The BAFA National Leagues (BAFANL, formerly the BAFA Community Leagues) are the primary American football competition in England, Scotland and Wales. They were formed by the British American Football Association in 2010 to coordinate contact football and flag football across all age ranges. A total of 70 teams compete within the leagues.
Like most sports in Europe, but unlike most American football leagues, the BAFA senior league uses the system of promotion and relegation, with the league divided into three divisions; "Premiership", "Division 1" and "Division 2".
The BAFA's Premier Division for the 2015 season comprises eleven teams, split into the North and South conferences. Within each conference, each team plays each other twice. There will be 2 rounds of playoff football. The top ranked team in the NFC will host the second ranked team in the SFC whilst the top ranked team in the SFC will host the second ranked team in the NFC. The winners will compete for BritBowl.
The second tier will consist of 16 teams. 8 will play in the NFC 1 and 8 will play in the SFC 1. The NFC 1 and SFC 1 will be split into 2 divisions consisting of teams – the NFC 1 North and NFC 1 South, and the SFC 1 North and SFC 1 South. Each team will play the other teams in their division twice and then each of the teams in the other division in their conference once.
There will be 2 rounds of playoff football in each conference. In the table the teams will be ranked 1 through to 8. The number 1 ranked team will host the number 4 ranked team whilst the number 2 ranked team will host the number 3 ranked team. The winners will compete for a place in their conference's bowl game.
The third tier sees teams split geographically into one of four divisions: NFC 2 or SFC 2 North, NFC 2 or SFC 2 South, NFC 2 or SFC 2 East, and NFC or SFC 2 West.
There will be 2 rounds of playoff football. With an anticipated 4 divisions, the winner of each division will progress to the playoffs with the teams ranked 1 through to 4 by record. The top ranked team will host the team ranked number 4 whilst the team ranked number 2 will host the team ranked number 3.