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The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs, known simply as the Federal League, was an American professional baseball league that operated as a "third major league", in competition with the established National and American Leagues, from 1914 to 1915. It was the last serious attempt to create an independent major league outside the established structure of professional baseball, and the last competing third league of any kind to actually make it to the playing field.
The Federal League came together in early 1913 through the work of John T. Powers, and immediately challenged the operations of organized baseball. Playing in what detractors called the "outlaw" league allowed players to avoid the restrictions of the organized leagues' reserve clause. The competition of another, better paying league caused players' salaries to skyrocket, demonstrating the bargaining potential of free agency for the first time.
Interference by the National and American Leagues in their operations caused the Federal League to fold after the 1915 season. This resulted in a landmark federal lawsuit, Federal Baseball Club v. National League, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the Sherman
Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball are youth baseball divisions of Little League Baseball that are considered more advanced and difficult than younger Little League divisions due to more advanced rules, including the ability to lead-off and steal as the pitcher breaks, along with longer base paths and greater pitching distance. Junior League also includes the use of bats with 2 /8 inch barrels rather than the transitional 2 /4 inch barrels of Little League. Junior League also allows the use of metal spikes in cleats in addition to the molded or plastic spikes used in Little League.
Junior League Baseball is for people age 12 to 14 years old.
Senior League Baseball is for children aged 13 to 16 years old.
Big League Baseball is for children aged 15 to 18 years old.
For the Little League baseball division, there are sixteen regions, whose champions are divided into two brackets (U.S. and International). The eight U.S. regions are: New England, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest (including Alaska), and West (including Hawaii). As of the next Little League World Series in 2013, the eight international regions are: Asia-Pacific and Middle East (all
The Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) is the national competition for women's cricket in Australia.
The league competition involves the six member teams playing each other in two 50-over limited-over matches, with the side finishing at the top of the table after the preliminary rounds earning the right to host the best-of-three finals series. The winner of the finals series wins the Ruth Preddey Cup. From 2007–08 onwards the finals series as reduced to a single match as Twenty20 matches were introduced.
The first WNCL took place in 1996-97, replacing the Australian Women's Cricket Championships which had taken place in a two week tournament format since 1930-31. The Ruth Preddey Cup was introduced to those championships in 1972-73. The competition was expanded to include ACT in the 2009-10 season and Tasmania in the 2010-11 season.
In the 2008-09 season, a Twenty20 competition was introduced for Australian domestic women's teams. The competition was expanded to include ACT and Tasmania in the 2009-10 season.
The Australian Capital Territory participates in the Women's National Cricket League despite not being members of the national association.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is a non-profit organization that serves as the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for the United States and coordinates the relationship between the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency and various international sports federations. Under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, the Committee is chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code. Despite this federal mandate, it receives no continuous financial assistance from the U.S. government. As a non-profit organization, the USOC is wholly dependent on private contributions and corporate sponsorship.
As a NOC, the Committee supports American athletes in general and Olympic athletes in specific and selects and enters athletes for participation in the Games of the Olympiad, Olympic Winter Games, Youth Olympic Games, and Pan American Games. Each individual Olympic Sport has a National Governing Body, supervised and funded by the USOC, which administers that sport and selects the athletes for the games. The Committee provides training centers, funds, and support staff to elite athletes.
The USOC also acts as the
The Fédération Burkinabé de Foot-Ball (FBF) is the governing body of football in Burkina Faso. Their offices are based in the capital city Ouagadougou. The president of the federation is Zambende Theodore Sawadogo.
It was founded in 1960, and affiliated to FIFA and to CAF in 1964. It organizes the national football league and the national team.
The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is the governing body of football in Pakistan. The PFF’s headquarters is at FIFA Football House in Lahore, Punjab near the Punjab Stadium.
The PFF governs all football clubs in Pakistan. It is a member of AFC and FIFA. All of Pakistan's football clubs must be members of the PFF. The PFF is responsible for the appointment of the management of the Pakistan men's and women's national teams and the organization of the Pakistan Premier League (the top division), and other lower divisions. The game is controlled at the local level, by 8 provincial football federations affiliated to The PFF but with responsibilities for organising and running football activities in their area like Islamabad football association.
