: 30 clubs (First & Second division only) Non-League Cup: 56 clubs (Non-League teams only) County Level Cups: End of season tournaments, played within each of the eight counties. St. Cecilia's Relic: The eight county cup winners come together for a shot at the big prize. $3m prize money. Internationally there is: North American Champions League: 1st & 2nd place in All-Star Premier qualify. Caribbean Championship: 3rd & 4th place in the All-Star Premier qualify. I have created the nation as 13th best reputation in the continent (out of 42), a reasonable benchmark for a nation of its size and footballing culture. Let's see how the clubs and international team get on here! I've combined elements of some of my favourite parts of the world to create this map, e.g. where I grew up but also areas such as the Florida Keys and Caribbean islands such as Dominica and Barbados, not to mention a hint of San Andreas thrown in there! Please see attached map below. I'm excited to put this database to the test! To make it more realistic, I'll holiday until the winter break (July-December) and then start sniffing for jobs at the bottom of the pyramid around then. Let's see where this goes! Screenshots to follow...
  3. Season 2- Mid-season update A really promising first-half to the season has left me top (just) at the winter break. It's been a real three-horse race at the top so far, with myself, last year's 3rd placed Morgan, and the newly promoted Mero. I had a great start to the season, unbeaten for the first nine games. After a few iffy results, including letting in injury time goals to Porte Bonlefouer and St. David's City, I had two massive away wins against my title rivals- if I'd lost them both I'd be out of it, but I won away, including on Mero's sandy pitch (!) to take top spot at the winter break. This season has been overshadowed so far by a board takeover. As soon as the window opened, I signed two goalkeepers, Carlos Young and Rohan Dainty, both of whom were better than last year's no.1 George Haynes. I also signed the interestingly named Fladimir Williams, who last season won the First Division and was the league's top scorer with 18 goals. It's a good job I did- due to the takeover, an embargo was placed upon me about a week into the summer transfer window. I missed out on the rest of the window and it is STILL ongoing... I've just missed out on the entirety of the winter transfer window too!!!! Luckily, most of my players have stayed, bar a couple of departures. It's just so frustrating to not be able to sign anybody! I've had it before in the game, but never for more than a month. I just hope this gets resolved soon as my squad is starting to run thin, and if I can I will bring in some free signings. On a more positive note, a really promising season in the FA Cup so far. In the second round we beat Longtown Ravens, from two leagues above us, in extra time. A couple of other wins against lower league sides was followed by a win against Firbanks, one league above us but struggling. This put us through to the quarters, where we have been drawn at home to fellow First-Division side Catherine's Lighthouse in a very winnable tie. Get through that and we could be in the semi's- let's see what happens!
  4. End of SEASON 1- 2015/16 A mixed bag over the second half of the season, a few decent results against teams top of the table, but not enough points taken from teams around us. In the end, we finished in 11th- exactly where we were when I took over! Second half of the season was a marginal improvement- 18 points gained instead of 16. We were never really in relegation bother and without a poor run towards the end of the season we could've pushed a little more mid-table. Fixtures: League: The title was so close- New Lundy won it, despite not being top until the last day of the season! Going into the last day, any one of six teams could have won it! We took some great results off the big teams, including a 2-0 win against Porte Bonlefouer, but in the very next game we lost to last-placed Lightfoot Springs. FA Cup: Knocked out before I joined. Parish Cup: In the local District cup, we finished second in the group; trouble was only the top team qualifies! Against Bedford Masters, who had just finished 4th in the Super League, we held out for 80 minutes before falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat. They went on to win the group comfortably. I made several signings through the window, including Ranelie Cain from Five Parish Point, who was voted the club player of the season. I was lucky in the update to be blessed with a great regen- Chevon Delfish, who despite his age (16) is comfortably my best striker. I need to strengthen with some more solid defenders and a decent goalkeeper too. Early previews to next-season points to a mid-table finish being the aim. NATIONAL TEAM The national team played several friendlies, with a mixed set of results, but finished off the year with an impressive 3-0 friendly victory over the Bahamas. Current world ranking: 187th
  5. Thanks LATB. I ran a couple of test saves for approx 8-10 seasons to ensure everything was in order. I've also added a Commonwealth Games tournament with regional qualification, to give my country a better chance at international qualification. It seems to run ok and has thrown up some intriguing results!
