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INPF Football (Soccer) League - Season 3; Champion: CONTE DI CAVOUR

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Good day again, fellow captains,

and again I'm back with a new season of the league.

Rules are the same as last season as I figured they worked well.
Each Walküre I could reasonably pin a team in a national league to, gets a place on the two tables. No one dropped out for that reason.
If I could've attached more than one team I chose reasonably among the possible ones. (*still sighs at Moskva*)
I will update ideally once a week (usually after Bundesliga matchdays. Yes, Bias.).
Pointing is according to matchday outcome. 
A win gets 3 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0.
In case of equal points I will weigh in the strength of the league and if same league the actual position on the actual table. 
At the end of the season (I'm thinking 31st of June atm) I bring all teams up to 38. This reflects a "normal" season in worldly football and it has been proven that even this might be a bit challenging for some teams to accomplish. Teams with fewer than the quota of matches will get their missing matches filled up with the average points of their last 10 matches. This also means, teams with less than 10 matches I could find will be eliminated at the end of the season.
Worst three of table one relegate to table 2 and the top three of table 2 get promoted to table 1.

The first four teams I might add through new Walkürenoffenbarungen (Belle reveals) get added to INPF 2. Every other team which gets added lands on table 3. And then the league expands. INPF3 would launch after 5 teams are on it. If it maxes out, there will be a reserve pool and a relegation mechanism from 3rd division.

I copied over the team entries from season 2.
Applications for missed teams only via discord. Ships in Shiros magnificent list are eligible as well as newly confirmed ones, since Shiro seems a bit busy and can't update.
No big changes except a bunch of new contenders, revealed by interviews (HMS Edinburgh) and that one big Update 197, New Year 2021 video, which gave us a handful of new ones.
Who made it into the league? Look below to find out!
Seriously: If you miss anyone, tell me below. I'm losing a bit of oversight.

Belfast rule: I will count both men and women results as both teams play very little matches, but together it should be fine.

Green on the INPF 1 table is champion, red is relegation. Green on the INPF 2 table is promotion, red means eliminated after season start. In both leagues blue teams have ended the season by reaching the respective match limit. Yellow teams are dormant for the time being.


Rank Ship Name Liga Points
1. Conte di Cavour (C) Juventus Turin SAF 95
2. Kongou Cerezo Osaka NL1 85,8
3. Belfast Glentoran FC NIFL Prem 83
4. Kumano Iga FC Kunoichi NL1 82,4
5. Admiral Graf Spee CA River Plate PDA 79
6. Leningrad Zenit St. Petersburg PL 76
7. La Motte-Picquet Stade Rennes L1 75
8. Moskva Dynamo Moskau PL 71
9. Arizona Phoenix Rising FC USL 69
10. Tenryuu Jubilo Iwata J1 64
11. Lexington New England Revolution MLS 63
12. Exeter (P) Exeter City FC FL2 60
13. Kitakami (P) Iwate Grulla Morioka J2 57,6
14. Algerie MC Alger AL1 57
15. SL City Real Salt Lake MLS 52
16. Houston Houston Dash NWSL 50,5
17. Parishkaya Kommuna (P) Red Star Paris L3 49,5
18. Chiyoda FC Tokyo J1 47
19. Verdun FC Metz L1 30
20. Perth Perth Glory AL 24,6


Rank Ship Name Liga Points
1. Gneisenau 1. FC Magdeburg BL3 83
2. Canarias CD Teneriffa SD 71
3. Augusta (R) Atlanta United MLS 66
4. Saguenay Montreal Impact MLS 62
5. Nürnberg 1. FC Nürnberg FBL2 61
6. Rawalpindi Pakistan Army FC PPL 60,8
7. Aoba Kyoto Sanga J1 60
8. Takao FC Machida Zelvia J2 58,6
9. Hood (R) Coventry City Cs 57
10. Scharnhorst Hannover 96 BL2 52,1
11. Argonaut Volos NFC SL 52
12. Zulu AmaZulu FC PSL 48
13. Bearn FC Pau L2 46
14. Kaga Zweigen Kanazawa J2 42,3
15. Köln 1. FC Köln FBL 41,3
16. Nagato Renofa Yamaguchi FC J2 41,2
17. Wichita (R) Kansas City NWSL 41,2
18. Pola NK Istra 1961 HNL1 34
19. Dunkerque USL Dunkerque L2 33,1
20. Nevada Las Vegas Lights FC USL 28,2


Rank Ship Name Liga Points
1. Manchester Manchester City FC WSL 93,7
2. Orion Levadiakos FC SLE2 83
3. Nubian Al-Merrikh SC SPL 79
4. Antoniotto Usidimare S.L. Benfica PortL 78
5. Marsellaise Olympique Marseille L1 78
6. Edinburgh Heart of Midlothian SPFL 69
7. Stewart Philadelphia Union MLS 66
8. Volta Accra Hearts of Oaks SC GPL 63,8
9. Sheffield Sheffield United EFLC 63
10. Nashville Nashville SC MLS 61
11. Recruit RB New York MLS 57
12. Henley Richmond Kickers USL1 56,8
13. Southampton Southampton FC PL 54
14. Yubari Consadole Sapporo J1 47,4
15. Queen Mary Everton FC WSL 46,4
16. Shropshire Shrewsbury Town FL1 45
17. Cossack FK Rostov RusPL 43
18. Maille Breze Angers SCO L1 38
19. Dehli Sudeva Dehli FC I-League 37,4
20. Maury Loudoun United FC USL 21,4


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Anyone who wants to look up the teams, can take a look here and here.

The new teams this season are:

1. Nevada- Las Vegas Lights FC

Chosen for: Only professional soccer club from Nevada.

Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 2017, so none. Replaces Nevadas old club from Reno, which "moved" outside the state of Nevada.

Achievements until Sep 1939: see above.

2. Zulu- AmaZulu F.C.

Chosen for: Well the ship is named Zulu and from what I read the club was founded to represent Zulus in RSA soccer.

Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1932, the club was introduced formerly to the Zulu King Solomon by its members. He decided the club should be named "Zulu Royals" and granted them the right to wear the Zulu shield in their logo. In 1939 the club colours are still Royal Blue and White.

Achievements until Sep 1939: none on record.

3. Argonaut- Volos NFC

Chosen for: The Argo left Hellas with the Argonauts from Volos to embark on her journey. And of the two known clubs, Volos New Football Club plays on a national level.

Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 2017, so none. By far younger, but it plays first division and for some reason this season the Hellenic 2nd isn't nationalised, but split in two.

Achievements until Sep 1939: see above.

4. Queen Mary - Everton FC

Chosen for: Queen Mary is registered in Liverpool. And Everton is older and closer to the port.

Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1878 as St. Domingo's FC, Everton has quite a history already in English football, fit for a Queen. The original name comes from a chapel and was founded by attendees of said chapel. But in 1879 so many people from outside the chapel wnated to join, they named it after the ward the chapel was in: Everton. Their first pitch was an open field at Anfield (yes, raise your eyebrow now, if you know a thing or two about English football). Their first proper home however became Priory road, but only for two years. In 1884 Everton moved back to Anfield and turned the "brickfield into a 20.000 stand international stadium" within a decade. They stayed until 1892, when the two big shots of the club and owners of the Anfield Road estates where Everton FC played got at each other throats. Long story short: One of them created Liverpool FC to get rid of Everton and suceeded. Everton moved to their new home Goodison Park, where they reside to this day in 1939.
Everton was also a founding member of the English Football League and won its first national title in 1891. The first FA Cup followed in 1906. They also won the last League in 1914-1915 before the League was suspended over the Great War.
The postwar years were kind, Everton stayed in the Football League and won it in 1928 with the record scorer "Dixie" Dean, who scored 60 goals over the course of a single season. 
Bizzarly enough Dean also was top scorer in 1930, but Everton finished last and had to make one year in the second divison, before winning the league again in 1932 and the Cup in 1933.
Dean left football behind in 1937, but Everton begins the outbreak of hostilities as reigning English champion of 1939. Fit for a Queen.

Achievements until Sep 1939: Champions: 1891, 1915, 1928, 1932, 1939; Cups: 1906, 1933 (7 titles)

5. Edinburgh - Heart of Midlothian F.C.

Chosen for: Heart of Midlothian is one year older than Hibernia, so they got the honours.

Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1874, in fact the first club for Association Football in Edinburgh. The name was taken as a sign to be part of an older sports club of the same name and the Heart of Midlothian is a mosaic marking the entrance to the historic entrance to the munincipal jail of Edinbirgh, demolished in 1817. Hearts joined the Scottish Football Association in 1875 and was able to play in the Scottish Cup. 
the first golden era of the club were the 1890s, when Hearts won 4 Scottish Cups, ecame Scottish champion twice.
In 1902 they managed to win the Football World Championship (only attendees: Scots and Englanders).
The Great War went a bit different for Hearts players and supporters as a public campaign against football during war times led to the enlistment of 16 players and 500 supporters of the club. For more intel on what happened next, look up McCrae's Battallion of the Royal Scots, but the Hearts lost 7 first team players in the war.
The postwar years have been uneventful, but safely in Scottish first division, almost winning it once. Almost.

Achievements until Sep 1939: Champions: 1895, 1897; Cups: 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906; "World" Champion 1902 (7 total)


3. Antoniotto Usidimare- S.L. Benfica

Chosen for: Antoniotto Usidimare was an explorer from Genoa, but he made him self a name in Lisboa for the Portuguese crown. So after some deliberation with Italian and Portuguese representatives, FC Genoa was out. Now, in Lisboa there are two famous football clubs, but as so often, one is older and thus Benfica got the honour.

Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1904 under the name of Sport Lisboa. The club suffered under poor playing conditions in the early years, which led to a bitter rivalry with the better equipped Sporting club from Lisboa, which took in 7 players from Sport Lisboa in 1907 for that reason. Sport Lisboa finally became Sport Lisboa e Benfica or SL Benfica in 1908.
They got their first proper pitch in 1913 and moved since then twice, but play in 1939 at the Estadio des Amoreiras.
Since the start of the Portuguese League only in 1934, Benfica won it thrice from 1936-1938 and is now excited for the first Taca de Portugal, the first Cup season.

Achievements until Sep 1939: Champions 1936-1938 (3 titles)

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And off we go. All matches since August 1st are eligible, if not stated otherwise, so today will be a potentially big kickoff. 

Direct Matches:
Nevada 2-2 Arizona
Kaga 1-2 Tenryuu
Augusta 2-2 Sanguenay
Aoba 2-1 Takao


INPF 1: Last seasons champion Conte di Cavour starts things with a 9/12 strike. Her matchday really shows the existing imbalances in European womens football. While one of her victories is a whooping 12-0, her defeat is an also juicy 0-6. Belfast has less spectacular results, but at the end of the day she also brings home 9/12. Last seasons #3 Admiral Graf Spee however has a very busy but devastating start. She only manages to bring home 5/21 points, seriously stumbling right at the beginning. Leningrad makes her ambitions clear right from the start with a 8/12 start. Chiyoda on the other hand shows a rocky performance, losing her first two matches and thus bringing home only 4/12 for the first day. However Lexington attempts to erase the embarrassment of the US Belles from last season and sweeps through the table with a 16/18 points blow to the contenders. Arizona clashes with Nevada and has to share points with her. With two more draws and two wins, she brings home 9/15 points for a fine start. The USN Ladies Lex and Arizona make an early statement to not be push overs this time! Moskva had a quieter first matchday than most Belle who played. And of her possible 9 points, she brings home solid 6. Houston however almost entirely crash starts with only 2/15 points to show for. Tenryuu deals a blow to Kaga while cashing in very solid 10/12 points, making her an early hope for the title. Algerié finished her season just yesterday, so all her matches past the 3rd of July are a go, since that's where the last season stopped. It gives her an impressive matchcount of 10, but a comparatively disappointing score of 12 points. So she falls dormant immediately and will return in December. Salt Lake City comes into the ring and gets beaten early. 7/18 is not nothing, but clearly not what she proably hoped for. Verdun starts probably a bit too cautious. She only had 3 matches, but also only got 2 points. La Motte-Picquet makes it better than her söer and gets 5/9 points. Of the promoted Belles, Exeter makes a weird copy of Admiral Graf Spees start, maybe believing she has to shadow her. However she as well brings home disappointing 5/21 points. Parishkaya Kommuna feels a good communist shares her points and first impressions are important, so she take 3 points in 3 matches.

