British Universities American Football League

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British Universities American Football League
Buafl logo.png
BUAFL logo
Sport American football
Founded 2007
No. of teams 75 (2013-14 season)
Country  United Kingdom
Most recent champion(s) Stirling Clansmen

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,[1][2] in particular the BAFL, which was also later ex-communicated for almost exactly the same reason.

In 2012, BUAFL's league and teams were absorbed into British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) after American football became an official BUCS sport.[3]

The BUAFL was officially associated with the National Football League (NFL), through its partner organisation NFL UK.[4]

The reigning national champions are the Stirling Clansmen, who won the 2014 BUAFL National Championship by defeating the previous winners, the Birmingham Lions, 20-15.

League structure[edit]

The league operates under a two-tier structure. This is composed of two Premier Divisions, separated geographically into a Premiership North division and a Premiership South division, both containing 5 teams. Below this, there are 8 Tier 1 divisions, containing either 8 or 9 teams in each.

Over the course of the regular season, each team plays eight regular season games. Teams in the Premier Division play each other twice over the course of the season, once at home and once away. The teams in the Tier 1 play each other once over the course of the season, either at home or away.

Current Structure[edit]

The latest structure for the BUAFL system was announced by BUCS on the 23rd of January 2014.[5] It presented a radical shake up of the BUAFL system. Prior to the 2014-15 season, there had been one singular tier, with all teams divided at the same level into geographic areas, with the highest placed teams in each qualifying for either the Championship playoffs or the Trophy playoffs depending on position. For the 2014-15 season, the league has been split into two tiers. This constituted a top tier, containing the eight previous divisional champions, plus two extra teams who were placed into this flight based on previous years, divided into North and South divisions. Below this, all other teams are placed into 8 divisions, organised geographically. The Border, North West, Yorkshire and East Midlands divisions feed into the North Premier division, whilst the East, London, South East and South West divisions feed into the South Premier division.

Premier Divisions[edit]

North South
  • Derby Braves
  • Durham Saints
  • Loughborough Students
  • Sheffield Sabres
  • Stirling Clansmen
  • Bath Killer Bees
  • Birmingham Lions
  • Brighton Tsunami
  • Hertfordshire Hurricanes
  • Imperial Immortals

Tier 1 Divisions[edit]

Border North West Yorkshire East Midlands
  • Edinburgh Napier Knights
  • Edinburgh Predators
  • Glasgow Tigers
  • Newcastle Raiders
  • Northumbria Mustangs
  • Sunderland Spartans
  • Teesside Cougars
  • West of Scotland Pyros
  • Bangor MudDogs
  • Keele Crusaders
  • Lancaster Bombers
  • LJM Fury
  • Manchester Tyrants
  • MMU Eagles
  • Staffordshire Stallions
  • Tarannau Aberystwyth
  • UCLan Rams
  • Bradford Bears
  • Huddersfield Hawks
  • Leeds Celtics
  • Leeds Carnegie
  • Lincoln Colonials
  • Hallam Warriors
  • Hull Sharks
  • York Centurions
  • Coventry Jets
  • DMU Falcons
  • Leicester Longhorns
  • Northampton Nemesis
  • Nottingham
  • NTU Renegades
  • Warwick Wolves
  • Wolverhampton Wildcats
  • Worcester Royals
South West South East London East
  • Bath Spa Bulldogs
  • Bristol Barracuda
  • Cardiff Cobras
  • Exeter Demons
  • Falmouth
  • Gloucester Gladiators
  • Plymouth Blitz
  • Swansea Titans
  • UWE Bullets
  • BNU Buccaneers
  • Bournemouth
  • Chichester
  • Portsmouth Destroyers
  • Southampton Stags
  • Surrey Stingers
  • Sussex Saxons
  • Solent Redhawks
  • Brunel Burners
  • London City Sentinels
  • Greenwich Mariners
  • Kings College Regents
  • Kingston Cougars
  • LSBU Spartans
  • Royal Holloway Bears
  • Reading Knights
  • Westminster Dragons
  • Anglia Ruskin Rhinos
  • Cambridge Pythons
  • Canterbury Chargers
  • Essex Blades
  • Kent Falcons
  • OBU Panthers
  • Oxford Lancers
  • UEA Pirates
  • NOTE - New teams for the 2014-15 season are italicised - Falmouth, Bournemouth and Chichester.