  6. Thanks guys! So rather than applying for managerial vacancies at the top of the game, to make it a bit more realistic I waited until part-way through the season when managers started to be sacked. I was rewarded with a job offer from third-tier side Kimbolton North End. Kimbolton North End FC is based in the suburb of Kimbolton, in the north-east of the capital city of Bedford, on the edge of the plains that stretch to the north. They play home matches at John Roe's Field, with a capacity of 5,000. Predicted 4th at the start of the season, The Villagers were the first team in the country to sack their manager after Reuben Henry was given the boot just eight (!) games into the league season with the team in last place. Following a good run under caretaker management, at the winter break Kimbolton NE lie in 11th place, but only 3 points above the drop. Kimbolton North End's biggest rivals are Kimbolton FC, who play in the next league up and are very much the more dominant of the pair. Local city rivals in our league right now are Lightfoot Springs and St. Ethelburga's. We are already knocked out of the cup having lost to lowly Westhampton Pier in the second round. The squad have a bit of promise and are on a bit of a run at the moment. I seem to have a number of very promising 17-19 year olds who I will build my team around. The board want me to both use our youth players and to sign others, and I now have a transfer window to look forward to bolstering my squad. It seems I have the most impatient chairman in the country so results will have to be on the money straight away. With half the games already played, this year will be about consolidating our position in the league and then look to have a run in the end-of-season Bedford & District parish cup, although we are drawn in a group with national giants Bedford Masters and only the top team qualifies for the latter rounds. Will update at the end of the season!
  7. Allow me to introduce myself and my footballing challenge. I have devised a database for the fictional Caribbean island of St. Cecilia, my aim being to rise through their national pyramid, enter the continental tournaments, and lastly (and most ambitiously) challenge the top Mexican and American clubs in the region. I hope you can indulge me in this- I've found it really rewarding to create a database for a fictional nation, and been able to draw up maps, place names, kits etc. It has really brought out the child in me! I will upload the database when all finally verified in case anyone would like to take a look. GEOGRAPHY Link to map St. Cecilia is located about 30 miles west of Dominica in the Windward Isles, in the heart of the Caribbean sea. It is approximately 55 miles long and 25 miles wide, and is home to approximately 1.8 million people. The capital city is Bedford (population 400,000), and there are eight parishes. A number of small islands are also part of the country. I based my country culturally and demographically on Jamaica, and physically on Dominica. There are mountain ranges and rainforests, but also plains and beaches. HISTORY St. Cecilia was discovered in November 1493 by Christopher Columbus on his maiden voyage across the Atlantic. It was named 'Sabadero' as it was first sighted on a Saturday; the day before Dominica (Sunday) was sighted for the first time. Claimed by Spain, she was taken over by France in the 17th century. The invaders were confined to the south-east of the country by the natives until 1795 when Britain assumed control of the island. Even now though, the parishes in the south-east still retain their Spanish/French influence, even speaking their own creole language called Carreguen to this day. Becoming an important colony in the area, it was visited by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert in 1869, following admission into the British Windward Islands. St. Cecilia was bestowed its present name in 1908 by King Edward VII, after wealthy nobleman Sir Stanley Bolson retired to the island, bringing with him his famed possession- a relic of St. Cecilia, a 2nd century Roman saint. St. Cecilia was on the verge of receiving independence in the 1970s when St. Swithun's Mount erupted, causing devastation on the island. St. Cecilia remained under British rule until 2012, in which conditions British culture, including football, thrived. The favourable terrain made excellent conditions for sport, and football in particular, and in time a regional league was set up. Following independence, St. Cecilia applied to join FIFA, where they were accepted in early 2015. The league structures were formalised into a national system, and come June 2015, the birth of a footballing nation was imminent. LEAGUE STRUCTURE There is a 6-tier league structure, as follows; All-Star League: 14 clubs Challenge League: 16 clubs First