Kumano and Kongou have another week summer break since the Nadeshiko League rests almost the whole August. And so does Kitakami in the J3 League. Perth will come in, when Algerié returns aswell in December.

INPF 2: The honours of first in line falls to the freshly relegated Belles. First and foremost Augusta, who draws with Saguenay, but apart from that takes out her frustrations on everybody else to make a strong statement of 13/15 points. Lady Hood however sails a less clear course with a 9/18 booty. Wichita is probably confused about the new table or distracted by learning all the new team names. In the end she has only 3/12 points to show for. Canarias makes a solid 4/6 points start concealing her hand for now.  Nürnberg and her girls make a perfect 6/6 start. Aoba also scores 6 points, but needs 3 matches for it, same as Scharnhorst. Pola bring 3/6 home, which keeps everyone guessing, I guess. Takao gets beaten not only by Aoba, but also can only catch 1 single point in 3 matches, struggling right from the beginning. Gneisenau apparently want to make sure to stay in the 2nd division and scores a tactical, but unambitious 6/12. Kaga does the opposite thing of last season, where she started very strong. Today she scuttles herself with 0/6. Bearn on the other hand sail out of the harbour with a smooth 4/9 points speed. Probably because she's the only MLS Belle, Saguenay has a busy 6 matches matchday, but makes only 6/18 points in the end, her defeat at the hands of Lady Lex is certainly not helping. Kölns girls start the season without a loss of points and 4/6. Dunkerque duels herself with Kaga to the bottom with already 3 matches and 0 points, while Nagato follows Kagas lead and does the same in her first 2 matches. The first of the newcomers, Zulu avoids joining the bottom pit just barely with a single pont in 3 matches. And a big day for Rawalpindi! While she was on the board in all three seasons, this is the first one she actually participates! And she comes in with an appropiate 3/6 start. Nevada withstands the attack by INPF1s Arizona, but after that she gets heavily shelled and this remains her only point in 4 matches. Second newcomer Argonaut follows the example of Rawa and Pola and secures 3/6 points for her very first matchday.


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Next time I'll have time again for a proper update. So in the shortest terms possible: 

Direct matches:

Tenryuu 1-2 Takao
Arizona 4-1 Nevada
Maille Breze 2-0 La Motte-Picquet 
Maille Breze 3-2 Verdun
Yubari 2-1 Chiyoda
Chiyoda 2-0 Yubari
Kongou 2-0 Kumano
Augusta 0-2 Nashville
Stewart 1-0 Atlanta
Saguenay 2-1 Atlanta
Saguenay 0-1 Nashville
Saguenay 1-4 Lady Lex
Bearn 1-2 Dunkerque
Kaga 0-4 Takao
Nagato 0-1 Takao
Nagato 4-1 Kaga

INPF 1: Lex scored 16 of 21 ponts and drops 2 places, loses table leadership; Algerie - dormant until Dec (-14); Tenryuu - 14/18 (-2); Conte di Cavour - 24/24 (+2); Belfast - 27/39 (+4;L); Arizona - 21/27 (+2); Leni - 15/21 (+/-0); SL City 12/24 (-1); Moskva - 10/18 (-2); LMP - 17/27 (+2); AGS - 19/21 (+5); Exeter - 10/18 (-1); Chiyoda - 13/30 (+3); PK - 10/21 (+/-0); Verdun - 4/21 (-4, R); Houston - 14/21 (+4); Kumano - 8/15(-1; R); Kongou - 10/15 (+1; R); Perth -dormant until Dec(-1; R); Kitakami - 12/15 (+5; R)

INPF 2: Atlanta - 12/21 (+/-0, P); Hood - 16/21 (+/-0, P); Nürnberg - 7/15 (-7, P); Aoba - 13/21 (-2); Scharnhorst - 8/18 (-4); Gneisenau - 15/21 (+1); Saguenay - 18/24 (+4, P); Canarias - 13/18 (+1); Köln - 4/15 (-8); Bearn - 8/21 (-1); Pola - 7/21 (-1); Rawa - 6/9 (-2); Argonaut - 18/21 (+9); Wichita - 5/12 (-3); Takao - 16/18 (+7); Zulu- 9/18 (+3); Nevada - 1/24 (-3, R); Kaga - 5/24 (-1, R); Nagato - 6/21 (+1, R); Dunkerque - 8/18 (+4, R)

If you wonder where some duelants come from: INPF 3 is full. Almost completely. But let's celebrate her launch next time properly.

And the Japanese Football Association can [enter very colourful and flowery metaphors, insults and slurs] for founding the ONLY national new womens league thus making Kumano and Kongou actually disqualify. No time to explain: All Nadeshiko League teams stay for now, eventhough it got split into two divisions.

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AAAAND it has arrrived! INPF 3rd Division is live! Please check the first posting of this thread, I'll add the table shortly after I posted this.
With the game now in KS beta I had a bunch more Belles at my disposal, so I could make the expansion in one big swoop. Some high profile teams got thrown in there and relegation means elimination, when I finally had time to comb the wiki for all eligible Belles and build up a "bench". Because tbh three 20 team divisions is a lot of work. And with that we have real suspense, because your favourite Belle might not be included next year if she drops out of 3rd division!

I'm open for suggestions for additional Belles until I post again.

Enough talk.