West Pakistan Football Federation est 1950-1971
On December 5, 1947, after the independence from Great Britain, the Pakistan Football Federation was created. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan's first leader, became the Patron-in-Chief, and in 1948, the PFF became affiliated with FIFA. It is also one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation when it was established in 1954.
It organised the first organized the First National
The Northeast Collegiate Hockey League is an ACHA Division I Club hockey League consisting of ten teams in the Northeastern part of the USA.
Teams play a 14 game league schedule, playing each of the other 7 teams twice. At the conclusion of the regular season the league holds a post season tournament. An Automatic bid to the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship Tournament is awarded to the winner of the regular season.
Note: Cornell, Niagara, and RIT also field NCAA Division I hockey teams, SUNY - Cortland and SUNY - Oswego also field NCAA Division III.
The USL W-League was at one point the second best national women's soccer leagues in the United States and Canada on the 2nd level of women's soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, alongside the Women's Premier Soccer League but was below the now defunct, 1st level league, Women's Professional Soccer.
The W-League is a North American women’s developmental organization. The W-League is also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is administered by the United Soccer Leagues system (the USL), which also oversees the men's USL Pro and USL Premier Development League.
The W-League's inaugural season was in 1995. Originally called the United States Interregional Women's League, it later changed its name to the W-League. Although at its inception some of the league's franchises were barely above amateur level, it provided a professional outlet for many of the top female soccer players in the country. With professionals driving the level of play, the league made a very strong debut performance.
From 1995 through the 1997 season the W-League was a single tier
The Negro leagues were United States professional baseball leagues comprising teams predominantly made up of African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latin Americans. The term may be used broadly to include professional black teams outside the leagues and it may be used narrowly for the seven relatively successful leagues beginning in 1920 that are sometimes termed "Negro Major Leagues".
In 1885 the Cuban Giants formed the first black professional baseball team. The first league, the National Colored Base Ball League, was organized strictly as a minor league but failed in 1887 after only two weeks owing to low attendance. The Negro American League of 1951 is considered the last major league season and the last professional club, the Indianapolis Clowns, operated amusingly rather than competitively from the mid-1960s to 1980s.
Because blacks were not being accepted into the major and minor baseball leagues, they formed their own teams and had made professional teams by the 1880s. The first known baseball game between two black teams was held on November 15, 1859, in New York City. The Henson Base Ball Club of Jamaica, Queens, defeated the Unknowns of Weeksville, Brooklyn, 54 to
The Salvadoran Football Association (Spanish: Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol or FESFUT) is the official governing football organization in El Salvador and is in charge of the El Salvador national football team. The federation is also in charge of the three tiers of domestic club competition, including the top-flight Primera División de Fútbol Profesional. On May 11, 2010, it was confirmed that FIFA had sanctioned and suspended teams and associated members from international competition on account of government interference with the federation, something FIFA condemns and prohibits. This decision by FIFA was based on the fact that the statutes ratified by the FESFUT general assembly in August 2009 had not been formally entered in the country’s official register, and that the government had failed to acknowledge the authority of the Normalisation Committee set up to represent FESFUT. Consequently, FIFA considered that it was not possible for FESFUT to organise the elective general assembly in line with the action plan that had been drawn up and suspended FESFUT. For the suspension to be lifted, Salvadoran authorities needed to recognize the legitimacy of the Normalisation
Gridiron Australia is the governing body of American football (gridiron) in Australia. It is an approved sporting association under federal government regulations and is a member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The organisation was formed in 1996.
Gridiron Australia oversees the country's national team, which has competed in the IFAF World Cup. It is a governing body of the state-level leagues and does not manage a national-level league itself. Six out of the eight Australian states and territories run leagues; a total of 70 teams consisting of approximately 2500 players. Leagues also provide state-level teams to the Gridiron Australia National Championships.. In 2012, the Australian Gridiron League was established by Gridiron Australia.
