Welcome to the second Off Season post for the ESPL! This time, we have some brand new identities to look at for the new clubs that are joining the league for Season 2!
The first club that revealed their logo was also the most straightforward logo that could have been revealed. Octagon (officially Octagon FC, though they will be identified primarily without the “FC”) released their logo fairly soon after the rosters were announced in the last update. Their logo is below:
“We chose to go with something that doesn’t carry a lot of flash,” said Drago Visilli, club manager. “There were other options that presented some more ‘flair,’ but in the end the ownership wanted something that wouldn’t take away from the action on the pitch.”
The predominant white banner in the center takes center stage on this one, perhaps more than the ownership of Octagon intended, though this is only their debut logo and as many of the other clubs have already stated, their debut logo may undergo some changes as time progresses.
Next up is Citrus LF (the LF standing for Lime Flavored, in honor of the website formerly owned by EmeraldSpecter.com):
“Citrus LF has designed something that encompasses everything the club is about,” said Matthew Albright, club manager. “The lime shape, the soccer ball pattern, and the colors. Citrus LF is all about the action on the pitch, bringing supporters in for brand new club action, and hopefully we’ll last long into the future.”
Next in line is the one that had a clear direction with their logo:
“Tardis wants to bring in the Doctor Who crowd that is also a football crowd,” said Jason Druid, club manager. “We are interested in keeping the focus on the pitch but representing who we can, where we can.”
The final club to reveal their logo is also one that looks eerily similar to a logo that is already in use:
Queensdaisy has defended their decision to co-opt the crown in the logo because Real Olympia stated, roughly mid-season, that they were intending to go away from the crown logo in favor of something more resembling a coat of arms, or a “proper football badge.”
“We are proud to be represented by what has come out of the logo design meetings,” said Shawn Alexander, team captain. “I’m going to be thrilled to stroll out onto the pitch every week and I think we’ll distinguish ourselves over Real Olympia, so there won’t be any confusion. I don’t personally see any confusion.”
There are now 16 clubs in the league and there is a buzz, a discussion primarily among the league’s club owners, about adding two more clubs for Season 3. Since we haven’t even started Season 2, some speculate that the expansion talk for a season not yet guaranteed by the league itself is a little premature.
In other logo news, Wordsmiths have announced plans to reveal a new logo before the start of Season 2. They didn’t want to roll into this announcement, as to not get lost in the shuffle, but this website can state that they revealed the design to ESPL officials early enough to make the uniform/logo design use cutoff for a season.
“Any uniform or logo changes need to have a release early enough to allow us to present merchandise for the season its used in,” said DJ Allen, owner of EmeraldSpecter.com and founder of the ESPL. “A team, or club, can’t release a new logo the day before opening matches expecting the league to allow it in because supporters want kits, they want blankets, they want the scarves, and the league wants to allow them to have that in their stadium stores.”
Wordsmiths will reveal their new logo, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.