The British American Football League
(BAFL) was the United Kingdom
's primary American Football
league. It was formerly known as the British Senior League (BSL) until 2005. BAFL was the trading name for Gridiron Football League Ltd incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee. Registration number: 2353839. The company went into administration
on 1 April 2010, and the company ceased to trade as from this date.
The League had 3 division
: Premier, 1 and 2, each with a playoff series and championship game to determine a winner. The Championship participants were promoted to the divisions above and the lowest ranking teams in each division are relegated.
Teams competed annually to reach the championship game (BritBowl
) and win the Boston Trophy
. The game was traditionally hosted at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium
, however the venue for the finals was switched in 2008
because of a schedule conflict with Rotherham United FC
, the stadium's temporary tenants, with the match instead being played at the Keepmoat Stadium
The league ceased operations on 1 April 2010 following their decision to split away from the British American Football Association
. The league was replaced by the BAFA Community Leagues
for the 2010 season, although the organisation of American Football in the UK past 2010 is unclear at this point.