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.
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.
The latest structure for the BUAFL system was announced by BUCS on the 23rd of January 2014. 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.
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