Direct matches:
Saguenay 2-2 Stewart
Stewart 1-0 Nashville
Nevada 3-6 Arizona
Verdun 0-3 La Motte Picquet
Wichita 3-0 Houston
Recruit 0-0 Augusta
Recruit 1-0 Saguenay
Aoba 1-1 Nagato

INPF 1: Belfast has a mediocre run of several draws and thus Conte manages to sneak up only one point behind her with 4 matches less. Lexington does well enough to keep up with the two. Arizona, AGS and Tenryuu already loose a bit of touch with the top, but manage to shadow for now. AGS manages to overtake Tenryuu while doing so. Leni beats her sister hard, but with an overall lackluster performance, she loses contact as she leaves a lot of points out there. LMP on the other hand does the exact opposite and pulls up right next to Tenryuu for now. With SLC and Chiyoda we slowly enter the lower region of the table and both really fail to make big gains and such remain in the middle of nowhere. Moskva profits from this since apart from her defeat by her sisters hands, she does pretty well and closes the gap between her and the midfield. Houston wins only one of her encounters and thus has a hard time staying safe. Especially with Exeter behind her shooting past her and a couple others into what can be considered "safe" for now. All PK adds is sadly more matches to her counter, so she is on the opposite way. Kitakami seizes the opportunity to get a bit up by a powerful performance. Kongou and Kumano do solid performances, but are limited by the number of matches played compared to the others. They both pass dormant Algerie for now and put PK behind themselves. Verdun is stuck with a poor performance, including a defeat against LMP.

INPF 2: Augusta kicks off the 2nd division with an okay increase in points. It's enough to keep the evenly okay performing Hood at bay for now. And with Saquenay also staying behind expectations it seems the top three curse of INPF 2 of last season is back. New girl Argonaut solidifies her position in the hunter group, but can't really break in. Gneisenau actually manages to ride past her in a par force ride. Aoba also shows a solid performance an ties with Gneisenau for now. Canarias also comes in at 30 points, but overtakes both by matches. Even though it#s La Palma who's on fire rn and not her. Takao has a much weaker performance and makes less gains. Scharnhorst disappoints and falls back significantly. She likely will not play any role in promotion this season. Nürnberg likewise does not big leaps. Bearn and Pola see it and close up to Scharnhorst. Behind them Zulu and Rawa settle for 15 points. Köln only manages a single win and thus falls behind a bit more, while being overtaken by Dunkerque, who closes up to Zulu and Rawa. And even Wichita overtakes Köln, together with Nagato, putting Köln into serious relegation danger. Kaga also tries hard, but has to stay down in the red zone with Köln. And at the bottom Nevada continues her lone journey.

INPF 3: So what's been going on down here? Well from zero to hero shot Antoniotto Usidimare. Antonia had a prime season start and sails away with 46 points after 20 matches total. Stewart trails behind 10 full points. Behind her is another juicy 7 points gap, but with teams having played only 3 matches but earned 9 points at the bottom like Orion and the Top 3, completed by Recruit herself, all having already passed more than half the currently 36 matches season, everything seems still possible.
The hunter squad for rank 3 is pretty tightly packed from Nashville over Marsellaise and Nubian having excellent chances to intercept Recruit at every opportunity. Sheffield, Southampton and Henley are also not really behind those and Shropshire might look like another contender, but she has a slightly lower 21 points score and already with 20 matches on her tab more than the Belles before her.
Queen Mary, Edinburgh and Yubari ring in the lower half with 18 points each, only sorted by their match counter. Seemingly there is a gap, since the teams down here have less than 20 points, but it is deceptove, since -except for Maury- all Belles here have a significant number of matches less than those above them. This circumstance gives Maille Braize at least a secure feeling and only Maury gets a bit nervous, because 12 points at half time already is dangerously low. Cossack could in theory make this in her four matches less alone.
The immediate danger zone looks like one, because Orion, Volta and Dehli have all single digit points, but they also have single digit matches under their belt. So anything goes in INPF 3 for now.

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Oookay, this was longer pause than anticipated. And of all things in this world, the bloody Russian Raid on Ukraine now allows me to pick up where I left last time. And I can't predict, when I can sail again.

So what could've possibly happened in almost 5 months? 

First things first; spoiler for readability and less scrolling.
Direct matches:


Lexington 2-3 Salt Lake City
Moskva 1-1 Leningrad
Chiyoda 1-1 Tenryuu
Takao 1-0 Kitakami
La Motte-Picquet 6-1 Verdun
Augusta 1-1 Saguenay
Tenryuu 0-1 Aoba
Aoba 0-0 Kaga
Kongou 1-1 Aoba
Aoba 0-4 Tenryuu
Aoba 0-1 Chiyoda
Kaga 1-2 Takao
Stewart 2-
0 Recruit
Stewart 2-0 Nashville
Saguenay 1-2 Stewart
Nashville 1-1 Recruit
Salt Lake City 2-1 Nashville
Marseillaise 0-0 Verdun
Verdun 1-2 Marseillaise
Hood 4-1 Sheffield
Manchester 1-1 Southampton
Southampton 1-4 Manchester
Manchester 4
-0 Queen Mary
Kongou 1-1 Yubari
Marseillaise 5-2 Maille Breze
La Motte Picquet 1-0 Maille Breze
Leningrad 1-1 Cossack
Moskva 1-1 Cossack