2013-14 Final Standings[edit]

Championship qualification is shaded in green, and Plate qualification is shaded in orange. Seeding is based on number of points scored, with 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a win

Saltire
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Stirling Clansmen 8 0 0 1.000 622 13 16
Glasgow Tigers 5 3 0 .625 176 264 10
Edinburgh Predators 4 4 0 .500 130 201 8
Edinburgh Napier Knights 3 5 0 .375 125 244 6
UWS Pyros 0 8 0 .000 42 373 0
Big North Western (BNWC)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Sheffield Sabres 7 1 0 .875 197 61 14
Derby Braves 7 1 0 .875 320 42 14
Hallam Warriors 7 1 0 .875 274 96 14
LJM Fury 6 2 0 .750 246 129 12
UCLan Rams 5 3 0 .625 254 90 10
Bangor MudDogs 3 5 0 .375 140 208 6
MMU Eagles 3 5 0 .375 121 193 6
Lancaster Bombers 3 5 0 .375 174 294 6
Staffordshire Stallions 2 6 0 .250 140 229 4
Manchester Tyrants 0 7 0 .000 61 200 0
Keele Crusaders 0 7 0 .000 6 386 0
North Eastern (NEC)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Durham Saints 7 0 0 1.000 316 41 14
Sunderland Spartans 7 1 0 .875 229 115 14
Leeds Carnegie 6 2 0 .750 135 59 12
Hull Sharks 6 2 0 .750 155 87 12
Newcastle Raiders 5 3 0 .625 140 134 10
York Centurions 4 4 0 .500 140 215 8
Northumbria Mustangs 3 5 0 .375 104 114 6
Huddersfield Hawks 2 5 0 .286 146 144 4
Leeds Celtics 2 6 0 .250 100 162 4
Bradford Bears 1 7 0 .125 42 187 2
Teesside Cougars 0 8 0 .000 69 312 0
Midlands Athletics (MAC)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Birmingham Lions 8 0 0 1.000 206 21 16
Loughborough Students 7 1 0 .875 340 76 14
NTU Renegades 6 2 0 .750 214 117 12
Nottingham 4 4 0 .500 122 99 8
Warwick Wolves 4 4 0 .500 193 145 8
Coventry Jets 3 4 0 .429 149 190 6
DMU Falcons 3 5 0 .375 87 176 6
Worcester Royals 3 5 0 .375 77 213 6
Lincoln Colonials 3 4 0 .429 52 113 6
Wolverhampton Wildcats 1 6 0 .143 58 153 2
South Western Athletics (SWAC)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Bath Killer Bees 7 0 0 1.000 253 47 14
UWE Bullets 6 1 0 .857 211 65 12
Swansea Titans 6 1 0 .857 288 88 12
Exeter Demons 4 3 0 .571 198 175 8
Gloucester Gladiators 3 4 0 .429 63 97 6
Cardiff Cobras 2 3 0 .400 81 86 4
Plymouth Blitz 1 3 0 .250 56 141 2
Tarannau Aberystwyth 1 5 0 .166 88 127 2
Bristol Barracuda 1 6 0 .143 89 210 2
Bath Spa Bulldogs 0 5 0 .000 13 322 0
Oyster Card (London)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Imperial Immortals 8 0 0 1.000 145 36 16
Kingston Cougars 7 1 0 .875 186 21 14
Royal Holloway Bears 6 2 0 .750 228 82 12
Brunel Burners 5 3 0 .625 224 80 10
King's College Regents 4 4 0 .500 87 141 8
Greenwich Mariners 3 5 0 .375 97 172 6
Westminster Dragons 1 6 0 .143 60 142 2
London City Sentinels 0 8 0 .000 24 320 0
LSBU Spartans 1 6 0 .143 38 106 -2**
South Coast (SCC)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Brighton Tsunami 8 0 0 1.000 236 40 16
Southampton Stags 7 1 0 .875 236 48 14
Portsmouth Destroyers 6 2 0 .750 197 47 12
Surrey Stingers 5 3 0 .625 82 106 10
OBU Panthers 4 4 0 .500 96 103 8
Reading Knights 2 5 0 .286 86 155 4
Solent Redhawks 2 6 0 .250 209 217 4
Sussex Saxons 1 6 0 .143 102 218 2
Oxford Lancers 0 8 0 .000 31 294 0
South Central (SCC)
Team W L T PCT PF PA Pts
Hertfordshire Hurricanes 8 0 0 1.000 384 6 16
Cambridge Pythons 7 1 0 .875 243 67 14
Kent Falcons 5 2 0 .714 122 65 10
UEA Pirates 5 3 0 .625 142 65 10
Northampton Nemesis 4 3 0 .571 129 158 8
BNU Buccaneers 3 5 0 .375 67 143 6
Canterbury Chargers 1 6 0 .143 46 180 2
Anglia Ruskin Rhinos 1 7 0 .125 42 224 2
Essex Blades 0 7 0 .000 13 270 0


National Championship Games[edit]

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
2013-2014 Stirling Clansmen 20 Birmingham Lions 15

Challenge Trophy Finals[edit]

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
2013-2014 Swansea Titans 38 Royal Holloway Bears 6 ST QB Simon George

BUAFL Most Valuable Players[edit]

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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