Happy Friday everyone! I was going through some old files on work computer, since I'm switching jobs soon and need to start deleting the tons of data I have stored on a PC that isn't mine, and I stumbled across some old maps I did as part of my thinking about organizing soccer in the United States.
The first set of maps I uncovered was of California. If I recall, I did this once I heard UPSL was doing promotion and relegation starting in California. Since it's a huge state, and too big for an amateur league to ever, barring something extraordinary happening, have a statewide competition. So I broke it down. Things start off with 16 distinct regions, flowing up to 8, then 4, then 2.
Next, this was a little project I worked on with some guys in the UPSL Midwest, to try and help make things manageable on the travel side of things since the Midwest is, frankly, huge.
Yes, I know I put part of Michigan in a region with Wisconsin, but I think the odds of the peninsula ever having a team are so small, and with Wisconsin being connected to is by land, that it just made sense to me.
Lastly, these were maps I made as I prepared for the promotion and relegation debate I did on Soccer Round Table. The idea is that our country is simply too large to have anything short of a Division One nationwide league. Splitting it up makes travel much more manageable teams at the lower levels.
Lot's of random stuff here, but you never know who might be interested in this kind of thing. Would the California plan make sense, and help UPSL provide more structure? Should Michigan be divided, and the Upper Peninsula given to Wisconsin? Is the Mississippi really the middle of the country or not? Let me know in the comments!