Well, Belfast had already 22 matches under her belt, so it comes to no surprise she finishes her season. She was in the lead and right here, right now finishes with 83 points. Now this is a new personal best and she played a damn well long final stretch, making 41/48 points. But the last two seasons she had similar scores, never under 80 and still only made it to vice champion at best. Unlike Conte di Cavour, sitting champion and basically on equal points before this update. And Conte actually has two more matches to got, but at this point it is clear Belfast will -again- not become INPF League champion. Conte managed to accumulate 89 points already, despite also facing draws and defeats and the others will have to get past her benchmark, not Belfrys. But let's wait and see what else this division has to offer.
Lexington, as the first US Belle, had a long winter break, with none or only a few matches and something we might see relatively often: Match cancellations. Usually for pandemic affected squads. All in all this gave Lady Lex "only" 10 matches to her 17. And if it was for her she would've cancelled probably more than just two matches. Only 8/30 points devastates her good jump off position to attack Cavour at the top in the future and puts her back to 10th place. Meanwhile her compatriot Arizona had an almost "normal" amount of matches. Out of her 7 matches she made 10 points, which isn't stellar, but makes her catch up to Lexington and overtaking her on # of matches.
Admiral Graf Spee, who sat behind the US Belles with one and three points respectively, can put 11 matches under her belt after a long autumn and winter break. She came out of it with straight with the win of the Trofeo de Campeones de la Lige Professional de Argentina!! 🤩 And she sails right past the two Americans in front of her with 12 points ahead of both and also a nice number of matches to go. But best she can possibly do is sail past Belfast. Tenryuu delivers the first Japanese result with even 12 matches to show for despite a match break. And she does okay. Okay enough to get past Lexington and Arizona, but only up to place 8 and not even able to surpass Belfast.
With La Motte-Picquet the next Belle finishes her season in a marathon match calendar with 23 matches since November. Actually she finishes with a win against the same team she opened this insane series of matches, so literally half a season. She sat at 7th with 35 points and could've gone in any direction. With 75 points she is for now #3 but there are quite some contenderesses who could overtake her. Like Leningrad for example, right behind her. She had 19 matches, ramping up 69 points so far. Nice! And she still has three matches to go. Unlike Exeter, who plays in one of those crazy packed English leagues and thus is done as well! And she finishes with 60 points due to a slump in January and now has to watch AGS sail away for a change.
A problem Salt Lake City doesn't face in many aspects. For one she brings it up to 46 points, with 7 matches to go and only a theoretical chance to catch up to AGS, let alone to the top. But she manages to knida catch up with her compatriots Arizona and Lexington and French Algérie for now. Moskva however manages to draw with her compatriot and sister Leni, but she stops 4 matches, 10 points and three more matches to go below her sister. 
The royal Chiyoda takes it slow with "only"  matches like all Japanese ladies having enjoyed the time between two seasons. And her many direct duels went .... varied. Just like her matches with 10/18 points. One she didn't duel with was Kitakami. Kitakami had 8 matches and made it now to the halftime matchwise. She also did better than Chiyoda, despite having few matches. And losing against Takao from INPF 2.
With Houston we enter the pre-break lower field and infamous danger zone and immediately run into trouble. And Houston only had one match just now since the break. A bigger issue in US womens football for a change. And because she could only score she is tumbles to the bottom for now. Kongou would've had the same fate, if not for the Empress Cup in which she did quite well and thus she doubles her match count to 12 and gets at least a nice boost in points with 12/15. Kumano did less well, managing only 3 matches with points and stays in dire straits. On paper at least. The last ship in front of the relegation zone before the break, Parishkaya Kommuna, had a 16 match calendar and thus managed at least to get Chiyoda and into some (faux?) safety. But she also has some chances to score points.
In the relegation zone, we actually left Algérie just in the moment her season kicked off for good. This she just boosts herself with 19 matches and 48 points just behind Arizona and Lexington on matches. Verdun, as one of the busy French Belles, already had 13 miserable matches and with a devastating loss against LMP just the other day bring her tally up to 32 matches, but only 26 points. Just compare that to Kongou and you know where the problem is. Last, but not least, Perth! Poor lass had 0 points, but at least it was from 0 matches. So what was in for her? Some postponements, but 17 matches earning her less than 1 point per match, fixing her to last place. But now with numbers higher than zero. And hey: In theory 63 more points are in for her.


Laz's favourite kicks off with Augusta. Augusta scores 19/27 points, which is good and puts serious pressure on any contender to her promotion. Pressure the Lady Hood puts up herself, by collecting 57 points in an explosion of 20 matches, but this also finishing her season, The latter leaving her dead in the water if anyone else gets close to her and has matches left to light up her hopes for a promotion. Like Augusta. Or Saguenay, being with the US Belles in a playing flock, wins for starters the Canadian Championship before setting sail for a nice round of 12 matches bringing her total to 46 and some trouble as others close now in on her. Like Argonaut. She made a 21 matches marathon and is no on equal points at least. 
And then came Gneisenau. In an unprecedented show of force for the 2nd division, the German Walküre smashes through the lines before her and sets herself comfortable into the prime spot with 71 points, after more than doubling her match counter. She is now well ahead of the competition and has 5 matches left for manouvering space, if needed. Aoba however sneaks up on Saguenay and Argonaut, ready to strike, with some more matches to play. Aoba was also quite busy in direct duels as visible above. The only Spaniard Canarias plays 19 matches total, giving her plenty of opportunity to score and she uses them. With now 64 points, she is suddenly from upper midfield catapulted into a sweet position for promotion. With only 5 matches, but 10/15 points, Takao makes only small progress in points, but keps the competition open by having just reached halftime of matches.
In the midfield Scharnhorst tried to get higher and more than doubles it points, but also number of matches. With only 8 matches to go and a mediocre performance so far, she will likely stay behind when Genisenau gets promoted. Similarily Nürnberg reaches half time in matches and ramps up some points and is likely to stay in INPF 2. Bearn and Pola started out with the same amount of points and matches before the break. Now after some more matches, Bearns loss against Dunkerque and a disappointing 18 points out of 17 matches, Bearn managed to distance herself from Pola, since the latter had an even worse run, having now less than one point per match on average. 
Entering the lower regions, Zulu fights her way in front of both of the former table twins with an amazing long series of 7 draws in a row. But this is enough to get ahead, but not only in points, but also matches. Rawalpindi on the other hand has some good news and some bad news. Bad news is: The Pakistan season got-once again- cancelled. However, she made it to her tenth match and thus is eligible to get her result filled up with her points average at the end of the season in May/June. For now she sits with 16 points total at the bottom. That's only half the points Köln has, but she also has more than double the matches. Dunkerque has equal points with Köln, but more matches. The win against Bearn was not enough.
In the real danger zone,Wichita only has one match, but wins it. Nagato has 5 matches, but only manages to equalise points with Wichita. In contrast Kaga equalises with Rawa, but with twice the matches, that might be much less worth. The former bottom Belle Navada at least manages to score 6/9 points, but with only 11 points total stays at the bottom. Interestingly enough she wins against INPF 1's Arizona.