Division: 16 clubs Second Division: 16 clubs Third Division: 34 clubs split across 2 leagues Fourth Division: 68 clubs split across 4 leagues Continental qualification is as follows: All-Star League winner qualifies for the North American Champions League (qualifying round) Runner up and third qualifies for the Caribbean League (group stage and qualification rounds respectively) CUP STRUCTURE There is a national FA Cup involving all 168 teams. Furthermore, each parish has its own end-of-season tournament, (starting in the bottom left of the map above and working clockwise); Lamina Island Plate Bedford & District Cup Central Shield St. Mary's Prize Plymouth Reach Crown Cornwallis Mountains Medal Copa de Sabadero Coupe de Molinquais The winners of each regional tournament come together every year in November, for the main football festival on the island- the St. Cecilia's Relic. All other domestic football stops for a month and the eight teams, each cheered on by their own parish, play their way through a group stage and semi-final. The final is held on St. Cecilia's day, November 22nd, in the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Cecilia, the only time this stadium is ever used. Due to the historical value of the prize, it is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the region and nets the winner a cool £2m. NATIONAL ANTHEM As a musician, I had to call my fictional Caribbean island St. Cecilia, after the patron saint of music. I also had to write their national anthem too (am I taking this too far?...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XGVhER_F7o AIM OF THE GAME I have made St Cecilia roughly the same reputation as Barbados; it is the 14th-strongest nation on the continent. My aim is to build up the reputation further of the country, all the while taking a team from the lower reaches and making them strong domestically. Having built up my own reputation, I would aim to take the international job, and aim for qualification for the Gold Cup, the Commonwealth Games and maybe even a shot at a World Cup berth. Any questions let me know!
  8. I am currently working on a database for a fictional nation, where the main competition is a kind-of domestic Cup Winners Cup. I have set the reputation of it as 100, which is double what the Premier division is operating at (50). Despite this, the attendance in the grand final, despite the high reputation, is a measly 22,000 in a 70,000 seater stadium. The top clubs in the Prem are getting anything up to 28,000 for league games (but I can control what each club gets of course!). This grand final is meant to be by far the biggest match of the football calendar for my nation so I'm hoping for a sellout or at least upwards of 50,000. On the competition editor (I'm using FM16 by the way) I can't find a way of a) increasing the tournaments home reputation, or b) adding an approximate attendance for final matches at neutral venues. Of course, I could bump the competition reputation up to 200 in the editor, but I'm guessing this is a global reputation so would put it higher than even the World Cup! Any help would be much appreciated.
  9. LewisQ I've just read all the way through- this is fantastic! Not only am I impressed the the fictional nation, clubs, maps etc but also your backstory in terms of politics, language, ethnicity etc. which makes it that much more relatable and easier to imagine. I think you've done an incredible job and I feel very inspired! I do like to create fantasy databases, but these have all been much more timid, such as merging the Malta/Gozo leagues or a database where East Anglia gained independence from England to start a new nation. I also made a Game of Thrones db but that didn't work too well! However I really like what you've done and I hope the creator in me can concoct something even half as detailed.
  10. Hi there, Hope this is the place to ask. I have made a custom database for England down to Level 9, in the hope I can take my local team to glory! In the Editor, I restructured the FA Cup, as I changed around several leagues/clubs in the lower reaches. This therefore meant adding the preliminary and qualifying rounds to the tournament in the Editor. Everything is fine with the structure etc. of the tournaments, both league and cup, the game has run for several years no problem. The only non-realistic thing I have is that FA Cup replays always seem to be held on the Wednesday immediately after the original Saturday/Sunday game, rather than the 10 days notice which is a legal requirement in England in the proper rounds. Of course, in the qualifying rounds, this does actually happen in real life, but for the big teams in later rounds it's a bit weird. On the editor, you can select the number of replays, but not offer a potential date. So is there a way around this?
