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British American Football League
BAFL Logo.png
SportAmerican football
Founded1987
Ceased2010
No. of teams50 (across three divisions)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Last
champion(s)
London Blitz

The British American Football League (BAFL) was the United Kingdom's primary American football league from 1998 until 2010. It was formerly known as the British Senior League (BSL) until 2005.[1] BAFL was the trading name for Gridiron Football League Ltd incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee. Registration number: 2353839. The company went into administration on 1 April 2010, and the company ceased to trade as from this date.[2]

The League had 3 divisions: Premier, 1 and 2, each with a playoff series and championship game to determine a winner. The Championship participants were promoted to the divisions above and the lowest-ranking teams in each division are relegated. Only clubs from England, Scotland and Wales played; clubs in Northern Ireland competed against Republic of Ireland clubs in an all-Ireland Irish American Football League.

Teams competed annually to reach the championship game (BritBowl) and win the Boston Trophy. The game was traditionally hosted at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium, however the venue for the finals was switched in 2008 because of a schedule conflict with Rotherham United FC, the stadium's temporary tenants,[3] with the match instead being played at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.[4]

Tensions grew between the directors of BAFL and those of the British American Football Association, the governing body throughout 2009 and at the beginning of 2010, BAFL formally, but unconstitutionally, withdrew from BAFA. This led to uproar from the teams within BAFL, ultimately signalling the end for BAFL as an entity. The league ceased operations on 1 April 2010. The league was replaced by the BAFA Community Leagues for the 2010 season. This organisation, run under the umbrella of the governing body, rebranded in 2011 to become the BAFA National Leagues.

Britbowl champions

References

  1. ^ "Alltime British American Football results: Highlights of 2005". Britball Now. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  2. ^ "Insolvency history, Companies house webcheck". Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  3. ^ "BBXXII in doubt at DVS". BAFL. 2008-06-16. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  4. ^ "BritBowl XXII at the Keepmoat". BAFL. 2008-07-16. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  5. ^ "British Champions List - BritballNow". www.britballnow.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Alltime British American Football Champions". Britball Now. Retrieved 2009-01-21.