British Universities American Football League
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|No. of teams||75 (2013-14 season)|
|Most recent champion(s)||Birmingham Lions|
The British Universities American Football League (BUAFL) is an American football league contested by university teams in England, Wales and Scotland. The league was formed by the British American Football Association (BAFA) in 2007 as the successor to the British Collegiate American Football League after the British Student American Football Association's (BSAFA) public disagreements with BAFA policies led to them being excommunicated by the other BAFA members, in particular the BAFL, which was also later ex-communicated for almost exactly the same reason.
BUAFL largely follows the rules of the American college league, NCAA Football. Following a 12-week regular season, the best four teams from each conference (two divisional champions plus two runners-up) compete in a knock-out play-off system (similar to the NFL) for the conference championship and ultimately at the National Championship Game (formerly known as the College Bowl), which has traditionally been held at the South Leeds Stadium, although the 2010 final was played at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.
The 2013 BUAFL National Champions were the Birmingham Lions, who defeated the Hertfordshire Hurricanes 17–13 at John Charles Stadium in Leeds.
The league operates under a single-tier structure composed of six regional conferences.
Over the course of the regular season, each team plays eight regular season games. The top 16 teams based on win-loss-tie records, potentially including 3 teams from a single conference, enter the play-offs, a 16 team knockout, where the 1st seed plays the 16th and so on. The semi final winners head to the BUAFL playoff final, which is traditionally held at the South Leeds Stadium, although the 2010 final was held at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.
In addition, there is a competition called the Challenge Trophy, which was first contested in the 2008-09 season. At the end of the regular season, the 16 teams with the best competitive record outside those who have gone through to the regular play-offs compete in the Challenge Trophy or Plate play-offs. The winner of these play-off matches play in the final which is held at the John Charles Stadium immediately prior to the National Championship game.
As of the 2013-14 season there are 8 conferences, consisting of the 75 teams in the League. They are the Saltire (Scottish), Big North Western, North Eastern, Midlands Athletic, Oyster Card (London), South Central, South Coastal and South Western Conferences. A full run down of the current standings and results can be found on the BUCS website or on the Double Coverage website (http://dblcoverage.com/buafl/standings/).
Divisions for 2011-12 season
|South Western||Thames Valley||South Eastern|
2009-10 play-off results
|Round One||Conference Championships||Inter-Conference Championships||National Championship Game|
|Durham Saints||0||Newcastle Raiders||6|
|Newcastle Raiders||72||Glasgow Tigers||16|
|Edinburgh Predators||0||Glasgow Tigers||0|
|Hallam Warriors||30||Loughborough Aces||35|
|NTU Renegades||0||Hallam Warriors||7|
|Loughborough Aces||42||Loughborough Aces||19|
|Leeds Celtics||14||Loughborough Aces||16|
|Birmingham Lions||52||Birmingham Lions||27|
|Bristol Barracuda||6||Birmingham Lions||62|
|UWE Bullets||33||UWE Bullets||6|
|Reading Knights||22||Birmingham Lions||28|
|Herts Hurricanes||21||Herts Hurricanes||12|
|Portsmouth Destroyers||6||Solent Redhawks||7|
|Solent Redhawks||22||Herts Hurricanes||46|
2009-10 Challenge Trophy results
|Divisional play-offs||Inter-Conference playoffs||Final|
|Stirling Clansmen||32||Derby Braves||12|
|Lancaster Bombers||8||Stirling Clansmen||16|
|Derby Braves||20||Stirling Clansmen||0|
|Cardiff Cobras||48||Greenwich Mariners||12|
|BNU Buccaneers||6||Greenwich Mariners||20|
|Greenwich Mariners||26||Cardiff Cobras||6|
National Championship Games
|Season||Winning team||Losing team||notes|
|2007-2008||Southampton Stags||54||Staffordshire Stallions||20|
|2008-2009||Birmingham Lions||42||Newcastle Raiders||2|
|2009-2010||Birmingham Lions||27||Loughborough Aces||16|
|2010-2011||Portsmouth Destroyers||20||Birmingham Lions||19|
|2011-2012||Hertfordshire Hurricanes||37||Birmingham Lions||19|
|2012-2013||Birmingham Lions||17||Hertfordshire Hurricanes||13|
Challenge Trophy Finals
|Season||Winning team||Losing team||MVP|
|2008-2009||Bath Killer Bees||13||Sheffield Hallam Warriors||8|
|2009-2010||Greenwich Mariners||12||Stirling Clansmen||0|
|2010-2011||Cardiff Cobras||20||UCH Sharks||0|
|2011-2012||Sheffield Sabres||25||Bath Killer Bees||8|
|2012-2013||NTU Renegades||42||Southampton Stags||28||NTU QB Danny Miller|
BUAFL Most Valuable Players
|Season||League MVP||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP|
|2008-2009||Tristan Varney (Birmingham Lions)||Ed Butcher (Southampton Stags)|
|2009-2010||David Saul (Sheffield Hallam Warriors)||Tristan Varney (Birmingham Lions)||Ed Butcher (Solent Redhawks)|
|2010-2011||Adam Hope (Loughborough Aces)||Russ Waddell (Bristol Barracuda)|
|2011-2012||Joe Thompson (Hertfordshire Hurricanes)|
|2012-2013||Dan Conroy (Birmingham Lions)|
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- "Season Finale Announced". BUAFL. Retrieved 2011-01-10.