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Belgian Football League

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Belgian Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 BFL season
SportAmerican football
Founded1987
No. of teams18
Country Belgium
 Luxembourg
Most recent
champion(s)
Ostend Pirates[1]
Related
competitions
FAFL & LFFAB
Official websitewww.BFL.com

The Belgian American Football League (BFL) is the amateur sports league for American football in Belgium. The league currently consists of fourteen teams from Belgian cities and regions and one team from Luxembourg. The league is divided into two conferences—the Flemish American Football League (FAFL) and Ligue Francophone de Football Americain de Belgique (LFFAB). At the end of each regular season, three teams from each conference play in the BFL playoffs, a six-team single-elimination tournament that culminates with the championship game, known as the Belgian Bowl.[2]

Seasons

Football rules

The BFL uses this field layout, spanning 100yards from one endzone to the other.
The BFL uses this field layout, spanning 100yards from one endzone to the other.

The BFL uses the American college football rules: (2013/2014 NCAA Rulebook). These differ from the popular professional league of the United States, the NFL. The officials are organised in the Belgian american football officials committee (BAFOC).

The conferences

The BFL is divided into a Dutch-speaking conference and a French-speaking conference, based on the northern Flemish Community and the southern French Community of Belgium. These two communities intermingle in the territory of Brussels, two teams based in Brussels play in the Dutch (FAFL) and one team plays in the French (LFFAB). The LFFAB has one team from Luxembourg, the Steelers. The conferences are important for the championship game as they determine who will participate in the play-offs. Teams only play interconference games in the play-offs.

Teams

There are 18 BFL teams. The La Louvière Wolves are on hold. New teams must be located 20 km from an existing team. This rule does not apply for Brussels.

Team locations

BFL Records

  • Most national championships:
    • 8 West Flanders Tribes (2000, 2001, 2006-2011)
  • Most appearances in a national championship:
    • 12 Brussels Black Angels (1996-1998, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015-2018)
  • Most consecutive national championships:
    • 6 West Flanders Tribes (2006-2011)[3]
  • Most consecutive appearances in a national championship:
    • 6 West Flanders Tribes (2006-2011)
  • Most consecutive appearances in the playoffs:
    • 10 Brussels Black Angels (2001-2011)
  • Most consecutive wins:
    • 50 West Flanders Tribes (27 February 2007 - 4 June 2011)[4]
  • Longest streak no losses:
    • 53 West Flanders Tribes (21 May 2006 - 4 June 2011)
  • Most consecutive perfect seasons:
    • 4 West Flanders Tribes (2008-2011)
  • Most consecutive unbeaten seasons:
    • 5 West Flanders Tribes (2007-2011)[5]

See also

References

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  3. ^ http://www.efaf.info/text.php?Inhalt=Newsmeldung&ID=1391
  4. ^ http://www.efaf.info/text.php?Inhalt=Newsmeldung&ID=1391
  5. ^ http://www.efaf.info/text.php?Inhalt=Newsmeldung&ID=1391

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