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FIFA for change, for a change

We’ve seen FIFA used in a lot of ways over the past year and a half in lower-league soccer. If we’re being honest, most of us would say that many such FIFA events quickly became stale (with one or two major exceptions). In the midst of that environment, New York International FC did what they […]

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LLeC: playoff recap

And just like that, the curtain has fallen on the Lower League eCup’s 2021 season. What a season it’s been, full of Twitter banter, surprise upsets, newcomers staking their claim among the eCup’s greats, and an inordinate amount of Michael Jordan memes. What more could you ask for? In any case, a lot happened over […]

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smlwld ñ: influencia hispana en los esports

En la comunidad de fútbol de bajos niveles, tenemos muchos lugares en que podemos sentir parte de la familia, sin importar de dónde estemos y cuál club representamos. Uno de estos lugares más grandes recientemente ha sido el mundo de esports, especialmente con la popularidad de la copa Lower League eCup. Ya cumple casi dos […]

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LLeC – week 3 power rankings

The playoff picture has been decided! After three crazy weeks of eCup action, we now know for certain those who are in… and those who are on the outside looking in. This week, we’ll just be recapping how those teams got to their respective positions and what the final tables look like. Predictions in the […]

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LLeC – week 2 power rankings

Another week is in the books at the Lower League eCup, and we’re not lacking for exciting matchups and fierce group stage competition midway through the regular season. There’s a lot of action to get to, so let’s get things off with the ever-exciting PC console in the Premier Division of play. Premier Division PC […]

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LLeC – week 1 power rankings

Well, we’ve seen a week’s worth of results, and the playoff picture in each group looks a little bit clearer. A lot of our questions were answered, especially in powerhouse matchups, and there’s a lot of new information to take into account moving forward. Let’s take our second look of the season at each and […]

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LLeC – week 0 power rankings

The group stage draw is complete, and the Lower League eCup is well and truly under way for its second full season. There’s no shortage of exciting matchups to be found throughout the groups and divisions, but before we get too deep into the thick of it all, let’s remind ourselves of how the tournament […]

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LLeC – the eCup returns!

It’s real, ladies and gentlemen. The Lower League eCup proper is here again! The Twitch streams, the Twitter banter, the collection of clubs from across the country, the bracketology… it’s all back. Last summer, smallworld was pretty involved in the proceedings, fielding a team in the Xbox division (shouts to Group C Fam!) and covering […]

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Lower League eCup Review

Anybody ready to see how poorly all my predictions turned out? Good. You better enjoy this. Because I’m going to look really bad here for the most part. That’s right, the Lower League eCup has come to a close, and we can now look back at all my predictions from before the tournament even started. […]

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Power Rankings: Lower League eCup, Week 4

Hard to believe that we’re already four weeks into the group stage of the eLeague that’s become a surprisingly important part of my life recently! Most everyone is down to just one more game to play, and in some groups, it’s all down to Matchday 5 to determine who advances and who goes home. SmallWorld […]