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Good morning sports fans, my name's kamichi and you may remember me from such virtual soccer productions as The Castle Fairgrounds Premier League (CFPL) and WC2009. I'm here today to talk to you about an exciting new generation of worldwide sporting competition that we like to call the [url=http://satellite-five.com/]Satellite Five[/url]™ Football League (SFFL).

The SFFL picks up where its predecessor, the CFPL, left off. The traditional summary is that you're essentially watching a computerised soccer match, with no human input, being shouted at by an uneducated British guy with a funny accent.

[size="5"][b]But what actually is it?[/b][/size]
The SFFL is a simulated soccer tournament which uses CN alliances as its teams. Each team consists of a 16 player squad - typically members of the alliance in question - along with a manager who is able to change lineups and tactics between games. The results are recorded in an accompanying spreadsheets with the winner of the league declared after a full schedule (home/away) has been played.

So far, so cliche. With the reams and reams of soccer tournament topics at the moment, what makes the SFFL different?

All matches are recorded and uploaded in their entirety for your viewing pleasure, with quality commentary from the best and/or worst team to ever grace CN. Fans can actually watch and cheer on their teams, managers can see their changes and tweaks in action. The difference between the SFFL and similar CN leagues is the difference between seeing your team score a stoppage time winner equaliser and reading a report about it the day after.

So hey, that was one hell of a pretentious description, so...

[size="5"][b]Why do I want to sign up?[/b][/size]
If the past two paragraphs of melodramatic oration haven't convinced you, here we go in summary form:
[*]You get to actually watch the matches. All of them. Every minute of every (5 minute) game will be at your fingertips.
[*]Each match has informed and erudite ("OH MY GODDDD") commentary from CN's premier commentators
[*]Managers are actually managers. Your tactics will heavily affect the outcome of each match, for better or for worse.
[*]All teams are created equal. The differences come in team setups, tactics (and luck!), not money, size or influence.
[*]16 players per squad means fun for the whole [s]family[/s] alliance.
[*]Goals galore with [s]midget[/s] vertically challenged goalkeepers.
[*]Prizes for Best Manager with more tech up for grabs in post season [url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=28247.msg398149#msg398149]competitions[/url].
[*]Widespread participation, with Athens, FOK, GR, MK, ODN, Ronin/OSA, STA, Umbrella and Vanguard entering teams last season. Nemesis and NPO have already registered their interest for season two.
[*]Last but certainly not least, an awesome, dedicated and hopefully growing fanbase who, through their assistance, their team management or simply their participation in the live broadcasts make the SFFL so enjoyable and surprisingly enthralling.

[size="5"][b]Wow! How do I sign up?[/b][/size]
If you think you can put together a list of 16 names and some vaguely soccer-ish descriptions, then you're more than welcome to submit a team, no matter what alliance you're from - the more the merrier.

1. Get yourself an account on the Mushroom Kingdom forums
2. Apply for a [url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=195.0]Foreign Guest mask[/url]
3. Post in the [url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=30393.msg402744#msg402744]Castle Fairgrounds access topic[/url]
4. Follow the slightly more precise instructions in the [url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=30396.msg402768#msg402768]SFFL Application topic[/url]

[size="5"][b]How do I watch the matches?[/b][/size]
The matches will all be publicly available on my personal [url=http://www.viddler.com/explore/castlefairgrounds/]Viddler[/url] account when they're uploaded and sorted by matchday on the [url=http://satellite-five.com/board/index.php?board=14.0]Satellite Five forums[/url].

For your convenience:
[*][url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=30393.msg402744#msg402744]MK Foreign Guest Application[/url]
[*][url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=30393.msg402744#msg402744]Castle Fairgrounds sign up thread (for non-MK allies)[/url]
[*][url=http://thecastlehall.com/boards/index.php?topic=30396.0]SFFL Application Thread[/url]
[*][url=http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ArGcjJlwiuQkdHZrWU8xTEVlZ19aRDBKbHBpOXpmQXc&hl=en#gid=0]Season One[/url] - [url=http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ArGcjJlwiuQkdHZrWU8xTEVlZ19aRDBKbHBpOXpmQXc&hl=en#gid=0]Standings and Rosters[/url] - [url=http://www.viddler.com/explore/castlefairgrounds/]Videos[/url] - [url=http://www.viddler.com/explore/castlefairgrounds/videos/59/]Match of the Season?[/url]

If you have any extra questions, comments or suggestions to make, feel free to reply to this topic, or catch me via PM on the CN, MK or S5 forums. Or IRC, [i]at your own risk[/i].

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[quote name='New Frontier' date='09 June 2010 - 10:07 PM' timestamp='1276135611' post='2331024']
Expect us.

Damn it, now I need to edit my roster again.

Kamichi failed to mention that O'Samurai United had submitted it's roster within 40 mins of the private announcement of the league. :smug: We will be looking to improve upon our 4th place finish.

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Honestly this is a good time. At least in Ronin and OSA activity spikes around game days and it sparks discussion and debate in our private channels. This is a good thing to do if you want to boost your activity and increase comradarie among your alliance.

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[quote name='NorthernLights' date='14 June 2010 - 05:50 AM' timestamp='1276491041' post='2336884']
Seems fun - lets get on it Paradoxian United!

You will be crushed under our boot.


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[quote name='WarriorConcept' date='22 June 2010 - 10:53 PM' timestamp='1277243613' post='2346973']


We're following the pattern of good season, poor season.

So by that logic we'll probably win this season.

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