New England Football League

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New England Football League
SportAmerican football
No. of teams30
CountryUnited States
Official website[1]

The New England Football League (NEFL) is a semi-professional American football league based in Salisbury, Massachusetts and owned by Thomas Torrisi.[1] It is the largest semi-professional league in New England.[2] The NEFL was founded in 1994 and was also known as the Greater Lawrence Men's Football League.[3] 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.[4][5] Teams practice on weeknights and play virtually all games on weekends.[2] Players are not paid for their participation, but they often pay $200 to be on the team's roster.[2][5] The league runs from July through September, followed by single-elimination championship tournaments within each Conference. Each team can dress up to 55 players.[6]

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.[2] 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 league is unrelated to the original NEFL, which operated form 1964 to 1969.[7]

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]

Team Stadium City/Area
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]

Team Stadium City/Area
Brunswick Bearcats La Salle Institute Troy, New York
Green Valley Blackhawks Old Killingly High School Field Danielson, Connecticut
Haverhill Hitmen Trinity Stadium Haverhill, Massachusetts
Mass 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]

Team Stadium City/Area
Connecticut Brawlers Clem Lemire Field Newington, Connecticut
Connecticut Gamblers Tolland High School Field Tolland, Connecticut
Hartford Colts Cal Ripken Athletic Field at Annie 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]

Annual League Champions Based on Conference[3]
Year Team A AA AAA
1994 Lawrence Lightning
1995 North Shore Rage
1996 Massachusetts Havoc
1997 Massachusetts Havoc
1998 Lowell Nor'easter
1999 Lowell Nor'easter
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[8] 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[9] 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
2018 Seacoast Warhawks Worcester Wildcats Boston Bandits
2019 Connecticut Brawlers Worcester Wildcats Marlboro Shamrocks

External links[edit]


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