At 9.52pm on Saturday the ‘BAFA Director Of Competitions’ Russ Hewitt, announced through an email to team General Managers that the BAFANL Adult was undergoing a slight expansion after taking on the constructive criticism from team General Managers, Coaches, Presidents and players alike.
As far as we are aware, the format for the Premiership and Division Two will be staying the same, however, Division One has been expanded from 16 to 18 teams and the two conferences have been increased to three. The new conference in Division One has been called the ‘MFC’ (Midlands Football Conference).
The teams taking part in the MFC1 will be the Doncaster Mustangs, the Nottingham Caesars, the Sandwell Steelers, the Birmingham Bulls, the Peterborough Saxons and the Ouse Valley Eagles.
The teams taking part it the southern SFC1 will be the Hertfordshire Cheetahs, the Colchester Gladiators, Bury Saints, the Kent Exiles, the Solent Thrashers and the Sussex Thunder.
The teams taking part in the north’s NFC1 will be the Edinburgh Wolves, the Clyde Valley Blackhawks, the West Coast Trojans, the Gateshead Senators, the Yorkshire Rams and the Manchester Titans.
This means there are now eight new teams taking part in Division One this year, seven teams were promoted from Division Two (Sandwell, Peterborough, Bury, Kent, Sussex, Manchester, West Coast Trojans) and the Yorkshire Rams were relegated from the Premiership.
Both the Farnham Knights and the Merseyside Nighthawks have been promoted to the Premiership. The Premiership North now consists of the East Kilbride Pirates, the Tamworth Phoenix, the Lancashire Wolverines, the Coventry Jets, the Sheffield Predators and the aforementioned Nighthawks. The Prem South now consists of the London Warriors, the London Blitz, the Bristol Aztecs, the London Olympians, the South Wales Warriors and the newly promoted Knights.
This also means that each team team will play each other twice in the new conferences, adding up to a 10 game regular season. There will be no inter-conference games in Division One.
With the move to three Conferences, this has also meant the inclusion of a National Playoff format, something that was requested throughout the Britball nation. First and second place in each conference in Division One will automatically qualify for the post season along with the best two of three third place teams.
The Division One National Bowl finalists will both be promoted to Premier, inserted in on a regional basis. This permits two teams from same conference being promoted if they each earn a bowl spot.
Information about Division Two has intentionally not been shared, the league waiting until the Associate process for 2016 entry is completed in December. However, we can confirm Shropshire, Chester, Cambridgeshire and& East Kent will be competing in Division Two for 2016. The successful Associate Teams will be announced between 1st December 2015 and the final deadline date of the 20th December. Once these teams are all confirmed, their maybe some slight re-shuffles of conferences to make regional sense.
You can read the entire PDF that was sent by Russ Hewitt below.