Organised gridiron has been played in Australia since 1983 and is always referred to as gridiron rather than football to distinguish it from the other football codes such as Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian rules football or soccer. There is no uniform gridiron season in Australia, with the leagues playing at different times of the year.
The Australia national team, known as the Outbacks, represent Australia in
Speed Skating Canada (commonly abbreviated to SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. It was founded in 1887, five years before the International Skating Union of which SSC later became a member in 1894.
In 1854, three British army officers raced on the St. Lawrence River, going from Montreal to Quebec City, which marked Canada's first recorded ice skating race. It is believed that from then on, ice skating races became a part of Canadian culture.
In 1887, the Amateur Skating Association of Canada was formed. That year, the first official speed skating championships took place. At that time, figure skating and speed skating shared an organization, however the needs of the speed skaters were predominant. In 1894, the Amateur Skating Association of Canada became the first non-European organization to be a member of the International Skating Union.
In 1905, short track speed skating was created and gaining popularity in Canada and the United States.
In 1939, the figure skaters formed their own organization and thus the Amateur Skating Association of Canada was made up of speed skaters only. Now that it was a speed skating only
The Greater South Shore Conference is an eight-member Indiana High School Athletic Association athletic conference spanning Lake, La Porte, Newton, and Porter Counties in Northwest Indiana. A ninth member, South Central participates only in football, otherwise participating in the Porter County Conference.
Hanover Central High School will join the conference in all sports except football in 2013, and will begin competing in varsity football in either 2014 or 2015. Boone Grove, a Porter County Conference member, will join the conference in football only, concurrent with the start of Hanover Central's football program. The conference will split into two divisions for football, with the North Division including Calumet, Hammond Bishop Noll, Lake Station Edison, River Forest and Whiting, and the South Division including Boone Grove, Hanover Central, North Newton, South Central and Wheeler.
This divisional format will be used for football starting in 2015.
The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) was the first organization governing American baseball. The first, 1857 convention of sixteen New York City clubs practically terminated the Knickerbocker era, when that club privately deliberated on the rules of the game. The last convention, with hundreds of members represented only via state associations, provoked the establishment of separate professional and amateur associations in 1871. The succeeding National Association of Professional Base Ball Players is considered the first professional sports league; through 1875 it governed professional baseball and practically set playing rules for all. Because the amateur successor never attracted many members and it convened only a few times, the NABBP is sometimes called "the amateur Association" in contrast to its professional successor.
Beside the playing rules and its own organization, the Association governed official scoring (reporting), "match" play, a championship, amateurism, and hippodroming or the integrity of the contest. It permitted professionalism only for the 1869 and 1870 seasons. In its December 1867 meeting, its rules committee voted unanimously to bar any club
The Eastern League is a minor league baseball league, which operates primarily in the northeastern United States, although it has had a team in Ohio since 1989. The Eastern League has played at the AA (Double-A) level since 1963. The league was founded in 1923, as the New York-Pennsylvania League. In 1936, the first team outside of the two original states was created, when the York White Roses of York, Pennsylvania moved to Trenton, New Jersey and renamed the Trenton Senators. When, in 1938, the Scranton Miners of Scranton, Pennsylvania team moved to Hartford, Connecticut and renamed the Hartford Bees, the league was renamed as the Eastern League.
Since 1923, there have been Eastern League teams in 51 different cities, located in 12 different states and two Canadian provinces. The league consisted of six to eight teams from 1923 until 1993. In 1994, the league expanded to ten teams, with the addition of the Portland Sea Dogs and the New Haven Ravens, and split into two divisions, the Northern Division and the Southern Division. In 1999, the league expanded to twelve teams, with the addition of the Altoona Curve and the Erie SeaWolves. The two divisions were restructured and renamed
The German Football Association (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund; DFB) is the governing body of football in Germany. A founding member of both FIFA and UEFA, the DFB has jurisdiction on the German football league system and is in charge of the men's and women's national teams. The DFB headquarters are based in Frankfurt. Sole members of the DFB are the German Football League (German: Deutsche Fußball Liga; DFL), organising the professional Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga, along with five regional and 21 state associations, organising the semi-professional and amateur levels. The 21 state associations of the DFB have a combined number of more than 25,000 clubs with more than 6.8 million members, making the DFB the single largest sports federation in the world.
