The National Club Football Association is an association that represents collegiate American football teams. It is an affiliate of the CollClubSports affiliate and manages NCFA’s National Championship.
NCFA teams are typically operated by student sports clubs rather than faculty, and are not officially an intercollegiate athletic program. The clubs can be based at any post-secondary institution or university, provided that the institution in question agrees to recognize football as a club sport. The Intercollegiate Club Football Federation(ICFF) however, does recognize independent programs and student clubs with no official sponsorship that combine students from multiple schools. Although these programs are allowed by the NCFA, they cannot compete in the championship.
Many clubs are part of either the ICFF or NCFA. This is particularly relevant in the south and midwest. There isn’t a huge distinction between them, apart from the Northeast where several NCFA member teams were expelled by the ICFF’s Yankee conference in 2015. The NCFA National Championship Game, which was held in Salem Football Stadium from 2012 until 2015, was also host to the NCAA Division III Football Championship. From 2016 through 2019, the NCFA National Championship Game was played in West Family Stadium on the campus of West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia.
NCFA National Championship
The NCFA National Championship Bowl, that pits semi-finalists from the NCFA Playoffs and one another, is the last game of the National Club Football Association’s season. From 2012 until 2014, the game included two of the top teams in the country in accordance with the NCFA Coaches and Power Rankings. The NCFA established an eight-team playoff in 2015 which included four championship games for conference teams. Those four winners would determine the semifinalists before the championship game was played.
The 2019 NCFA National Championship Bowl Game between The Ohio State University and Oakland University featured the first simulcast of the event, with the game being broadcast live on both television and radio outlets. The match was won by the Buckeyes, 36-9, against the Golden Grizzlies.
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The 2021 NCFA National Championship Bowl Game featured the top two teams from the final league Power Rankings rather than a playoff because of the lingering effects felt by the COVID-19 virus. Waynesburg University was chosen as the new venue, and is more central to the remaining teams.
Yearly Postseason Awards
The National Club Football Association started awarding Academic All-Americans in 2013. In 2014 the league started giving out awards to the players of the year on both sides of the football and also the Coach of the Year. Oakland University leads all schools with five awards for postseason success, while George Mason has accumulated four.