The lowest tier gets kicked off by Antoniotto Usidimare. And she kicks it off with a whooping 18 matches streak and setting the stage with 78 points. Which means, this is it for her. Stewart tries to follow suit and has no bad 54 points at 28 matches. Among others, Stewart beats Recruit! And with now 16 points between them while both played 28 matches, that defeat was brutal. Nashville, on the other hand, positions herself between the two. 
Unexpectedly Marseillaise puts Antonia into a curious situation: Same points and season finished. Gladly three promotions can be had. Nubian settles with Recruit for now. Meanwhile Sheffield and Southampton both finish their seasons. Alas Sheffield much better than Southampton.
Henley suffers the sad faith of having her first two matches of the new US season cancelled and thus gets nothing after all these months. Scrap....ahem, I mean Shropshire also finishes her season early like the English do, but with a very mediocre result keeping her almost where she was in midfield, but now unable to fight back against passing rivals. The majestic Queen Mary suffers a similar fate, however she still has plenty of opportunity to get more point, since she only sits at 26 matches. A very impressive match calendar of 22(!) matches lies behind Edinburgh. Eddie puts it to good use and with 4 matches to go, she can in theory crack the 70 points barrier, which seems to give you a shot at promotion. Or can it?
Leaving Britain for now, Yubari draws a lot in her 7 matches, like the match against Kongou and thus makes only 9/21 points. If this will cost her the listing? We'll know at the end. To calm you, she has barely passed hal of her matches. Maille Breze on the other hand profits matchwise from the European style season in France. She is now on the final stretch, but maybe also on her final breath with only 15 points in 18 matches. Losses against Marseillaise and LMP surely didn't help. Maury had a very rocky start with only 12 points in 18 matches, but her restart iin the new US season with 6/9 points gives her still a shitty point quota, but at least some hope. Something Cossack also urgently needed when we last saw her. And while it still isn't going great for her coming in with less points than matches as well, at least two draws against the strong Russians might give her some hope for her remaining 9 matches.
Since this is the 3rd and lowest tier of them all, we don't have a danger zone. We have an elemination zone. And prior to the break, we had barely on top of it Orion. Now this sounds bad, but Orion actually started with a perfect 9/9 start and then was done. So what did she use the break for? She plays even more matches than Eddie (24!) and lands right behind her, but since she plays a much stronger season, Orion could overtake Eddie any time soon now. Good bye elimination zone for now! Volta also has a good portion of matches and easily sails off into safe waters. She doesn't have a stellar 21 match run like Orion, but it should keep her safe for a while, if not completly. Unlike Orion or Volta however, Dehli was with only 6 points in 9 matches an actual elimination candidate before the break. Now after just 6 matches more, not much has changed and she even drops to last, where Manchester previously was for the sole reason of having not played a single match this season, because she was a late nominee by @Wellington99. But this is about to change. Since the break she played exactly half her matches and with 43 she jumps ahead of Volta into almost certain safety for now. And with the other half of her matches still open, she could easily snatch a promo place, if she manages to double her points.
So who is now in danger of elimination? Look for yourselves in the tables in the first post.

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Well, season is almost over. Almost. So to start the final stretch and see where it is hot and who can already make a port call, let's take a lok what happened in the last few weeks.

Direct matches:


Tenryuu 2-1 Chiyoda 
Kongou 2-1 Tenryuu
Lexington 0-1 Recruit
Kitakami 0-0 Nagato
Nashville 2-0 Salt Lake City 
Aoba 0-1 Chiyoda
Yubari 0-0 Chiyoda
Lexington 0-0 Augusta
Nashville 3-2 Augusta
Recruit 1-2 Saguenay
Stewart 1-1 Saguenay
Saguenay 2-1 Augusta
Aoba 3-2 Yubari
Yubari 4-1 Aoba
Yubari 1-0 Aoba
Nagato 3-1 Takao
Kaga 1-0 Nagato
Houston 0-3 Wichita
Wichita 2-1 Houston
Wichita 0-2 Houston
Nashville 1-1 Stewart
Stewart 1-1 Recruit
Manchester 4-0 Queen Mary (Cup)
Manchester 4-0 Queen Mary (League)
Verdun 1-0 Maille Breze

When we last left the top division, Conte di Cavour had established herself at the top in front of Belfast and La Motte-Picquet who both had already finished their respective seasons. Conte managed to secure two wins for her finish and thus ends the season at 95 points. Now, in the last two season, that would've NOT been enough. And all pursuers prior to the matchday are now finished. Leningrad makes 7 of 9 points and barely pulls up in front of LMP while Admiral Graf Spee overturns both and finishes in third. This makes the TOP 3 for now identical to last season.
In the upper midfield, Moskva finishes with 71 points, passing Exeter quite comfortably and awaiting the response of those behind her. While Tenryuu also passes Exeter, she plays a mixed season finish and gets passed herself by Arizona, who, with three matches in petto, could even climb as high as 4th place. 
Below Exeter, Algerié with 57 points and Lexington with 55 points pull for now, but Lex has still 5 matches to go, while Algerie can at best match Exeter with a win in her last game. Salt Lake City however offers herself to the metaphorical sharks with a weak finish and ending her season with 52 point.
However the first shark certainly isn't Kitakami as she only brings home 4/24 points, landing at 45 points, but she has 10 more chances to make it. Parishkaya Kommuna also has aless than stellar run and it is her final run as she enters summer break. So her very last match will be a modificator match, calculated by quota. The first one to have this officially done.
Now we enter the immediate danger zone for relegation. Chiyoda played a few Belle on Belle matches, but overall managed at least to get 45 points.
Kongou and her womens team however also crack the 40 mark and aren't even halfway through the matchcounter, probably getting a huge modification boost in the end, just like Kumano. Who trails behind Kongou and interestingly enough their direct duel was postponed. Verdun on the other hand finishes regularly and with only 30 points total is the first safe place for relegation as Kumano surpasses her. Houston scores some points and thus keeps her own hopes for a marciful ending by modificator calculation open, but stays one point behind Verdun. However she clashes 3(!) times with Wichita from INPF 2. Perth however sees little success. Her womens team had already finished and the male team scores terribly and is now also finished. So she remains in last place, is likely to get a terrible modificator and in need of a serious miracle.