From 1875 to the mid 1880s, the first kind of football played in Germany was according to rugby rules. Later, association-style football teams formed separate clubs, and since 1890, they began to organise on regional and national levels.
The DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) was founded on 28 January 1900 in Leipzig by representatives of 86 clubs. The vote held to establish the association was 62:22 in favour (84 votes). Some
A six-member IHSAA-sanctioned Conference located within Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, and Ripley Counties. The conference was formed when the football playing schools of the East Central Conference (except for Morton Memorial) joined with three schools from the Southeastern Indiana Conference. Connersville and Rushville will join for the 2013-14 school year.
In football, two divisions will be used starting in 2013.
The Irish Baseball League (IBL) is the men's league in Ireland. It started play in 1997 and continues to this day. The season runs from April to September (which usually includes a mid-summer break ) and games are played on the weekends.
The O'Malley Fields at Corkagh Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin are the main home of Irish Baseball. The majority of league games are held at the fields along with Ireland National Team games. The Black Sox play at Shanganagh Park which is yet to be developed into a "Real" baseball field. The Greystones Mariners home field is completed and will host adult games for the first time this year. The Northstars have played at the playing fields of Queen's University and Victoria Park, Belfast, and are currently resident at Henry Jones Playing Fields in Castlereagh. They are currently in negotiations with a number of landowners with a view to having a dedicated baseball field.
For the 2011 season the following teams are participating at the associated venues:
Previous Irish League Champions 1997 - 2012
(* The Dukes are no longer in existence, they were made defunct in 1998 when the league started from scratch with an 'all-players draft' and total reformat
The Lichfield and District Football League is an English football Sunday league covering Lichfield and surrounding areas. It has four divisions: a Premier Division and Divisions One, Two, and Three. The league is affiliated with the Staffordshire FA
The teams competing in the Lichfield and District Leagues in the 2010-11 season are as follows:
The Jack Donnolly League Cup
The Southeast Football League (SEFL) is an organized adult amateur American football league. The SEFL is headquartered in Miami, Florida, and began the 2012 season with eight (8) member teams from around the state of Florida.
The regular season is an eleven week schedule during which each team has one bye week and plays ten games. Each team will play all other teams in their division once, and likewise for all other teams outside the division within the conference and/or league. The season currently starts in early February and runs weekly to late April.
The SEFL was founded originally in 1995 by Dr. Franklin F. Sands and Jesse L. Wiggins. The league operated through the 1997 season, then folded. It was resurrected by Wiggins in June 2002 and began playing again in the spring of 2003. The SEFL has been operational each year since.
Both the Miami Knights and the Central Florida Thoroughbreds, respectively, have participated in a record five SEFL Championship Title Games. The Knights however, have won more SEFL Championship titles than any other league franchise with four (4) to their credit. The Thoroughbreds organization, winners of two SEFL Championship Titles, holds the league
The Negro League World Series was a post-season baseball tournament which was held from 1924-1927 and from 1942-1948 between the champions of the Negro leagues, matching the mid-western winners against their east coast counterparts.
The Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRL) is a semi-professional rugby league competition held annually in Papua New Guinea. Formerly known as the SP Inter-City Cup or SP Cup(1990–2008) and later the Bemobile Cup (2009–2010) after changes in sponsorship. The current competition is sponsored by pacific telecommunications giant Digicel and is now known as the Digicel Cup.
Previous to 2005 the PNG NRL was called the SP Inter-City Cup. The national competition was known as the SP Cup, and has been held since 1990. No competition was held in 2004 due to financial problems and province violence in certain provinces. But the competition returned for 2005 season as the new-look PNGNRL. Much like the new PNGNRL format the old SP Inter-City Cup had teams competing in a format much like the Australian National Rugby League format, with the top 4 clubs at the end of the rounds entering play-offs, culminating in a Grand Final held in the capital city Port Moresby.
