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 2012-2013 finals were staged at Ponds Forge, Sheffield and saw Leeds Carnegie take the trophy 66-64 against the Bristol Academy Flyers.
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 Essex Leopards won the 2012-2013 tournament, taking the final 99-91 in overtime against the Tees Valley Mohawks at Braunstone Leisure Centre, Leicester.
Patrons Cup - The Patrons' Cup is played for by all men's Division 2 teams on a similar basis to the EBL Trophy. Newham Neptunes took the 2012-2013 Cup, beating Glamorgan Gladiators 97-73 at the Braunstone Leisure Centre, Leicester.
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 2012-2013 final took place at Braunstone Leisure Centre in Leicester, and saw the Huddersfield Heat top London Greenhouse Pioneers 63-45.
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 2013-2014 season.
|Bradford Dragons||Bradford College|
|Bristol Academy Flyers||SGS College|
|Essex Leopards||Brentwood Centre||2012-2013 National Trophy winners|
|Leeds Carnegie||Leeds Metropolitan University||2012-2013 National Cup winners|
|Leicester Warriors||Braunstone Leisure Centre|
|Manchester Magic||AMaechi Basketball Centre||promoted from Division 2|
|Medway Park Crusaders||Medway Park|
|Newham Neptunes||UEL Sportsdock||promoted from Division 2|
|Reading Rockets||Rivermead Leisure Complex||2012-2013 League and Playoff champions|
|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 2013-2014 season.
|Derby Trailblazers||Moorways Leisure Centre||relegated from Division 1|
|Eastside Eagles London||Leyton Sixth Form College|
|Huddersfield Heat||Rishworth School||promoted from Division 3|
|Ipswich Basketball||Copleston High School||promoted from Division 3|
|Derbyshire Arrows||Killamarsh Sports Centre|
|London Capital||Capital City Academy|
|London United||Harefield Academy|
|London Westside||Kensington Leisure Centre|
|Loughborough Students' Riders||Loughborough University|
|LSBU Brixton Topcats||Brixton Rec||relegated from Division 1|
|Mansfield Giants||Oak Tree Leisure Centre|
|Worcester Wolves II||Worcester Arena||promoted from Division 3|
On October 5th 2012 VCARS and the EBL announced a naming rights partnership for the 2012-13 season.
Other club's websites
- Official site of England Basketball, including the English Basketball League
- Official partner of the England Basketball League