English Women's Basketball League
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|No. of teams||26|
|Continent||FIBA Europe (Europe)|
|Anglia Ruskin University|
|Level on pyramid||2|
The Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) is a women's basketball league in England, covering semi-professional and amateur levels of the game. This is effectively seen as the second tier of women's basketball in the United Kingdom, along with the less celebrated Scottish Women's National League.
The EBL was established in 2003 by Basketball England to replace the former National Basketball League, which the league has since reverted to at the start of the 2015/2016 season, and currently operates three women's leagues in a regionalised structure, as well as the men's National Basketball League. The senior leagues are supported by a junior structure for both male and female players, with leagues for under-18s, under-16s and under-14s.
The NBL Leagues form the second and third level of women's competition in the United Kingdom, with the highest level consisting of the semi-professional Women's British Basketball League. There is no promotion and relegation between the National League and the Women's British Basketball League, which operates a franchise system, although teams seeking greater competition and exposure can apply to make the step from NBL to the WBBL.
When it was founded in 2003, the women's EBL consisted of two levels of competition; a nationalized Division 1, closely matching the WNBL Conference which existed under the previous structure, and a regionalized Division 2, originally split into North and South conferences. At this point, there was no level of competition above Division 1, nor any competition for clubs on a British level. From the 2007/2008 season onwards, Division 2 was split into three regions to allow for the greater number of clubs applying for national competition.
In 2014, England Basketball and the British Basketball League collaborated to form the Women's British Basketball League, which absorbed many of the largest women's clubs in the NBL, including the whole of Division 1. As a result, the most established and successful clubs in women's basketball in the United Kingdom are no longer part of the NBL. Initially, the NBL's women's leagues retained the original regionalised structure of the old Division 2, which meant only the end-of-season playoffs offering the opportunity for clubs from across the whole of England to compete against each other. A nationalised Division 1 was reinstated for the 2016/2017 season, with the new Division 2 split across a North/South divide.
|Anglia Ruskin University||Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre|
|Barking Abbey UEL||Barking Abbey Leisure Centre|
|Bristol Academy Flyers||SGS Arena|
|Team Birmingham Elite||The Factory|
|Ipswich Basketball Club||Copleston Sports Centre|
|Loughborough Student Riders||Loughborough Netball Centre|
|Oxford Brookes University||Oxford Brookes University|
|Reading Rockets||John Madejski Academy|
|Sevenoaks II||Knole Academy|
|Solent Kestrels Women||Park Leisure Centre|
|Southwark Pride Women||City Of London Academy|
|University of Nottingham||David Ross Sports Village|
WNBL Division 2 League for the 2018/2019 Season.
|Derbyshire Gems||Killamarsh Sports Centre||Cardiff City||Cardiff City House of Sport|
|Cardiff Met Archers II||Archers Arena|
|Mansfield Giants||Oak Tree Leisure Centre||Folkestone Saints||Folkestone Sport Centre|
|Northamptonshire Titans||Weavers Leisure Centre|
|Nottingham Trent Wildcats||Nottingham Wildcats Arena||Solent Kestrels II||St. Marys Leisure Centre|
|Worcester Wolves||Worcester Arena||Surrey Goldhawks||Winston Churchill School|
|University of Exeter||University Of Exeter|
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|2003/04||Rhondda Rebels||Sheffield Hatters||London Sting|
|2004/05||Rhondda Rebels||Sheffield Hatters||Nottingham Wildcats|
|2005/06||Rhondda Rebels||Sheffield Hatters||Nottingham Wildcats|
|2006/07||Sheffield Hatters||Rhondda Rebels||London Heathrow Acers|
|2007/08||Sheffield Hatters||Rhondda Rebels||Team Northumbria|
|2008/09||Sheffield Hatters||Cardiff Archers||Nottingham Wildcats|
|2009/10||Sheffield Hatters||Cardiff Archers||Nottingham Wildcats|
|2010/11||Sheffield Hatters||Cardiff Archers||Nottingham Wildcats|
|2011/12||Cardiff Archers||Sheffield Hatters||Barking Abbey Leopards|
|2012/13||Sheffield Hatters||Nottingham Wildcats||Barking Abbey|
|2013/14||Sheffield Hatters||Nottingham Wildcats||Loughborough Riders|
|Season||North Champions||South East Champions||South West Champions|
|2014/15||Sheffield Hallam Hatters||Oaklands College Wolves (St Albans)||Team Solent Suns|
|2015/16||Charnwood College Riders||Southwark Pride||Reading Rockets|
|2016/17||Solent Kestrels||Southwark Pride||Charnwood College Riders|
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|2003/04||Sheffield Hatters||Rhondda Rebels||72 - 61|
|2004/05||Rhondda Rebels||Sheffield Hatters||64 - 58|
|2005/06||Sheffield Hatters||Rhondda Rebels||79 - 67|
|2006/07||Sheffield Hatters||Rhondda Rebels||76 - 63|
|2007/08||Rhondda Rebels||Sheffield Hatters||72 - 70|
|2008/09||Sheffield Hatters||Cardiff Archers||81 - 48|
|2009/10||Cardiff Archers||Sheffield Hatters||56 - 52|
|2010/11||Sheffield Hatters||Cardiff Archers||91 - 69|
|2011/12||Sheffield Hatters||Cardiff Archers||93 - 72|
|2012/13||Sheffield Hatters||Barking Abbey||70 - 57|
|2013/14||Loughborough Riders||Sheffield Hatters||68 - 63|
|2014/15||Team Solent Suns||Oaklands College Wolves (St Albans)||63 - 50|
|2015/16||Southwark Pride||Reading Rockets||68 - 59|
|2016/17||Southwark Pride||Solent Kestrels||67 - 53|
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