Northeastern Football Alliance

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Northeastern Football Alliance
Formerly New York Amateur Football League
Sport American football
Founded 1997
Commissioner JR Bennion
No. of teams 12
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) Troy's Fightin' Irish
Most titles Buffalo Gladiators
Official website www.nfaleague.com

The Northeastern Football Alliance is an amateur-semiprofessional American football league based mostly in upstate New York. It was formerly known as the New York Amateur Football League, which split off from the Mid Continental Football League in the mid-1990s after the MCFL contracted into the midwest. The NFA traditionally plays its games during the summer months.

The NFA shares territory with the United Elite Football League[1] Empire Football League; most of the NFA's teams are in western and central New York whereas the EFL mostly covers the eastern half of the state. Both the UEFL and NFA split off from the MCFL, the NFA in 1997 and the UEFL in 2012, and both are based in Western New York (the UEFL's four teams play primarily in Erie and Niagara counties while the NFA's are more spread out in the rural areas), but the two leagues have yet to come to an agreement to play against each other (the UEFL instead plays games against the EFL and teams from Pennsylvania).

As of the end of 2008, Minor League Football News has two NFA teams, the Albany Metro Mallers and Monroe County Sting, as the two best teams in all of semiprofessional football.1

The Lyndonville Tigers went 11-2 in the 2009 season losing only to the Syracuse Shock in the regular season and to the Monroe County Sting in the NFA's Finals. Sting Finished 12-1 to claim the NFA title

In 2010 Troy's Fighting Irish won the NFA title by defeating the Jamestown Chiefs and went on to represent the NFA by winning the Sunshine Bowl IX "Florida Bowl".

Once again in 2011 Troy's Fighting Irish won the NFA title in the battle of unbeatens against the Finger Lakes Impact. Troy finised 12-0 in NFA play and went on to defend their title only to lose in the Sunshine Bowl X AFNT AAA National Championship and finished their 2011 run 12-1.

Teams

Buffalo Gladiators

A charter NYAFL/NFA team, the Gladiators are based in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo has had numerous homes in the team's history and is expected to play at Jim Ball Field (adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium) in Orchard Park, New York for the 2013 season.

Chautauqua County Stampede

Based in Sherman, New York, the Stampede is the newest member of the league, joining in 2013. The Stampede shut down partway through the 2013 season due to lack of players.

Cortland Bulldogs

Based in Cortland, New York.

Finger Lakes Impact

Based in Waterloo, New York, the Impact entered the League in 2011 and play their home games at Tom Coughlin Stadium in Waterloo, New York.

Glove Cities Colonials

A team representing the "Glove Cities" (Johnstown-Gloversville-Amsterdam) of the eastern Mohawk Valley. Like the Gladiators, the Colonials have been with the league since its beginning, although there have been some interruptions.

Jamestown Chiefs

The Chiefs are based in Jamestown, New York and play at Strider Field.

Lyndonville Tigers

The Tigers are based in Lyndonville, New York and play their home games at Pembroke Town Park in Pembroke, New York. The Tigers went 11-2 in the 2009 season losing only to the syracuse shock in the regular season and to the monroe county sting in the NFA's Finals. (previous season records, (NYAFL '04 7-6, '05 3-8, '06 11-3, NFA '07 8-5, '08 10-3, '09 11-2, '10 8-4, '11 8-4, All-Time Franchise Record 66-35 (43-26) All-Time Winning Percentage .653 %)

North Country Bucks

Formed in 2013.

Oneonta Stallions

The Stallions are based in Oneonta, New York and play on the campus of Hartwick College.

Southern Tier Diesel

The Southern Tier Diesel are based in Olean, New York. They joined the league in 2005 (originally representing Steuben County) and relocated to its current home, Bradner Stadium in Olean, in December 2008.2 The Diesel are the only NFA team to have a radio broadcaster; home games are broadcast on WGWE.

Ithaca Warriors

Originally based in Odessa, New York; the Warriors joined the NFA in 2011 and moved to Ithaca, New York in 2013.

Nickel City Kings

The Kings, another Buffalo-based football team, had played in several other leagues before joining the NFA in 2013.

Troy's Fighting Irish

Based in Troy, New York.

Utica Yarddawgs

The Yarddawgs are the fifth team to represent Oneida County in the NYAFL or NFA. Joining the League in 2012, previous teams representing the area include the former Utica Yard Dogs, Oneida County Titans, Rome Rampage, and Mohawk Valley Vikings.

Watertown Revolution

The Revolution are based in Watertown, New York and were formed in 2008 after a failed attempt to purchase the Watertown Red & Black and bring that team into the NFA

Western New York Dragons

The Dragons are based in Black Rock and Riverside, two communities in the city of Buffalo. They play their home games at Kunz Stadium on the campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo.3

Previous teams

Historically, at least one team has represented the Rochester and Syracuse areas. The Central New York Express had been in existence since the 1980s, but disbanded and were replaced by the Syracuse Shock in 2008 and 2009; the Shock will joined the North American Football League in 2010. Meanwhile, in Rochester, the long-established Monroe County Sting were members of the league after the NYFL disbanded until leaving to the United States Football Alliance in 2010.

NFA/NYAFL past Champions

  • 2011 Troy's Fighting Irish
  • 2010 Troy's Fighting Irish
  • 2009 Monroe County Sting
  • 2008 Albany Metro Mallers
  • 2007 Monroe County Sting
  • 2006 Buffalo Gladiators
  • 2005 Monroe County Sting
  • 2004 Buffalo Gladiators
  • 2003 Central NY Express (currently Syracuse Shock)
  • 2002 Buffalo Gladiators
  • 2001 Buffalo Gladiators
  • 2000 Buffalo Gladiators
  • 1999 Buffalo Gladiators
  • 1998 Batavia Titans (defunct)
  • 1997 Buffalo Gladiators

References

  1. ^ MLFN standings
  2. ^ http://www.oleantimesherald.com/articles/2008/12/18/news/doc494a5d03ae6b2397128909.txt
  3. ^ Kingston, Rachel. "Special football game honors Savior." WIVB-TV. Retrieved July 29, 2013.

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