The 2005 season had 8 teams in total from all around Papua New Guinea. In 2006 one team got relugated (Monier Broncos) to make way for two new teams, Central Raiders and Pagini Warriors. The inaugural winner of
Rugby League Ireland (RLI) is the internationally recognised governing body for the development of rugby league football in Ireland, having secured official recognition from the RLIF in 2000. It is in the process of obtaining recognition within the Irish Sports Council and will take over the running of the international team entirely as a stand alone entity in due course.
The seed of modern-day rugby league in Ireland was sown when in 1989 the Dublin Blues were formed and founded by Brian Corrigan. They consisted mostly of rugby union players who wanted to stay fit over the summer. The Blues competed against touring teams from Britain and surprised many of the touring sides with the quality of their play, scoring many memorable victories over British amateur opposition.
In early 1995 the British Rugby Football League development arm financed the position of a Development Officer for Ireland, providing a massive boost to the development of the game. In the same year Ireland formed its very first competitive team to play against the USA in Washington DC on St. Patrick's Day. Ireland won 24-22.
Competitive matches were established between teams in Leinster and Ulster: Schoolboy
The Northern League is a football league in north east England for semi-professional and amateur teams. Having been founded in 1889, it is the oldest surviving football league in the world after the Football League.
It contains two divisions; Division One and Division Two. Division One sits on the ninth tier of the English football league system, five divisions below the Football League. These leagues cover County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, northern Cumbria and the northern half of North Yorkshire.
The champions and the runners-up of Division One are eligible for promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League, subject to certain criteria.
The Northern League ran as one of two major amateur competitions (with the Isthmian League) in tandem with the professional Football League, Southern League and, since 1968, the Northern Premier League.
In 1974, amateur status was abandoned by the Football Association and amateur leagues like the Northern had to find a place in the overall structure of non-League football. Unlike its southern equivalent the Isthmian League who became a feeder in 1982, the Northern League rejected repeated invitations to become a feeder
The All American Football League was a proposed professional American football league. The league, which was to combine a professional pay structure with the requirement that all players be college graduates, had originally been scheduled to start in the spring of 2007, but later postponed its launch to the spring of 2008, only to cancel its 2008 season a month before kickoff and suspend its launch until the next year. The league again postponed their launch each successive year, with the most recent postponement taking place in February 2010; despite that postponement stating the league's first game would take place in spring 2011, as of spring 2011 there have been no further actions from the league, and it is assumed to be dead.
The All American Football League was a professional American football league premised on the rule that all of its players had to have a four-year university degree, as employees of the AAFL rather than of the franchises, with the league to pay each player an average compensation of approximately $100,000 to year-round player employees and $50,000 to season-only players to attract the best non-NFL players. The AAFL's inaugural draft took place on January
The Ukrainian Premier League (Ukrainian: "Прем'єр-ліга") is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Supreme League (Vyshcha Liha) it was formed in 1991 upon discontinuation of the Soviet championship and included the Ukrainian based clubs that competed in the Soviet competitions. In 1996 along with all the professional football leagues of Ukraine, the Supreme League became a member of the Professional Football League of Ukraine.
In 2008 it was reformed into a more autonomous entity of both the Professional League and the Football Federation of Ukraine, officially changing its name to the current one. Its rank was 7th highest in Europe as rated by UEFA as of September 2012.
The season 2011–12 was the league's fourth after the break-away from the Professional Football League (PFL) in 2008 and 21st season from the break-up of the Soviet Top League. Until 2007 the league was subsidized by the government and from an economic point of view was not a profitable organization. To solve that issue, the League have tried to attract a few sponsors since the 2007 season: Soyuz-Viktan(2007) and Biola(2008). On April 15, 2008 the new Premier-League was formed. Since
The British Basketball League, often abbreviated to the BBL, is the premier men's professional basketball league in the United Kingdom. The BBL runs two knockout competitions alongside the league Championship; the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy, as well as the post-season Play-offs.
The BBL is not to be confused with the English Basketball League (EBL) or the Scottish Basketball League (SBL), which effectively form the second tier of British basketball. There is currently no promotion or relegation between the EBL, SBL and BBL because of the franchise system in use in the BBL, although Plymouth Raiders, Worcester Wolves and Durham Wildcats amongst others have all been elected from the EBL in recent years.