  11. Hi Michael, Thanks for taking the time to reply. There are no specified rules on the Swiss Super League page, but I do have a parent team in the division above. Basically, earlier in the save I managed Neuchatel Xamax, who are in the Super League on the game. While I managed them, I set up Koniz as a feeder club. Years later I resigned Xamax (still in the top flight) and a few months later took over Koniz (in the Challenge League), Xamax now being my parent club. I wonder if because I caused this link through my actions, not the game's computer, it made it an issue? It'd still be nice though if in pre-season expectations meeting I had a warning, something like: "The board would like to inform you that even if you win the title this season, promotion cannot be achieved due to the affiliation with Neuchatel Xamax". Or even once I'd won the thing with 2 games to go. Unfortunately I'm on a rolling save so have moved on from this situation and don't have a copy pre-title win. Following this, I made a couple of reasonable board requests for the new season (considering I'd just won Koniz's first ever trophy in their history 96 years after they formed, I think I was entitled!), was rejected, leaked it to the press to get my way- instead I got fired! Going to see where the gravy train takes me now...
  12. I am currently managing FC Koniz in Switzerland, and here is the table from my most recent season: Only one team gets promoted from the Challenge League, and having fought my way to 1st place over the course of several years, imagine my dismay to find Zurich have gone up instead! I can only assume that my facilities aren't up to scratch, although nowhere did I receive a warning of this. My stadium is 2,600 with 600 seated. Zurich's is 25,000 all seater. However looking at the Swiss Super League rules page, there is no minimum stadium requirement like there is for example in the European Cup. And I can't have failed FFP, I've had a net loss of £200,000 in 3 seasons. This isn't an edited database- although Koniz start in the non-playable lower leagues, they gained promotion to the Challenge League in-game and I took them on from there. Any help would be much appreciated!
  13. Just realised this should be in 'Other Gameplay issues'- can this be moved please.
  14. Hi, This is in respect of FM16 but don't know if the data was carried on to the newest version. --- Just a quick one regarding league sorting data. I am currently playing as Switzerland and have just finished a campaign in the Euro International League; I've just finished in 2nd place below Holland. We have the same number of points, so the next level of sorting according to the game is results between teams (not goal difference). I seem to have come off worse here, even though surely by winning 1-0 at home and losing 2-3 away to the Dutch, I would beat them on away goals (see screenshot below). Am I missing something here or is it a bug? Obviously the real-life Nations League doesn't start for over a year, so there aren't any published rules in place. However, according to the rules for both UEFA club competitions and internationals, away goals DO count in head-to-heads. (I should know- my team, Southampton, was knocked out by this method in the Europa League group stage last season- it still hurts!) Please see the UEFA tiebreaker info here (on page 13). E.g. A bit of research brings me to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and specifically group C: As we can see here, Luxembourg finished higher than Macedonia, despite having a worse goal difference overall, due to their head-to-heads. Incidentally, their results were exactly the same as mine- a 1-0 home win followed by a 2-3 away defeat, which put Luxembourg ahead in the final standings on away goals. Of course SI can only assume rules for a future tournament, but it seems reasonable to expect the Nations League will follow the same format as all other UEFA competitions. It's not a massive problem for me, I was predicted 2nd anyway, but still would've been nice to have a shot at glory!
  15. Thanks guys for getting back to me. Obviously the real-life Nations League doesn't start for over a year, so there aren't any published rules in place. However, according to the rules for both UEFA club competitions and internationals, away goals DO count in head-to-heads. (I should know- my team, Southampton, was knocked out by this method in the Europa League last season- it still hurts!) Please see the UEFA tiebreaker info here (on page 13). A bit of research brings me to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and specifically group C: As we can see here, Luxembourg finished higher than Macedonia, despite having a worse goal difference overall. Incidentally, their results were exactly the same as mine- a 1-0 home win followed by a 2-3 away defeat, which put Luxembourg ahead in the final standings on away goals. Of course SI can only assume for a future tournament, but it seems reasonable to expect the Nations League will follow the same format as all other UEFA competitions. It's not a massive problem for me, I was predicted 2nd anyway, but still would've been nice to have a shot at glory! Could this please be moved into the bugs forum for correction?
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