The second division is still open for grabs and Gneisenau leads the hunt for promotion. She even pushes the bar even higher to 83 points with 4 wins out of her last 5 matches and is a likely, if not secure candidate to go up a division. A bit behind her sits Canarias who struggles quite a bit, but at least cracks the 70 points bar with 71 and will be hard to surpass for any contender. Right behind those two Hood has the day of reckoning as several other Belles WANT THAT PROMO SPOT!!!! Augusta kicks off the battle and sails by, landing at 64 points in theory even threatening Canarias, with 3 matches open. Next in line is Saguenay. Who beats Augusta in direct combat, but despite a better run this matchday, falls two points short behind her and finishes her season. Argonaut is thus the first pursuer -on paper- who stays behind Hoods bar, unlike Aoba who makes it to 60 but clashes with INPF 3s Yubari no less than 3 times!! Now with tall of this in mind, the midfield starts with Scharnhorst. Of her 24 possible points she will get a bit over 11 as that's what she gets from her 7 remaining season matches and will get her last one by modifier. Zulu makes a nice finish, but is thus the first one to stay below Argonaut. Béarn misses Zulus mark slightly and thus her pursuers can take a deep breath and show off their attempts as Takao and Nürnberg both sat at 34 points and 19 matches before this matchday. Takao starts with scoring 13 points and losing to Nagato on the way. Nürnberg fails to follow up with 4 points less, but also 4 matches less. So this duel will stay interesting. And in theory they both can catch Canarias.
Behind those two Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensum, the original Ara-onee-sama, or for her friends: Köln. She only makes 3 points in 5 matches. She  will have to wait for modificator, as their leagues ended. But Kölns really doesn't look stellar. Then comes the tragic case of Dunkerque. In all of her 7 matches she had this matchday, she only scores 1 single point. And with her league finished, her modificator looks even grimmer than Kölns. Someone absolutely not sorry for this is Pola. She can bring her total match counter up to 36, struggles to get at least 3 points and her league has still one match in stock for her. So she keeps her chances of pushing past Dunkerque. Meanwhile Rawalpindi just watches everyone around her sail by and waits for the end of the INPF season to finally get her modificator pumping her to unknown heights (reminder: season cancelled, but made it to 10 matches). Kaga says thanks and equalizes with Pola at least, beating Nagato along the way. Wichita, in kind of a personal feud with Houston this matchday, fails to really steer away from the bottom and stays behind Kaga. And even Nagato manages to surpass her for now after many duels with her fellow IJN Belles. Nevada however only manages to get by Rawa after finally 30 matches, but otherwise cruises at the bottom now with Rawa and Wichita.

The lowest division has an already fixed top 3 at the start of the matchday. So it will be interesting to see, if anyone can successfully threaten Antoniotto Usidimare, Marsellaise and Sheffield. The first try comes from fan favourite Edinburgh and with 10/12 points, she manages to unseat Sheffield with ease. However this is nothing against Orion who sweeps in with a fantastic matchday and 23/30 points, crashing through the ranks and taking the top spot! Stewart, while being plenty busy with other USN Belles, makes a more moderate run and ends at 64 points and 2 matches in reserve, staying out of the promotion race. Unlike Nubian, who squeezes herself in just barely in front of A.U. and Marsellaise, putting that duel into a pincer for now. All of this action in the upper half, leaves already finished Southampton and Shropshire to only see smoke on the horizon. And there are quite a few Belles waiting for their turn yet. Belles like Manchester, who also can unhinge the competition on a single matchday. Now she ends with "only" 64 points, but that's with 11 matches to go AND her league has ended AND she made a lot of points in her last 10 matches. So she WILL likely unhinge everything with a big, nasty modificator boost. And giving Queen Mary a severe spanking while doing so. Volta on the other hand has some matches to go, some points to collect and is basically safe from relegation, but will also play no role in promotion. Nashville keeps up with her while having lots of clashes with other US Belles and lands right between Volta and Southampton. Now, Queen Mary gets a flogging by Manchester. Again. Last time was the cup, this time the league. Apart from that she only score three points and her league ends and she is stuck behind Shropshire for now. And her modificator won't look great either. Recruit, who hands out some lessons to other US Belles, fares much better, getting on par with Volta. With Maille Breze we get the first INPF 3 Belle who stays below 40 points and will remain there as she has played al of her matches. Given the overall situation this starts the danger zone then. Relegation from INPF 3 means elimination from the competition for at least next year as there is likely a reserve list by the time the next season rolls around. Yubari comes up next down there. She saw quite some action, especially with Aoba and scored at least enough points to leave Maille Breze and QM behind her for now. And it is als oenough to leave Cossack behind, even though she has one last small shot at surpassing Yubari. Henley on the other hand is the first one to stay below MB, but she has some matches in reserve, so she can remain hopeful, especially as 13/24 points is not that bad. Up comes Maury and a terrible performance by her. Seeing only 1 point for the whole matchday, leaves her far, far behind. Last, but not least comes Dehli. She also performs mediocre at best, but she can hope for at least a row of matches even with a low modificator, which might bring her into safety just barely. And she at least surpasses Maury.

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So, here it is. The Season finale. Everyone not at full 38 games, will get a nice modificator. A lot of teams have finished so I will only talk about the ones still "in the game". Final result can be read in the first post of the season from the tables.

