English Basketball League
EBL logo featuring the England Basketball logo
|No. of teams||100+ senior, 300+ junior|
|Most recent champion(s)||Reading Rockets|
The English Basketball League (EBL) is a professional basketball, semi-professional, and amateur basketball league in England. It forms the second-tier of competition below the professional British Basketball League.
The EBL was established in 2003 by England Basketball to replace the former National Basketball League, and currently operates several men's and women's leagues in the British basketball pyramid, which is headed by Division 1. This is effectively seen as the second tier of men's basketball in the United Kingdom, along with the less celebrated Scottish Basketball League.
There are numerous leagues underneath the Division 1 men's and women's leagues, with the lower leagues operating on a regionalised basis.
Beneath the men's and women's national leagues is a junior structure for both male and female with leagues for under 18s, 16s, 15s, 14s, 13s. The England Basketball website contains all the relevant information
There is no promotion and relegation between the EBL and the British Basketball League, which operates a franchise system. Despite this, many teams have in recent years made the step from EBL to the BBL looking for greater competition and more exposure.
English Basketball League - The men's competition is currently divided into four divisions, with Division 3 having two regional sections and Division 4 further divided into four regions. The women's competition is divided into two divisions, with Division 2 split into three regions.
The Playoffs - The top eight teams in each division compete for the season's final showdown and silverware. The top four teams have home advantage against the lower placed sides in the quarter-final (1st v 8th, 2nd v 7th, 3rd v 6th & 4th v 5th). In men's and women's Division 1, the semi-finals and final are held at a neutral venue in a Final Fours weekend. The lower divisions have only the final at a neutral venue.
National Cup - Open to all EBL teams and played on a straight knockout format at club venues with the final being held at a neutral venue. The 2013/14 finals were staged at Worcester Arena, Worcester and saw Reading Rockets take the trophy 93-72 against the Newham (NASSA) Neptunes.
National Trophy - Also known as the EBL Trophy, this is played for by all men's Division 1 teams. The teams play a round-robin competition followed by knock-out rounds. The Reading Rockets won the 2013/14 tournament, taking the final 88-71 in against Manchester Magic at UEL Sports Dock.
Patrons Cup - The Patrons' Cup is played for by all men's Division 2 teams on a similar basis to the EBL Trophy. Huddersfield Heat took the 2013/14 Cup, beating Ipswich Basketball 96-63 at UEL Sports Dock.
National Shield - Open to all men's teams in EBL Divisions 3 & 4 and run on a straight knock-out format with the final held at a neutral venue. The 2013/14 final took place at UEL Sports Dock and saw London Lituanica top Oxford Brookes University 117-71.
National Founders Cup - A round-robin competition organised on a national basis specifically for non-EBL clubs, i.e. amateur clubs who have not entered the national leagues.
Men's Division 1
Men's Division 1 team line-up for the 2014-2015 season.
|Bradford Dragons||Bradford College|
|Derby Trailblazers||Moorways||Promoted from Division Two as Champions|
|Essex Leopards||Brentwood Centre|
|Leicester Warriors||Braunstone Leisure Centre|
|Manchester Magic||Amaechi Basketball Centre|
|Kent Crusaders||Medway Park|
|Newham Neptunes||UEL Sportsdock|
|Reading Rockets||Rivermead Leisure Complex||2013/14 League, National Cup and National Trophy winners|
|Team Northumbria||Sport Central|
|Tees Valley Mohawks||Olympia Building, University of Teesside|
|Westminster Warriors||Moberly Sports & Education Centre|
|Worthing Thunder||Worthing Leisure Centre|
Men's Division 2
Men's Division 2 team line-up for the 2014-2015 season.
|Birmingham Mets||Birmingham Metropolitan College||Promoted from Division Three North|
|Derbyshire Arrows||Killamarsh Sports Centre|
|Eastside Eagles London||Leyton Sixth Form College|
|Ipswich Basketball||Copleston High School|
|Lancashire Spinners||Haslingden Sports Centre||Promoted from Division Three North, formerly Rossendale Raptors|
|London Greenhouse Pioneers||Academy Sport Westminster||Promoted from Division Three South|
|London Lituanica||Sydney Russell Leisure Centre||Promoted from Division Three South|
|London United||Harefield Academy|
|London Westside||Kensington Leisure Centre|
|Loughborough Students' Riders||Loughborough University|
|LSBU Brixton Topcats||Brixton Recreation Centre|
|Worcester Wolves II||Worcester Arena|
Other club's websites
- Official site of England Basketball, including the English Basketball League
- Official partner of the England Basketball League