Tuesday 11 October 2011

The Beautiful Game...to download

So many people have asked me for a copy of my map of the world of football so...here it is! Feel free to download and print the map for your own use. Downloading it accepts the simple conditions that you are not allowed to forward the digital file or print copies for sale or profit. I'm giving this away freely so I ask that you respect that principle.

Download the map here. It's a 110Mb file and measures 58 x 41" (147 x 104cm) at 300dpi.

I created the map to provide a unique view of 'The Beautiful Game' , a synonym widely used to describe the world of football/soccer. A map of the world is transformed into a Dorling cartogram that emphasises the main football playing nations and federations that represent them internationally.

Each country is represented as its own football, scaled to reflect the number of professional football teams that play in the country. The badges of teams fill each symbol creating a colourful, vibrant tapestry of club football that locates the world's major clubs and which gives a unique view of the spatial pattern and concentration on a global scale. The use of a cartogram provides increased space to locate club badges for national federations that have numerous clubs, shrinking those areas with fewer clubs which creates a way of accommodating the distribution appropriately for display.

The country footballs have been placed inside the backdrop of a football stadium and the etymology of the word 'football' is represented through national association to truly demonstrate the global appeal and cross-cultural nature of the beautiful game. This map is not in any way affiliated with any of the organisations shown and represents a purely artistic endeavor.

The map has won the following awards:
2011 International Cartographic Association 1st Place Thematic Maps category
2011 John C Bartholomew award for Small Scale Mapping
2010 Best Overall map gallery award at Esri International User Conference
2010 Most Unique map gallery award at Esri International User Conference

With thanks to my former students Michael Graves and Fabio Palacios who helped build and organise the club and logo databases.


  1. Great to see a high res version available - I'll make sure my colleagues who work with UEFA and The FA see it!

    For more on the BCS Awards, of which The John C Bartholomew Award is one see http://www.cartography.org.uk/awards

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  3. Now its been some time since you made this, I wondered if you had any negative or threatening emails from copyright owners? I presume you haven't permission for all the club logos - FIFAs own football games don't even achieve such a feat.

  4. Will you be updating this map with the new upcoming World Cup?

  5. There are other link for download of this fantastic map?
    I´m football lover. Thanks.