The 2012–13 season will consist of 12 teams with representation from both England and Scotland. Newcastle Eagles were crowned BBL Champions for 2012, winning their 5th Championship and becoming the most successful team in the League's history, while Guildford Heat were the BBL's most recent representatives in Europe, competing in the ULEB Cup during the 2007-08 season.
Member franchises of the BBL jointly own the league, and a chairman is elected by the teams to oversee league
The Huddersfield and District Association League is a football competition based in the area Huddersfield, England. It was founded in 1898. The league has a total of four senior divisions and four reserve divisions. The highest senior division, Division One, sits at level 14 of the English football league system and is a feeder to the West Riding League. The reserve divisions are not part of the league system.
The league currently has 52 teams during the 2012–13 season with Hepworth United being the current champions of the First Division. Scholes, Dalton Crusaders and Moldgreen Conservatives are the current champions of Divisions Two, Three and Four, respectively.
The most successful team in a single division since 2000, is Brackenhall United with 4 championships from 2000 to 2003. The most successful team in all divisions is Newsome WMC, with 5 championships starting in the now-defunct Division 5 during the 1999–2000 season and ending with the Division 1 championship during the 2006–07 season. Newsome again won the First Division title in the 2009–10 season.
The HDAFL was founded in 1898. In 1919, there were 42 senior clubs and 78 junior clubs in the league. Throughout out the
The Middle Tennessee Football League or MTFL is the oldest continuing adult recreational league in the state.
The purpose of the MTFL is to provide a setting for adults wishing to continue participating in contact football at the recreational level. It also offers opportunities for individuals to play the game who might be unfamiliar with the sport, or just curious about it.
The league was founded in 2001 with just three teams: The Lebanon Hitmen, The Nashville Knights, and the Goodlettsville Infernos. The league grew to eight teams by 2006. The MTFL originally played 8-man football, then 9-man after the first year, before making the shift to 11-man in 2008. Due to the 2008 shift (specifically the increased numbers that were required to maintain a team) the MTFL was forced to drop to six teams in 2008 and now stands at four teams with the Franklin Generals returning in 2010. 2011 is looking to be an exciting year as the league has seen two new teams join the MTFL. The Middle Tn. Vipers and the Giles Co. Monsters come into the MTFL with high hope on becoming the leagues first ever new team to win the MTFL Championship. This however will not be an easy task as the three time
The Swiss Challenge League (until August 2008 known simply as the Challenge League) is the second highest tier of the Swiss Football League. Ten teams play in the Challenge League. The winners of the league are promoted to the Super League, and bottom team is relegated to the 1. Liga Promotion. The second placed team enters a two-legged playoff against the 9th placed team in the Super League, the winner playing in the higher division next season.
The league was named Nationalliga B until 2003 when it was changed to the "Challenge League."
Liechtenstein's FC Vaduz also play in the Challenge League as Liechtenstein does not have a league of its own.
FC Luganoand FC Lausanne-Sportwent bankrupt which meant that no team was relegated due to their league position. FC Sionwere not awarded a license for the 2003-04 season resulted in an extra team being promoted.
The BUSA Men's Football League system is a football league system set up for Universities and Colleges in the United Kingdom to compete on an amateur and professional level of higher education association football.
The top division in the BUSA football league structure is known as the Premier division, which is split into North and South sections, each consisting of six teams. Teams in each section of the Premier division play each other twice, resulting in each team playing a total of ten games between October and February. The top five teams from each section then progress to the BUSA Football Championship, along with the top two teams from the Scottish conference and the top team from each of the four English regional conferences to make up a 16-team tournament.
