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[FM18][WIP]Comprehensive Alternate History Mod Incl. Graphics: USA - Football Mad Since 1869[FM18]

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This is a purely fictional mod, there are no real current American or Canadian teams present in the database. Also full disclosure, I'm British, so forgive any cultural mistakes. 

The italic text below is fictional background story to give some context to the database. It's a bit far-fetched, but given it's describing something that never happened I figured it kind of had to be. Read it or don't, that's up to you. Makes it more interesting though :rolleyes:

The year is 1869. The era of the steam train is well under way, cutting journey times into tiny fractions of what they were only decades earlier, and a new import has made its way across the Atlantic: football. British immigrants with fond memories of watching and playing organised, semi-professional football under the authority of the newly-formed English Football Association start their own, new teams in the cities and townships of America. Unlike our own universe, the sport takes off immediately, with American audiences quickly forming loyal and intense attachments to teams representing their local areas and businesses. Football quickly becomes the most popular sport in America, and by the turn of the century there are over 200 clubs playing the professional game across 14 large and varying regions. 

The number of professional and semi-professional clubs continues to grow well into the 20th century, despite two years pause between 1916 and 1918, and in 1932 a record attendance of 174,883 is set for the final of the US Cup between Manhatten Borough and Cleveland United at Hammond Road, Chicago IL, with a whopping $400,000 up for grabs. Cleveland come out on top in a narrow 2-1 win, with captain Harry Biggs scoring a dramatic 88th minute winner in front of the 70,000 ecstatic United fans. 

The invasion of Pearl Harbour in 1941 and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War Two grounds the professional game until 1946. After the war, football continues to grow, and a number of official regions begin to merge due to shorter travel times. On June 5th, 1958, the AFA holds a vote in Milwaukee, WI, on the matter of forming America's first national league, with advancements in air travel over the course of the previous two decades allowing teams to make much longer trips. Two of the ten board members vote against the motion, citing jet lag concerns and low numbers of travelling fans, but the majority vote to go ahead, and the National Division 1 is formed. 

The move proves to be a great success, with millions upon millions of expectant fans tuning into their wireless each Saturday afternoon to listen to their teams playing far-off cities in the hopes of a win. The average attendance to a Division 1 game in 1960 is 84,233. The radio advertising industry swells, and within 5 years a second national division is formed. The explosion of television expands the market yet further, and by 1980 there are four major national divisions, with a tree of increasingly regional professional and semi-professional leagues below them. 

Further alterations to the football pyramid in 1989, 1996 and most recently in 2009, have now left us with 7 national divisions, with a competitive and complex pyramid of regional divisions beneath these, and a wealth of major and minor cups and shields. The US National Team are the favourites for the 2018 World Cup, and the 2016-17 domestic season saw yet another record average attendance of 112,988.

Sound interesting? This is the plan:

This is not a simple database edit, it is to be a fully-packaged mod containing a comprehensive custom database and a set of fictional kits and logos to be put into your graphics folder. It is my aim to give each fictional team a real identity, with real depth. It is to be a long-term project which I can hopefully port over to future iterations of FM. 

No fields will be left blank, so here are some of the things you can expect to have been covered:

  • All the usual data - rep, morale, status, ownership, rivals, attendance, season tickets, finances etc
  • Home/Away/Third Kit
  • Logo
  • Last 5 years league history
  • Records
  • Bespoke stadium with location/local-culture-based name and unique capacity/expansion capacity

I plan to add roughly 1,200 teams over 50-60 leagues with full promotion and relegation. The top 7 will be national (might lower this to 6), with a regional pyramid below. Clubs will be almost all professional from levels 1-8, and largely semi-professional with the ocassional amataeur team below. Each division will have at least 2 automatic promotions spots, with four more teams qualifying for an English-style playoff. Relegation will be decided by a combination of automatic relegation and relegation playoffs. 

Given the larger population of the US compared to England, there will be a less significant gap in attendance, finance, ability etc between tiers. Tier 2 for example will still have huge teams from major cities with 80k+ attendances. Tier 4 roughly 30k attendances, Tier 7 perhaps 10k. 

I plan to create a team for every city in this list (and major cities will have multiple): https://www.biggestuscities.com/

If your hometown/city is not on this list and you'd like it to have a team in the database, feel free to comment below and I'll add it in. Beware though, if it's a very small town you'll be stuck with a poor amateur club in the lowest reaches :)

Edit: I can add you as a player too. 

If there is sufficient interest in this I'll aim to have a playable 'BETA' of just the top division by December 10th, with the rest being rolled out in stages/updates. 

