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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football National Championship is decided by a post-season playoff system featuring the best NAIA college football teams in the United States. Under sponsorship of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the championship game has been played annually since 1956.[1] In 1970, NAIA football was divided into two divisions, Division I and Division II, with a championship game played in each division. In 1997, NAIA football was again consolidated into one division. The game is currently played at Daytona Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida.[2]

Texas A&I (now known as Texas A&M–Kingsville) have been the most prolific program with seven NAIA championships. Carroll (MT) are the most successful team still playing at the NAIA level, with 6 national titles.

Morningside (IA) are the current champions, having defeated Benedictine (KS) in the 2018 championship, 35-28.

Game name[edit | edit source]

Over the years, the NAIA championship games were played under a variety of names:

A separate NAIA Division II Football National Championship was played between 1970 and 1996, when there were two divisions at the NAIA level.

Results[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Site
1956 Montana State
[[{{{school}}}|Saint Joseph's (IN)]]
0–0[lower-alpha 3] Little Rock, Arkansas
1957 Pittsburg State 27–26 [[{{{school}}}|Hillsdale]] Saint Petersburg, Florida
1958 [[{{{school}}}|Northeastern State]] 19–13 [[{{{school}}}|Arizona State–Flagstaff]] Saint Petersburg, Florida
1959 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 20–7 Lenoir–Rhyne Saint Petersburg, Florida
1960 Lenoir–Rhyne 15–14 Humboldt State Saint Petersburg, Florida
1961 Pittsburg State 12–7 Linfield Sacramento, California
1962 Central State (OK) 28–13 Lenoir–Rhyne Sacramento, California
1963 Saint John's 33–27 Prairie View A&M Sacramento, California
1964 Concordia-Moorhead
Sam Houston State
7–7[lower-alpha 3] Augusta, Georgia
1965 Saint John's 33–0 Linfield Augusta, Georgia
1966 [[{{{school}}}|Waynesburg]] 42–21 Wisconsin–Whitewater Tulsa, Oklahoma
1967 [[{{{school}}}|Fairmont State]] 28–21 Eastern Washington Morgantown, West Virginia
1968 Troy State 43–35 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] Montgomery, Alabama
1969 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 32–7 Concordia-Moorhead Kingsville, Texas
1970 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 48–7 Wofford Greenville, South Carolina
1971 [[{{{school}}}|Livingston]] 14–12 [[{{{school}}}|Arkansas Tech]] Birmingham, Alabama
1972 East Texas State 21–18 Carson–Newman Commerce, Texas
1973 Abilene Christian 42–14 [[{{{school}}}|Elon]] Shreveport, Louisiana
1974 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 34–23 [[{{{school}}}|Henderson State]] Kingsville, Texas
1975 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 37–0 Salem Kingsville, Texas
1976 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 26–0 Central Arkansas Kingsville, Texas
1977 Abilene Christian 24–7 [[{{{school}}}|Southwestern Oklahoma State]] Seattle, Washington
1978 [[{{{school}}}|Angelo State]] 34–14 [[{{{school}}}|Elon]] McAllen, Texas
1979 [[{{{school}}}|Texas A&I]] 20–14 [[{{{school}}}|Central State (OK)]] McAllen, Texas
1980 [[{{{school}}}|Elon]] 17–10 [[{{{school}}}|Northeastern State]] Burlington, North Carolina
1981 [[{{{school}}}|Elon]] 3–0 Pittsburg State Burlington, North Carolina
1982 Central State (OK) 14–11 [[{{{school}}}|Mesa State]] Edmond, Oklahoma
1983 Carson–Newman 36–28 [[{{{school}}}|Mesa State]] Grand Junction, Colorado
1984 Carson–Newman
Central Arkansas
19–19[lower-alpha 3] Conway, Arkansas
1985 Hillsdale
Central Arkansas
10–10[lower-alpha 3] Conway, Arkansas
1986 Carson–Newman 17–0 [[{{{school}}}|Cameron]] Jefferson City, Tennessee
1987 [[{{{school}}}|Cameron]] 30–2 Carson–Newman Lawton, Oklahoma
1988 Carson–Newman 56–21 [[{{{school}}}|Adams State]] Jefferson City, Tennessee
1989 Carson–Newman 34–20 [[{{{school}}}|Emporia State]] Jefferson City, Tennessee
1990 [[{{{school}}}|Central State (OH)]] 38–16 [[{{{school}}}|Mesa State]] Grand Junction, Colorado
1991 Central Arkansas 19–16 [[{{{school}}}|Central State (OH)]] Wilberforce, Ohio
1992 [[{{{school}}}|Central State (OH)]] 19–16 [[{{{school}}}|Gardner–Webb]] Boiling Springs, North Carolina
1993 [[{{{school}}}|East Central]] 49–35 [[{{{school}}}|Glenville State]] Ada, Oklahoma
1994 [[{{{school}}}|Northeastern State]] 13–12 [[{{{school}}}|Arkansas–Pine Bluff]] Pine Bluff, Arkansas
1995 [[{{{school}}}|Central State (OH)]] 37–7 [[{{{school}}}|Northeastern State]] Tahlequah, Oklahoma
1996 [[{{{school}}}|Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs]] 33–31 [[{{{school}}}|Montana Tech]] Weatherford, Oklahoma
1997 [[{{{school}}}|Findlay]] 14–7 Willamette Savannah, Tennessee
1998 [[{{{school}}}|Azusa Pacific]] 17–14 Olivet Nazarene Savannah, Tennessee
1999 [[{{{school}}}|Northwestern Oklahoma State]] 34–26 Georgetown (KY) Savannah, Tennessee
2000 Georgetown (KY) 20–0 [[{{{school}}}|Northwestern Oklahoma State]] Savannah, Tennessee
2001 Georgetown (KY) 49–27 Sioux Falls Savannah, Tennessee
2002 Carroll 28–7 Georgetown (KY) Savannah, Tennessee
2003 Carroll 41–28 [[{{{school}}}|Northwestern Oklahoma State]] Savannah, Tennessee
2004 Carroll 15–13 (2 OT) Saint Francis (IN) Savannah, Tennessee
2005 Carroll 27–10 Saint Francis (IN) Savannah, Tennessee
2006 Sioux Falls 23–19 Saint Francis (IN) Savannah, Tennessee
2007 Carroll 17–9 [[{{{school}}}|Sioux Falls]] Savannah, Tennessee
2008 Sioux Falls 23–7 Carroll Rome, Georgia
2009 Sioux Falls 25–22 [[{{{school}}}|Lindenwood]] Rome, Georgia
2010 Carroll 10–7 [[{{{school}}}|Sioux Falls]] Rome, Georgia
2011 Saint Xavier 24–20 Carroll Rome, Georgia
2012 Marian 30–27 (OT) Morningside Rome, Georgia
2013 Grand View 35–23 University of the Cumberlands Rome, Georgia
2014 Southern Oregon 55–31 Marian Daytona Beach, Florida
2015 Marian 31–14 Southern Oregon Daytona Beach, Florida
2016 Saint Francis (IN) 38–17 Baker Daytona Beach, Florida
2017 Saint Francis (IN) 24–13 Reinhardt Daytona Beach, Florida
2018 Morningside 35-28 Benedictine Daytona Beach, Florida