Direct matches:


Augusta 2-2 Lexington
Lexington 1-1 Stewart
Kaga 2-1 Kitakami
Takao 1-3 Kitakami
Nashville 3-2 Augusta (Cup)
Nashville 2-2 Augusta (League)
Stewart 1-1 Recruit
Nashville 2-1 Saguenay
Tenryuu 1-2 Yuubari

INPF 1: With the top spots basically fixed the first contender to anything is Arizona. She produces a total dud in her last three matches and stays at 69 points. Algerié has no luck either and loses her last match, settling her at her 57 points. Lexington however had 5 matches to go. And she gets 8 points out of them, pushing her up and past Algerié and Exeter. Parishkaya Kommuna has now her modificator moment and it grants her a whooping 1,5 points total as she only had one match too few. With that she changes nothing about her own position. Kitakami on the other hand has 6 matches from which she gets 9 points and can now reap a bigger modificator pool, with 4 matches "open". Her modificator is however below 1, so she ends up with 57,6 points and thus barely above Algerié, improving her final position quite a bit. Chiyoda only had 3 matches to go an plays them under her own steam. Alas with no luck and only 2 points gained, her position doesn't really stabilize much. Kongou and Kumano are both at under 20 matches and will therefore receive a hefty modificator each (Nadeshiko League teams). Kongou plays 4 matches with 3 wins, which alone brings her 2 points ahead of Chiyoda, but also will do wonders for her modificator. And with an average of 2,3 points(!) for her last 16 matches(!!) she lands at 2ndplace!!! What a finish from 16th to 2nd! Kumano is a only a bit less successful. She makes 9 points directly as well, but her modificator lands at 2,2. that brings her a big jump as well to 82,4 points, just BARELY behind Belfast. So this leaves 49,5 points and P-K as the hurdle to jump into safety for Houston and Perth, since Verdun is safely relegated already at 30 points and Chiyoda has 17 points gap between them, but is still in danger as second worst finished. Houston however gets serious. Boosting her modificator with 8 points from the last 4 matches and going into the fight with 9 matches for 1,5 mod-points. AND THAT SAVED HER!!! With 50,5 points to P-Ks 49,5 points! Leaving only Perth to fight for survival with Verdun and Chiyoda now bound for INPF 2. However, with her last match also lost, she only gets a 0,4 modificator and ends up even behind Verdun with only 24,6 points.

INPF 2: Now to the teams in the "middle" three go up, three go down. At the moment Gneisenau, Canarias and Augusta are bound for the top flight. And Augusta starts with 3 matches left. With only 2 points added however it will be close. Scharnhorst, already out of the race to top, makes a last Hurra with getting a 1,1 mod for her last match and thus pushing only 0,1 points in front of Argonaut. Takao adds 9 points to her tally, bringing her up right behind Hood and with her two modificator matches manages to squeeze in between Hood and Aoba. Nürnberg delivers the first sucker punch. Having only mod-matches and 12 of them! She not only beats her season rival Takao that way, but also makes it above Aoba, with 61 points total. Köln also only has modi-matches, but "only" 9 of them and with only 0,7 points value. It brings her at least above the 40 points mark with 41,3 points total. The probably worst modificator however gets probably Dunkerque for her very last match. 0,1 points only turn her decimal behind the comma one up. Given her being followed by Belles with much less matches, that's extremely dangerous. Kaga on the other hand plays 6 matches, makes 10 points from them and can square away a nice 1,3 pointsfor her last and only modi-match, putting her nicely in front of Köln and probably out of harms way. Pola, who struggled akin to Dunkerque the whole season can at least finish her season under her own steam and push herself above Dunkerque with 34 points total for the final tally. In even hotter waters sailed Nagato the whole season. She manages to make 7 points for her last matchday and faces her last 3 modi-matches with a 1,4 modificator. Bringing her up to 41,2 just barely behind Köln and not yet into saftey. Will she go down on a 0,1 points difference? Wichita scores 5 points in her last 5 matches proper and thus dooms Dunkerque already with 34 to 33 points. Grabbing a 0,9 modificator she then manages to tie(!) with Nagato! Not really saving herself, since she has the worse modificator! This is only achieved by Nevada, who takes the fall, with achieving just 2 more points and an even lower 0,8 modificator for her last 4 matches. Even staying below 30 points. This leaves Rawalpindi. She might face elimination for next season due to Pakistan struggling to manage a football league, but for this season she has a valid score card. And she also has a solid 1,6 points modificator. For all remaining 28 matches of her...... And BOOM! With only having played the minimal number of matches she ends up at 60 points. Beating even Aoba and all who are beneath her. To the demise of Pola, who subsequently joins the relegation pack.

INPF 3: For its inaugural season it was a wild ride already and given the nature of some of the teams, it's unlikely to not end with one. While initially Orion, Nubian and Antoniotto Usidimare are in the top 3, already Manchester is very likely to crash into those merry three. And with a record 2,7 modificator and 11 modi-matches, she pulverizes the scores boards and moores 10,7 points AHEAD of Orion andeveryone else. In contrast Stewart collects 2 points in her remaining 2 matches and is done with it. That's enough for Volta to not surpass Stewart, but at least she manages to get past Sheffield. Now, Recruit only had one match left and draws it against Stewart starting the score board for the lower midfield. And making a juicy target for Nashville only 2 points behind and passing her with flying colours and 6 points out of 3 matches. Considering all of this, the already finished Shropshire likely opens already up the dangerzone at 45 points final. Yuubari however gets above that benchmark under her own steam and gets even 1,4 points on top for her only modi-match. Queen Mary and her mediocre 0,9 points modifier for her last 6 matches do not manage to get past Yuubari, but at least leaves Shropshire behind her. Cossack however wins her very last match, but does NOT surpass the Shropshire benchmark, leaving her very vulnerable to possible relegation. So before we enter the (possible) relegation zone, the one to beat is Shropshire, as she, Cossack an Maille Breze have the lowest final score as of now. Henley gets 3/6 points and then faces 12 modi-matches with a 1,4 modificator. And that is well enough with 56,8 final points to end up right next to Recruit. Also 12 modi-matches (pun intended) are what's left for Dehli. She faces them with an only slightly lower modicficator of 1,2, BUT she only starts at 23 points, compared to Henleys 37...... and fails miserably. She comes in at 37,4 and thus lowers the hurdle for Maury to Cossacks 43 points, preventing Shropshire from becoming Scrapshire. However, Maury underpormed so hard, she only makes 1 more point, bringing her modificator up(!) to only 0,2 points for her last 7 matches. Thus she comes in dead last at only 21,4 points. But keep in mind there will only be relegation if at least one replacement team in reserve pops up. 


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