List of NAIA conferences

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The following is a list of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics's conferences as of the 2016–17 school year.

Football conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Central States Football League CSFL 2000 7 [FB 1] 1 Waco, Texas CSFL-USA-states.PNG
Frontier Conference Frontier 1952 7 [FB 2] 16 Billings, Montana Frontier Conference-USA-states.PNG
Great Plains Athletic Conference GPAC 1969 11 [FB 3] 19 Sioux City, Iowa GPAC-USA-states.PNG
Heart of America Athletic Conference HAAC 1971 14 [FB 4] 20 Overland Park, Kansas HAAC-USA-states.PNG
NAIA Independents 0 [FB 5] 1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference KCAC 1928 12 [FB 6] 21 Wichita, Kansas KCAC-USA-states.PNG
Mid-South Conference MSC 1995 8 [FB 7] 22 Louisville, Kentucky MSC-USA-states.PNG
Mid-States Football Association MSFA 1993 13 [FB 8] 1 Findlay, Ohio MSFA-USA-states.PNG
North Star Athletic Association NSAA 2013 9 [FB 9] 18 Jamestown, North Dakota NSAA Conference map.svg
Sun Conference The Sun 1990 11 [FB 10] 16 Daytona Beach, Florida FSC-USA-states.PNG
Notes
  1. ^ 9 members in 2017 with addition of Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Texas Wesleyan University
  2. ^ 7 members; 8 football members with football affiliates Eastern Oregon University, College of Idaho, and Southern Oregon University.
  3. ^ 11 members; 9 football members.
  4. ^ 14 members; 12 football members.
  5. ^ 1 member in 2018 with addition of Keiser University (no conference affiliation announced)
  6. ^ 12 members; 10 football members.
  7. ^ 8 members; 13 football members with football affiliates Bethel University, Bluefield College, Cincinnati Christian University, Faulkner University, Kentucky Christian University, Reinhardt University, and Union College.
    • 8 members; 20 football members with addition of all 6 football playing members and affiliates of the Sun Conference, and St. Andrews University. The divisional alignment will be as follows:
      • Bluegrass: Bethel, Campbellsville, Cincinnati Christian, Cumberland (TN), Georgetown, Kentucky Christian, Lindsey Wilson
      • Appalachian: Bluefield, Cumberlands (KY), Pikeville, Point, Reinhardt, St. Andrews, Union
      • Sun: Ave Maria, Edward Waters, Faulkner, Southeastern, Warner, Webber International
  8. ^ 14 members in 2018 with addition of Indiana Wesleyan University
  9. ^ 9 members; 7 football members
  10. ^ 11 members; 6 football members with football affiliates Edward Waters College and Point University.
    • 12 members in 2017 with addition of College of Coastal Georgia.
    • No football members in 2017 as all football-playing members and affiliates become affiliates of the Mid-South Conference.

Non-football conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
American Midwest Conference AMC 1998 13 17 St. Louis, Missouri AMWC conference map.png
Appalachian Athletic Conference AAC 1985 13 19 Asheville, North Carolina AppAC conference map.png
California Pacific Conference CalPac 1996 12 10 Oakland, California CalPac conference map.png
Cascade Collegiate Conference CCC 1988 11 13 Clackamas, Oregon Cascade conference map.png
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference CCAC 1949 15 [NF 1] 16 Milwaukee, Wisconsin CACC conference map.png
Crossroads League CL 1959 10 15 Hartford City, Indiana MCCC conference map.png
Golden State Athletic Conference GSAC 1986 9 [NF 2] 13 Irvine, California GSAC conference map.png
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference GCAC 1981 7 16 Liberty, Missouri GCAC conference map.png
NAIA Independents 24 [NF 3] 21 NAIA Independent conference map.png
Red River Athletic Conference RRAC 1998 13 15 Dallas, Texas RRAC conference map.png
River States Conference RSC 1916 13 15 Florence, Kentucky River States Conference map.svg
Sooner Athletic Conference SAC 1978 10 [NF 4] 15 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma SAC conference map.png
Southern States Athletic Conference SSAC 1999 12 [NF 5] 15 Atlanta, Georgia SSAC-map.png
Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference WHAC 1992 12 [NF 6] 21 Livonia, Michigan WHAC conference map.png
Notes
  1. ^ 14 members in 2017 with loss of Purdue University Northwest
  2. ^ 8 members in 2017 with loss of Biola University
  3. ^ 28 members in 2017 with loss of Central Christian College of Kansas and Rochester College, and addition of Cleary University, Florida College, Life Pacific College, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Rust College, and College of St. Joseph
  4. ^ 12 members in 2017 with addition of Central Christian College of Kansas and Oklahoma Panhandle State University
  5. ^ 11 members in 2017 with loss of College of Coastal Georgia
  6. ^ 12 members in 2017 with addition of Rochester College and loss of Davenport University

Defunct conferences[edit]

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