New Era for UK Flag Football – BAFL Flag

Exciting new plans for flag football in the UK were revealed this week, as BAFL (British American Football League) announced plans for a new flag league.

BAFL Flag will be run and fully endorsed by BAFA (British American Football Association, the UK governing body), providing flag football with the means to expand its popularity and grow as a sport in the UK.

The plan is to attract sufficient local and corporate teams to be able to operate regional conferences in the following areas:

  1. Scotland
  2. Northern Ireland
  3. Wales
  4. North East England
  5. North West England
  6. East England
  7. East Midlands (England)
  8. West Midlands (England)
  9. South East England
  10. South West England
  11. London
  12. Yorkshire

Tournaments/fixtures throughout the season will determine regional conference champions. The winners of each division will then be eligible for the BAFL Flag National Championships. The championships will be held in September each year, following a season running from April through to August.

As ESFL Chairman, Neil has been involved in discussions with BAFA recently to ensure our concerns are heard and to share our experiences of running flag football competions in the UK. Consequently, Neil is confident that the plan BAFL are putting in place, is the best option to continue developing flag football in the UK.

2007 has been a difficult year for the ESFL, with a declining number of participating teams, lack of resources and no clear plan for growth, so this move by BAFA is a welcome opportunity for those of us who love the game of flag football.

Therefore, we have expressed our interest in joining the league once the registration process is in place. We expect other teams in our league to do so also. In all likelihood this will mean that the ESFL is no more. However, we’re positive about the future with BAFL Flag.

We’ll talk about this a little more at training on Sunday, including what it means at an individual level. But if you have any questions in the meantime, post them up here.

No Training Sunday

Due to many Sharks players traveling to Dublin to take on Ireland as part of Team England, there will no training this Sunday (25th).

Training will resume the following week. Hopefully the weather will be better than it was this past Sunday!!

Joint Sharks / Team England Training Sunday

It will be a training session with a difference this Sunday, as Team England will be joining us for a practice and scrimmage.

The Sharks session will begin at 10 a.m. as usual and the England squad will join us at 11 a.m. The session for the England squad may run longer than our usual session, but its up to you how long you want to stay.

Based on the last joint session, it should be a lot of fun. Hopefully, you’ll also pick up some usual tips from the England coaches.

See you Sunday

Training is ON this Sunday

Training is on this weekend guys. The season may have finished but there is plenty of football left to play. It would be good to get plenty of people there this weekend as we have had 5 people enquire about joining us this week – i guess thats what an NFL game in this country will do for you!

I shall not be there this week as I get to grips with being a dad to my little Nate, but i I hope to see you all next week.