For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a Map Geek. As such, I’ve experimented since my youth with creating maps — fictionally, historically, informationally, and otherwise. When I was a kid, I’d draw imaginary islands in a sea of white letterhead with colored pencils. In high school, I’d stare at maps of various sections of the globe that were plastered in my social studies text books. My career in civil engineering took my obsession to a technical level as I began engineering infrastructure across the areas that maps depicted.
This all came to a head a few years ago when I began to create my own maps in the digital cloud of Google by splicing my mapping interests with my other hobby of soccer. Wanting to better envision the world’s soccer leagues and the teams that comprise them by visualizing them in geographical terms, I started with Major League Soccer, the league I follow most. Soon I expanded this to include European leagues, first with the Premiership, then with Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, etc. As the American pyramid began filling in, I turned my attention to lower divisions, both domestic and abroad.
In December 2013, with the advent of Google’s release of Map Engine, I began upgrading my maps from the Classic Maps service to this new one. While it’s a much cleaner mapping program, it has its downfalls; primarily that maps are difficult to search for, and that they no longer list the creator’s username, thus restricting the search function even more.
This page is set up to be an aggregator for my world soccer maps to make it easier to find, search, and collate them in a logical way. Below are sections broken out by continental divisions which will take you to a new page featuring embedded (
linked†) versions of my maps for their respective leagues.
As always, if there are any suggestions for improvement, criticisms or corrections to the data, or requests for maps I currently do not have, please leave a comment on the bottom of this page. Also, feel free to utilize these maps for your own uses; ie, websites, articles, research, sharing, etc. After all, they are public for a reason.
† Google’s previous issues with WordPress’s coding as it pertained to Google’s Map Engine Lite have been reconciled. Between 2013 and the date of this correction, embedded maps were unable to be used on WordPress pages. As of now, however, embedded maps are permissible, and these pages will begin implementing them as time permits.