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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.

INPF 1:

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Rank Ship Name Liga Points Matches
1. Belfast Glentoran FC NIFL Prem 36 17
2. Conte di Cavour (C) Juventus Turin SAF 33 12
3. Lexington New England Revolution MLS 32 13
4. Arizona Phoenix Rising FC USL 30 14
5. Tenryuu Jubilo Iwata J2 24 10
6. Admiral Graf Spee CA River Plate PDA 24 14
7. Leningrad Zenit St. Petersburg PL 23 11
8. La Motte-Picquet Stade Rennes L1 22 12
9. SL City Real Salt Lake MLS 19 14
10. Chiyoda FC Tokyo J1 17 14
11. Moskva Dynamo Moskau PL 16 9
12. Houston Houston Dash NWSL 16 12
13. Exeter (P) Exeter City FC FL2 15 13
14. Parishkaya Kommuna (P) Red Star Paris L3 13 10
15. Kitakami (P) Iwate Grulla Morioka J3 12 5
16. Algerie MC Alger AL1 12 10
17. Kongou Cerezo Osaka NL1 10 5
18. Kumano Iga FC Kunoichi NL1 8 5
19. Verdun FC Metz L1 6 10
20. Perth Perth Glory WL 0 0

INPF 2:

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Rank Ship Name Liga Points Matches
1. Augusta (R) Atlanta United MLS 25 12
2. Hood (R) Coventry City Cs 25 13
3. Saguenay Montreal Impact MLS 24 14
4. Argonaut Volos NFC SL 21 9
5. Gneisenau 1. FC Magdeburg BL3 21 11
6. Aoba Kyoto Sanga J2 19 10
7. Canarias CD Teneriffa SD 17 8
8. Takao FC Machida Zelvia J2 17 9
9. Scharnhorst Hannover 96 BL2 14 9
10. Nürnberg 1. FC Nürnberg FBL2 13 7
11. Bearn FC Pau L2 12 10
12. Pola NK Istra 1961 HNL1 10 9
13. Zulu AmaZulu FC PSL 10 9
14. Rawalpindi Pakistan Army FC PPL 9 5
15. Köln 1. FC Köln FBL 8 7
16. Dunkerque USL Dunkerque L2 8 9
17. Wichita (R) Kansas City NWSL 7 8
18. Nagato Renofa Yamaguchi FC J2 6 9
19. Kaga Zweigen Kanazawa J2 5 10
20. Nevada Las Vegas Lights FC USL 2 12

Reserve:

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Queen Mary Everton FC PL
Edinburgh Heart of Midlothian SPFL
Antoniotto Usidimare Benfica Lisboa PL

 

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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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