New England Conference

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New England Conference
Established 1923
Dissolved 1947
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 5
Region Northeastern United States
New England Conference locations

The New England Conference (full name: New England College Conference of Intercollegiate Athletics) was a collegiate sports conference in the Eastern United States, more specifically in New England, that operated from 1923 to 1947. As four of its charter members remained aligned in football from the conference's inception through 2011, this conference can be considered the earliest ancestor of today's Colonial Athletic Association football conference.


The conference had five members—four of them public land-grant institutions, and the other the private Northeastern University. Specifically, the four public schools in the conference were what are now known as the Universities of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

When Northeastern left the conference in 1945, the four remaining members plus New England's two other major public land-grant institutions, the University of Massachusetts and the University of Vermont, formed the Yankee Conference under a new charter, officially beginning play in 1947.

The Yankee Conference would become football-only in 1975, and then was absorbed by the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997. Membership changes in rival conference the Colonial Athletic Association would give that conference 6 football-playing members starting in 2005-06, all of which had football in the A-10.

With that, the CAA announced its football-sponsoring full members would start playing football in the CAA in 2007. Eventually, it was agreed that the A-10 would hand off management of its entire football conference to the CAA.

Further illustrating the continuity between these conferences, the automatic berth of the Yankee Conference in the Division I FCS playoffs passed in succession to the A10 and CAA.


  • Connecticut State College (now University of Connecticut)
  • University of Maine
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Northeastern University
  • Rhode Island State College (now University of Rhode Island)


This is a partial list of champions of the New England Conference.


Season Champion Conference record
1923 Maine 3–0
1924 Connecticut 3–0
1925 New Hampshire 2–0–1
1926 Connecticut
New Hampshire
1927 Maine 3–0
1928 Maine
1929 New Hampshire 2–0
1930 New Hampshire 2–0
1931 New Hampshire
Rhode Island
1932 Maine 2–0–1
1933 Rhode Island 2–0
1934 New Hampshire
1935 Maine 1–0
1936 Connecticut State 2–0
1937 Connecticut State
New Hampshire
1938 Rhode Island 2–0
1939 Maine 3–0
1940 New Hampshire 2–0
1941 Rhode Island 2–0
1942 New Hampshire
1943 No competition
1944 Maine
New Hampshire
1945 Connecticut
Rhode Island
1946 New Hampshire 3–0–1

Men's basketball[edit]

Season Champion Conference record
1936–37 Rhode Island 8–0
1937–38 Rhode Island 8–0
1938–39 Rhode Island 7–1
1939–40 Rhode Island 8–0
1940–41 Connecticut
Rhode Island
1941–42 Rhode Island 8–0
1942–43 Rhode Island 7–1
1945–46 Rhode Island 4–0

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