New England Football League

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The New England Football League (NEFL) is a semi-professional American football league based out of Salisbury, Massachusetts and owned by Thomas Torrisi.[1] It is the largest semi-professional league in the region.[2] The NEFL was founded in 1994 and was also known as the Greater Lawrence Men's Football League.[3] It currently consists of 32 teams with about 2,000 players playing in three different classifications (A, AA, AAA) with at least two teams based in each of the six New England states.[2][4] The league provides competitive football for adult players. It is a "working man's league" as most players have regular jobs during the week.[5][6] Teams practice on weeknights and play on the weekends, most games on weekends.[2] Players are not paid for their participation, but they often pay $200 to be on the team's roster.[2][6] The league runs from spring until October.[6] Each team can dress up to 55 players.[7]

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 only four teams. By 1997 number of teams tripled to twelve. And in 2002, the league had at least one team in each New England state. Also in that year the league 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 playing in the league making it one of the largest semi-pro football leagues in the country.

Game rules[edit]

The NEFL uses what they refer to as modified NCAA rules[3]. Most of the rules are adopted from the NCAA rule book. But there are a few NFL rules and some rules specific to the NEFL that have been adopted.

Current teams[edit]

Colonial Conference (AAA)[edit]

Team Stadium City/Area
Boston Bandits Scagnoli-Nihill Playing Field at Boston English High School Boston, Massachusetts
Connecticut Bearcats Riccitelli Field at Sheehan High School Wallingford, Connecticut
Connecticut Panthers Falcon Field Meriden, Connecticut
Merrimack Valley Nor'Easter Cawley Memorial Stadium Lowell, Massachusetts
New Hampshire Charge Chabot McDonough Field at Manchester Memorial High School Manchester, New Hampshire
North Shore Generals Manning Field Lynn, Massachusetts
Rhode Island Wardogs North Smithfield High School North Smithfield, Rhode Island
Somerville Rampage Dilboy Stadium Somerville, Massachusetts
Southern Maine Raging Bulls Memorial Stadium at Deering High School Portland, Maine
Western Mass Armor Roberts Field at Holyoke High School Holyoke, Massachusetts

North Atlantic Conference (AA)[edit]

Team Stadium City/Area
NORTHERN DIVISION
Central Mass Sabercats Doyle Field Leominster, Massachusetts
Granite State Destroyers Nor-Rock Field Raymond, New Hampshire
Nashua Empire Nashua High School South Nashua, New Hampshire
Southern New Hampshire Beavers George Simonian Stadium at Chelmsford High School North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
SOUTHERN DIVISION
Green Valley Blackhawks H. H. Ellis Technical High School Danielson, Connecticut
Mass State Wolverines South Hadley High School South Hadley, Massachusetts
New London County Sharks Stonington High School Palmer Field Pawcatuck, Connecticut
Rhode Island Riptide Stebbins Field at Cranston Stadium Cranston, Rhode Island
Southeastern Hurricanes Paul Walsh Field New Bedford, Massachusetts
Worcester Wildcats Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium Worcester, Massachusetts

Maritime Conference (A)[edit]

Team Stadium City/Area
Connecticut Gamblers Tolland High School Field Tolland, Connecticut
Franklin County Greyhounds Mahar High School Orange, Massachusetts
Hartford Colts Cal Ripken Athletic Field at Anne Fisher Montessori School Hartford, Connecticut
Mass Warriors Wayland High School Wayland, Massachusetts
Mid-Coast Falcons Larrabee Field Knox, Maine
Monadnock Marauders Alumni Field at Keene High School Keene, New Hampshire
New Britain Brawlers Clem Lemire Field Newington, Connecticut
New Haven Venom Barbarito/Marone Field at Wilbur Cross High School New Haven, Connecticut
Seacoast Warhawks Commissioners’ Field Dover, New Hampshire
Southern Vermont Storm Schuylerville High School Field; Spinelli Field Bennington, Vermont
South Shore Chiefs Mansfield High School Mansfield, Massachusetts
Vermont Ravens Sabine Field at Norwich University Northfield, 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

References[edit]

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  6. ^ a b c "Semipro football players in it for love of the game - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
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  9. ^ Correspondent, Rob Duca. "SOUTH COAST OUTLAWS: The boys are back in town". Wicked Local Wareham. Retrieved 2016-04-01.