New England Football League
The New England Football League (NEFL) is a semi-professional American football league based in Salisbury, Massachusetts and owned by Thomas Torrisi. It is the largest semi-professional league in New England. The NEFL was founded in 1994 and was also known as the Greater Lawrence Men's Football League. In 2018, it comprises 25 teams, down from a recent high of 32, with about 2,000 players and at least two teams in each of the six New England states.
Since 2002, the NEFL has had single-A, AA, and AAA Conferences, with annual promotion and relegation among Conferences based on game results, so that the best teams work their way toward the AAA level.
The league provides competitive football for adult players. It is a "working man's league", as most players have regular jobs during the week. Teams practice on weeknights and play virtually all games on weekends. Players are not paid for their participation, but they often pay $200 to be on the team's roster. The league runs from July through September, followed by single-elimination championship tournaments within each Conference. Each team can dress up to 55 players.
The New England Football League was founded in 1994 by League President and Director of Marketing, Tom Torrisi, Chairman Matt Brien, Commissioner Bob Oreal, Vice-President and Treasurer John Motta and Secretary Christine Torrisi. It started its 1994 season with four teams. By 1997, the number of teams tripled to twelve; in 2002, the league had at least one team in each New England state, and started its three-conference alignment with three different skill levels, one for each conference. The 2006 was the first season with at least 30 teams, making the NEFL one of the largest semi-pro football leagues in the country.
The NEFL describes its rule set as "modified NCAA rules". Most rules are adopted from the NCAA rulebook, but there are also a few NFL rules and NEFL-specific rules. Games use a free-running clock until five minutes left in either half or overtime, at which time the clock stops according to NFL rules. Game time is usually kept by an official on the field, but for some games is kept on the scoreboard by a paid, uniformed official operating it.
Colonial Conference (AAA) (2018)
|Boston Bandits||Scagnoli-Nihill Playing Field at Boston English High School||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Connecticut Panthers||Falcon Field||Meriden, Connecticut|
|Granite State Warriors||Nor-Rock Field||Raymond, New Hampshire|
|Mass. State Wolverines||South Hadley High School||South Hadley, Massachusetts|
|Middleboro Cobras||Battis Field||Middleboro, Massachusetts|
|Mill City Eagles||Simonian Stadium||North Chelmsford, Massachusetts|
|New Hampshire Charge||Chabot McDonough Field at Manchester Memorial High School||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|North Shore Generals||Manning Field||Lynn, Massachusetts|
|Rhode Island Wardogs||North Smithfield High School||North Smithfield, Rhode Island|
|Southern Maine Raging Bulls||Memorial Stadium at Deering High School||Portland, Maine|
North Atlantic Conference (AA) (2018)
|Massachusetts Warriors||Wayland High School||Wayland, Massachusetts|
|New Haven Venom||Achievement First Amistad High School||New Haven, Connecticut|
|New London Nightmare||New London High School Field||New London, Connecticut|
|Rhode Island Riptide||Stebbins Field at Cranston Stadium||Cranston, Rhode Island|
|Worcester Wildcats||Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium||Worcester, Massachusetts|
Maritime Conference (A) (2018)
|Connecticut Gamblers||Tolland High School Field||Tolland, Connecticut|
|Green Valley Blackhawks||Old Killingly High School Field||Danielson, Connecticut|
|Hartford Colts||Cronan Park||Hartford, Connecticut|
|Cal Ripken Athletic Field at Anne Fisher Montessori School|
|Monadnock Marauders||Alumni Field at Keene High School||Keene, New Hampshire|
|Naugatuck Valley Riverdawgs||Naugatuck High School||Naugatuck, Connecticut|
|New Britain Brawlers||Clem Lemire Field||Newington, Connecticut|
|Seacoast Warhawks||Commissioners’ Field, Strafford County Farm||Dover, New Hampshire|
|Southern Vermont Storm||Storm Stadium at Lower Willow Park||Bennington, Vermont|
|Twin City Riot||Morse Field at Alfond Stadium, University of Maine||Orono, Maine|
|Vermont Ravens||Sabine Field at Norwich University||Northfield, Vermont|
|South Burlington High School||South Burlington, Vermont|
|1995||North Shore Rage|
|2000||Seacoast Hawks||Lowell Nor'easter|
|2001||Southern Maine Raging Bulls||Boston Bandits|
|2002||Connecticut Thunder||Vermont Ice Storm||Lowell Nor'easter|
|2003||Seacoast Hawks||New England Stars||Boston Bandits|
|2004||Hampton Hurricanes||Connecticut Thunder||Lowell Nor'easter|
|2005||Rhode Island Raptors||Seacoast Hawks||Boston Bandits|
|2006||Notre Dame Cobras||North Attleboro Renegades||Boston Bandits|
|2007||Leominster Razorbacks||Whaling City Clippers||Middleboro Cobras|
|2008||Tri City Charge||Whaling City Clippers||Middleboro Cobras|
|2009||Connecticut Spartans||New Hampshire Wolfpack||Tri City Charge||Lowell Nor'easter|
|2010||Seacoast Hawks||Connecticut Panthers||Western Mass Warriors||Lowell Nor'easter|
|2011||Rhode Island Riptide||New Hampshire Wolfpack||Connecticut Bearcats|
|2012||Connecticut Bearcats||Cape Cod Seadogs||South Shore Outlaws||Western Mass Warriors|
|2013||Central Mass Sabercats||Pioneer Valley Knights||Connecticut Panthers|
|2014||Brass City Brawlers||Rhode Island Wardogs||Connecticut Panthers|
|2015||Port City Vipers||Somerville Rampage||Boston Bandits|
|2016||Mass State Wolverines||South Coast Outlaws||Western Connecticut Militia|
|2017||Southern Vermont Storm||Mass State Wolverines||Connecticut Panthers|
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