Edited by ALGF

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Example of the kind of kits and logos I'll be creating using the 'smart shirt designer' tool:

Manhatten Borough 1.png

Manhatten Borough 2.png

Manhatten Borough 3.png

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7 minutes ago, ALGF said:

Example of the kind of kits and logos I'll be creating using the 'smart shirt designer' tool:

Manhatten Borough 1.png

Manhatten Borough 2.png

Manhatten Borough 3.png

Looks Amazing!

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Would like to add - anyone who's interested can ask to be submitted as a player in the database. PM me if you'd like that. 

 

Edit: A couple more kit and logo examples. 

 

New_York_United_1.png

New_York_United_2.png

New_York_United_3.png

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Edited by ALGF

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Lake placid Florida please it's on your list in the Florida section way down there it's one of the city's that will be in the depths of the Florida regional divisions

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23 hours ago, ALGF said:

Tier 1 nearing completion.

Excited o.o How many teams will there be in Tier 1?

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42 minutes ago, t27 said:

Lake placid Florida please it's on your list in the Florida section way down there it's one of the city's that will be in the depths of the Florida regional divisions

Noted :)

32 minutes ago, Humbby said:

Excited o.o How many teams will there be in Tier 1?

22. 

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Incredible project, hats off to you!

 

Would be ace if there was also a revamped champions league for global teams rather than just the EU.

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32 minutes ago, mrdanbartlett said:

Incredible project, hats off to you!

 

Would be ace if there was also a revamped champions league for global teams rather than just the EU.

I've tried something like this before, it's always fraught with crash dumps though. I might give it a go as a separate file afterwards.

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2 hours ago, mrdanbartlett said:

Incredible project, hats off to you!

 

Would be ace if there was also a revamped champions league for global teams rather than just the EU.

File should be in here @mrdanbartlett

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23 minutes ago, Boyle.se said:

File should be in here @mrdanbartlett

I've not seen that custom USA mod before. Similar idea to mine I guess but different execution. The Worldwide Champions League file wouldn't work with my upcoming database though. 

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Well, I'd assume that with Wichita, KS being at #50 in population they'd make the database somewhere, but I'd REALLY love to see my hometown of Mulvane, Kansas somewhere fairly far down the pyramid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulvane,_Kansas  Pretty sure they'd qualify as rank amateurs. 

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15 hours ago, podunkboy said:

Well, I'd assume that with Wichita, KS being at #50 in population they'd make the database somewhere, but I'd REALLY love to see my hometown of Mulvane, Kansas somewhere fairly far down the pyramid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulvane,_Kansas  Pretty sure they'd qualify as rank amateurs. 

Consider it done. 

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Team idea: Bodie Town, Ghosts from California

 

Alaska Glaciers Mendenhall Alaska

 

Togiak Wild Alaska

 

Castle Rock Gove County/ Gove County Rockers in Kansas

 

Death Valley Druids

 

Apache County Attack Arizona

Edited by craigd84

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On the subject of shirts or as the Americans refer to them uniforms, would Football not use the same model as American Football and Ice Hockey where a team has two strips, white shirts, coloured shorts and coloured shirt, white shorts.

 

The strips you have produced are amazing, but for ease and 'realism' perhaps the NFL/NHL model would be better.

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6 hours ago, FantabulousHammers said:

On the subject of shirts or as the Americans refer to them uniforms, would Football not use the same model as American Football and Ice Hockey where a team has two strips, white shirts, coloured shorts and coloured shirt, white shorts.

 

The strips you have produced are amazing, but for ease and 'realism' perhaps the NFL/NHL model would be better.

I'm trying to make it as close to the European model as possible. The idea is for the US to have a league fully in the style of Europe, so no American Football similarities etc.

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1 hour ago, ALGF said:

I'm trying to make it as close to the European model as possible. The idea is for the US to have a league fully in the style of Europe, so no American Football similarities etc.

I can understand that, but it would be easier.  However, your kits are all excellent.

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What is the structure you are planning for pro/rel?

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19 hours ago, grade said:

What is the structure you are planning for pro/rel?

National Divisions will be 3 up, 3 down. 2 go up automatically, 1 through playoffs. 2 go down automatically, 1 through relegation playoff. 

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Cedar Park, TX and Fredericksburg, TX please?

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1 hour ago, Wolf_pd said:

Cedar Park, TX and Fredericksburg, TX please?

Noted

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When starting this huge projects how do you organise yourself, i really want to know because i would like to create my countries league system on Football Manager as it is non existant in the game but i do not know were to start. Your help would be really great at this point in time.

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I tried doing something similar last year but became overwhelmed and had no time. That being said I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished result here I always fantasized what it would be like here if Baseball never became popular!

If you need help with anything I'd be willing to lend a hand

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