Belgian Football League

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Belgian Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 BFL season
Sport American football
Founded 1987
No. of teams 18
Country

 Belgium

 Luxembourg
Most recent
champion(s)
Ostend Pirates[1]
Related
competitions
FAFL & LFFAB
Official website www.BFL.com

The Belgian american Football League (BFL) is the amateur sports league for American football in Belgium. The league currently consists of fourteen teams from Belgian cities and regions and one team from Luxembourg. The league is divided into two conferences—the Flemish American Football League (FAFL) and Ligue Francophone de Football Amercain de Belgique (LFFAB). At the end of each regular season, three teams from each conference play in the BFL playoffs, a six-team single-elimination tournament that culminates with the championship game, known as the Belgian Bowl.[2]

Season's History[edit]

2014 season[edit]

2014 Regular Season standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
     - clinched seed to the playoffs

FAFL 2014 Standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Ghent Gators 7 1 0 .875 288 65 W2
Brussels Black Angels 7 1 0 .875 226 66 W7
Ostend Pirates 6 2 0 .750 196 84 W4
Brussels Bulls 5 3 0 .625 158 73 W2
Leuven Lions 4 4 0 .500 148 138 W1
Puurs Titans 3 5 0 .375 84 219 L3
Limburg Shotguns 2 5 1 .313 80 208 L2
Izegem Tribes 1 6 1 .188 90 203 L3
Antwerp Diamonds 0 8 0 .000 51 265 L8
LFFAB 2014 Standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Brussels Tigers 5 0 0 1.00 212 26 W5
Grez-Doiceau Fighting Turtles 4 1 0 .800 159 68 W2
Liège Monarchs 3 2 0 .600 152 87 W1
Waterloo Warriors 2 3 0 .400 132 116 L3
Charleroi Coal Miners 1 4 0 .200 42 196 W1
Tournai Phoenix 0 4 0 0.00 19 247 L4
Andenne Bears - - - - - - -
Luxembourg Steelers - - - - - - -

2014 Postseason[edit]

Belgian Bowl XXVII
1 2 3 4 Total
BT 0 0 0 0 0
GG 6 18 0 14 38
Date June 29
Stadium Stedelijk sportstadion Izegem, Izegem
  Quarterfinals
June 8, 2014 @Grez-Doiceau
@Anderlecht
    Semifinals
June 15, 2014 @Gent
@Evere
    Belgian Bowl XXVII
June 29, 2014 @ Izegem
                           
      1  Ghent Gators 16  
  2  Grez-Doiceau Fighting Turtles 22     3  Ostend Pirates 14    
  3  Ostend Pirates 30         2  Brussels Tigers 0
      1  Ghent Gators 38
      1  Brussels Tigers 7    
  2  Brussels Black Angels 52     2  Brussels Black Angels 3  
  3  Liège Monarchs 12  

2015 season[edit]

2015 Regular Season standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
     - clinched seed to the playoffs

FAFL 2015 Standings[3]
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Brussels Black Angels 7 0 0 1.00 295 W7
Ghent Gators 6 1 0 0.857 216 L1
Ostend Pirates 5 2 0 .714 187
Izegem Tribes 4 3 0 .571 114
Antwerp Diamonds 2 5 0 .286 68
Leuven Lions 2 5 0 .167 84 W
Limburg Shotguns 1 6 0 .143 85 L
Puurs Titans 1 6 0 .143 71
LFFAB 2015 Standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Group D1
Brussels Tigers 5 1 0
Liège Monarchs 4 1 1
Waterloo Warriors 1 0 5
Louvain-la-Neuve Fighting Turtles 1 0 5
Group D2
Andenne Bears 4 0 0 1.00
Tournai Phoenix 3 0 1
Charleroi Coal Miners 2 0 2
Ardenne-Gaume-Lorraine Razorback 1 0 3
Braine-le-Comte Sharks 0 0 4 0.00 L4

2015 Postseason[edit]

Belgian Bowl XXVIII
Stadium Puyenbeke stadium, Sint-Niklaas
  Quarterfinals
June 7th, 2015
    Semifinals
June 14th, 2015
    Belgian Bowl XXVIII
June 27th, 2015 @ Sint-Niklaas
                           
      1  Brussels Black Angels 14  
  2  Liège Monarchs 12     3  Ostend Pirates 6    
  3  Ostend Pirates 22         1  Brussels Tigers 8
      1  Brussels Black Angels 13
      1  Brussels Tigers 56    
  2  Ghent Gators 22     3  Waterloo Warriors 14  
  3  Waterloo Warriors 24  

Football rules[edit]

The BFL uses this field layout, spanning 100yards from one endzone to the other.

The BFL uses the American college football rules: (2013/2014 NCAA Rulebook). These differ from the popular professional league of the United States, the NFL. The officials are organised in the Belgian american football officials committee (BAFOC).

The conferences[edit]

The BFL is divided into a Dutch-speaking conference and a French-speaking conference, based on the northern Flemish Community and the southern French Community of Belgium. These two communities intermingle in the territory of Brussels, two teams based in Brussels play in the Dutch (FAFL) and one team plays in the French (LFFAB). The LFFAB has one team from Luxembourg, the Steelers. The conferences are important for the championship game as they determine who will participate in the play-offs. Teams only play interconference games in the play-offs.

Teams[edit]

There are 18 BFL teams. The La Louvière Wolves are on hold. New teams must be located 20 km from an existing team. This rule does not apply for Brussels.

Team locations[edit]

BFL Records[edit]

  • Most National Championships:
    • 8 West Flanders Tribes (2000, 2001, 2006-2011)
  • Most appearances in a National Championship:
    • 9 West Flanders Tribes (1999-2001, 2006-2011)
  • Most consecutive National Championships:
    • 6 West Flanders Tribes (2006-2011)[4]
  • Most consecutive appearances in a National Championship:
    • 6 West Flanders Tribes (2006-2011)
  • Most consecutive Appearances in the playoffs:
    • 10 Brussels Black Angels (2001-2011)
  • Most consecutive wins:
    • 50 West Flanders Tribes (27 February 2007 - 4 June 2011)[5]
  • Longest streak no losses:
    • 53 West Flanders Tribes (21 May 2006 - 4 June 2011)
  • Most consecutive perfect seasons:
    • 4 West Flanders Tribes (2008-2011)
  • Most consecutive unbeaten seasons:
    • 5 West Flanders Tribes (2007-2011)[6]

See also[edit]

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