Championships by school[edit | edit source]

Team Championships Winning years
Texas A&I (Texas A&M–Kingsville) 7 1959, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979
Carroll 6 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
Carson-Newman 5 1983, 1984[lower-alpha 4], 1986, 1988, 1989
Central Arkansas 3 1984[lower-alpha 4], 1985[lower-alpha 4], 1991
Central State (OH) 3 1990, 1992, 1995
Sioux Falls 3 2006, 2008, 2009
Pittsburg State 2 1957, 1961
Saint John's (MN) 2 1963, 1965
Abilene Christian 2 1973, 1977
Elon 2 1980, 1981
Central State (OK) (Central Oklahoma) 2 1962, 1982
Northeastern State 2 1958, 1994
Georgetown (KY) 2 2000, 2001
Marian 2 2012, 2015
Saint Francis (IN) 2 2016, 2017
Montana State 1 1956[lower-alpha 4]
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 1956[lower-alpha 4]
Lenoir-Rhyne 1 1960
Concordia–Moorhead 1 1964[lower-alpha 4]
Sam Houston State 1 1964[lower-alpha 4]
Waynesburg 1 1966
Fairmont State 1 1967
Troy State 1 1968
Livingston 1 1971
East Texas State (Texas A&M–Commerce) 1 1972
Angelo State 1 1978
Hillsdale 1 1985[lower-alpha 4]
Cameron 1 1987
East Central (OK) 1 1993
Southwestern Oklahoma 1 1996
Findlay (OH) 1 1997
Azusa Pacific 1 1998
Northwestern Oklahoma 1 1999
Saint Xavier 1 2011
Grand View 1 2013
Southern Oregon 1 2014
Morningside 1 2018

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Template:NAIA football


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