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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 43 22
2. Conte di Cavour (C) Juventus Turin SAF 42 16
3. Lexington New England Revolution MLS 40 17
4. Arizona Phoenix Rising FC USL 38 19
5. Admiral Graf Spee CA River Plate PDA 37 19
6. Tenryuu Jubilo Iwata J2 35 16
7. La Motte-Picquet Stade Rennes L1 35 17
8. Leningrad Zenit St. Petersburg PL 29 16
9. Exeter (P) Exeter City FC FL2 26 18
10. SL City Real Salt Lake MLS 25 19
11. Moskva Dynamo Moskau PL 23 13
12. Chiyoda FC Tokyo J1 23 17
13. Kitakami (P) Iwate Grulla Morioka J3 20 9
14. Houston Houston Dash NWSL 19 16
15. Kongou Cerezo Osaka NL1 14 7
16. Kumano Iga FC Kunoichi NL1 14 7
17. Parishkaya Kommuna (P) Red Star Paris L3 13 13
18. Algerie MC Alger AL1 12 10
19. Verdun FC Metz L1 7 13
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 34 17
2. Hood (R) Coventry City Cs 30 18
3. Saguenay Montreal Impact MLS 31 20
4. Argonaut Volos NFC SL 26 13
5. Gneisenau 1. FC Magdeburg BL3 30 15
6. Aoba Kyoto Sanga J2 30 15
7. Canarias CD Teneriffa SD 30 14
8. Takao FC Machida Zelvia J2 24 14
9. Scharnhorst Hannover 96 BL2 18 13
10. Nürnberg 1. FC Nürnberg FBL2 16 9
11. Bearn FC Pau L2 18 13
12. Pola NK Istra 1961 HNL1 18 13
13. Zulu AmaZulu FC PSL 15 13
14. Rawalpindi Pakistan Army FC PPL 15 9
15. Köln 1. FC Köln FBL 11 10
16. Dunkerque USL Dunkerque L2 15 12
17. Wichita (R) Kansas City NWSL 12 13
18. Nagato Renofa Yamaguchi FC J2 12 14
19. Kaga Zweigen Kanazawa J2 11 15
20. Nevada Las Vegas Lights FC USL 5 17

INPF 3:

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Rank Ship Name Liga Points Matches
1. Antoniotto Usidimare S.L. Benfica PortL 46 20
2. Stewart Philadelphia Union MLS 36 19
3. Recruit RB New York MLS 29 19
4. Nashville Nashville SC MLS 27 18
5. Marsellaise Olympique Marseille L1 26 16
6. Nubian Al-Merrikh SC SPL 25 13
7. Sheffield Sheffield United EFLC 25 19
8. Southampton Southampton FC PL 24 16
9. Henley Richmond Kickers USL1 23 15
10. Shropshire Shrewsbury Town FL1 21 20
11. Queen Mary Everton FC WSL 18 10
12. Edinburgh Heart of Midlothian SPFL 18 12
13. Yubari Consadole Sapporo J1 18 15
14. Maille Breze Angers SCO L1 17 12
15. Maury Loudoun United FC USL 12 18
16. Cossack FK Rostov RusPL 10 14
17. Orion Levadiakos FC SLE2 9 3
18. Volta Accra Hearts of Oaks SC GPL 8 5
19. Dehli Sudeva Dehli FC I-League 6 9

 

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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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