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 2019, it comprises 30 teams, up from 25 in 2018 but 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.
League history Edit
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.
Game rules Edit
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.
Current teams Edit
Colonial Conference (AAA) (2019) Edit
|Bay State Buccaneers||Marciano Stadium||Brockton, Massachusetts|
|Boston Bandits||West Roxbury High School||West Roxbury, Massachusetts|
|Connecticut Panthers||Falcon Field||Meriden, Connecticut|
|Marlboro Shamrocks||Kelleher Field||Marlboro, Massachusetts|
|Middleboro Cobras||Battis Field||Middleboro, Massachusetts|
|Mill City Eagles||Simonian Stadium||North Chelmsford, Massachusetts|
|New Hampshire Nor'easter||Chabot McDonough Field at Manchester Memorial High School||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|North Shore Generals||Manning Field||Lynn, Massachusetts|
|Southern Maine Raging Bulls||Memorial Stadium at Deering High School||Portland, Maine|
|Southern New England Admirals||Mansfield High School||Mansfield, Massachusetts|
|Taunton Gladiators||Taunton High School||Taunton, Massachusetts|
|Troy City Titans||Durfee High School||Fall River, Massachusetts|
North Atlantic Conference (AA) (2019) Edit
|Brunswick Bearcats||La Salle Institute||Troy, New York|
|Green Valley Blackhawks||Old Killingly High School Field||Danielson, Connecticut|
|Haverhill Hitmen||Trinity Stadium||Haverhill, Massachusetts|
|Massachusetts Warriors||Sabourin Field||Bedford, Massachusetts|
|Mystic River Tigers||Hormel Stadium||Medford, Massachusetts|
|Seacoast Warhawks||Commissioners’ Field, Strafford County Farm||Dover, New Hampshire|
|Southern Vermont Storm||Storm Stadium at Lower Willow Park||Bennington, Vermont|
|Worcester Wildcats||Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium||Worcester, Massachusetts|
Maritime Conference (A) (2019) Edit
|Connecticut Brawlers||Clem Lemire Field||Newington, Connecticut|
|Connecticut Gamblers||Tolland High School Field||Tolland, Connecticut|
|Hartford Colts||Cal Ripken Athletic Field at Anne Fisher Montessori School||Hartford, Connecticut|
|Monadnock Marauders||Alumni Field at Keene High School||Keene, New Hampshire|
|Naugatuck Valley Riverdawgs||Cheshire High School||Cheshire, Connecticut|
|New England Crusaders||Bristol Eastern High School||Bristol, Connecticut|
|New Haven Venom||Achievement First Amistad High School||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Rhode Island Riptide||Stebbins Field at Cranston Stadium||Cranston, Rhode Island|
|Vermont Ravens||South Burlington High School||South Burlington, Vermont|
League champions Edit
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