Below the Premier division, there are four regional conferences that feed into it: the Northern Conference, the Midlands Conference, the Western Conference and the South Eastern Conference. The Northern and Midlands conferences feed into the North section of the Premier division, while the Western and South Eastern conferences feed into the Premier South. There is also a Scottish Conference, but the teams in this
The Puerto Rican Football Federation (Spanish:Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol) is the governing body of football in Puerto Rico, it was founded in 1940 and became affiliated to FIFA in 1960, one of the last to do so in the Western Hemisphere. It governs over all football on the island, including the Puerto Rico national football team, the amateur Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Puerto Rico, the scheduled Liga Profesional de Fútbol de Puerto Rico, as well as the Puerto Rico Islanders who play in the North American Soccer League.
Owing to its unique status in relation to the United States of America, the governance of football on Puerto Rico has been different to the traditional format. On May 14, 2008 the federation announced the creation of the Puerto Rico Soccer League, the first unified league in the history of the island's football, although it folded in 2011. In recent years the Federation has attempted to overhaul the island's historic underperformance in football, which has been helped by the co-operation from a number of established club teams from around the world, who are keen to build up a base in Puerto Rico.
Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in the Americas that compete at levels below Major League Baseball (MLB) and provide opportunities for player development. All of the minor leagues are operated as independent businesses. Most are members of the umbrella organization known as Minor League Baseball (MiLB), which operates under the Commissioner of Baseball within the scope of organized baseball. Several leagues, known as independent leagues, do not have any official links to Major League Baseball.
Except for the Mexican League, teams in the organized minor leagues are generally independently owned and operated but are directly affiliated with one major league team through a standardized Player Development Contract (PDC). These leagues also go by the nicknames the "farm system," "farm club," or "farm team(s)" because of a joke passed around by major league players in the 1930s when St. Louis Cardinals' general manager Branch Rickey formalized the system, and teams in small towns were "growing players down on the farm like corn."
Major and Minor League teams may enter into a PDC for a two or four year term and may re-affiliate at the expiration of a
The Fußball-Oberliga (Plural: Oberligen) (English: Upper league) is currently the name of the fifth tier of the German football (soccer) leagues. Before the introduction of the 3. Fußball-Liga in 2008, it was the fourth tier. The word Oberliga is equivalent to Premier League in English, however, its literal translation would be Upper League. At the end of the 2011-12 season the number of Oberligas was increased from eleven to fourteen.
The term Oberliga was also used prior to the establishment of the Gauliga system in 1933 and again between the end of World War II and the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 for first division leagues in Germany. Between 1978–94 the term Amateuroberliga was used for third tier leagues, which were then the highest level of amateur play in the country. The current usage of the designation Oberliga was introduced in 1994. In East Germany a separate league structure was in place from 1948–1990 and the top flight division there was known as the DDR-Oberliga.
From the end of the 2nd World War until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 there were five regional Oberligen:
Based on criteria outlined by the German association in October 1962 an evaluation
The Western Hockey League (WHL) is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. Teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the winner moving on to play for the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship.
The WHL was founded in 1966 with seven teams in Saskatchewan and Alberta. It is the brainchild of Bill Hunter, who intended to build a western league capable of competing with the top leagues in Ontario and Quebec. Originally considered an "outlaw league" by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, the WHL was sanctioned as the top junior league in Western Canada when junior hockey was reorganized in 1970. WHL teams have won the Memorial Cup 18 times since the league became eligible to compete for the trophy.
Today, the WHL comprises 22 teams, divided into two conferences of two divisions. The Eastern Conference comprises 12 teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, while the Western Conference comprises ten teams from British Columbia, and the US states of Washington and
The Canadian Interuniversity Sport football is the highest level of amateur play of Canadian football and operates under the auspices of the CIS. Twenty-six teams from Canadian universities are divided into four conferences, drawing from the four regional associations of the CIS: Canada West Universities Athletic Association, Ontario University Athletics, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec ("Quebec Student Sports Network"), and Atlantic University Sport. At the end of every season, the champions of each conference advance to semifinal bowl games; the winners of these meet in the Vanier Cup national championship.
The origins of North American football can be traced here, where the first documented game was played at University College at the University of Toronto in 1861. A number of CIS programs have been in existence since the origins of the sport. It is from these Canadian universities that the game we now know as Canadian football, and its offshoot, American football, began. In 1874, McGill University (Montreal) challenged Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) to a series of games. American football traces its roots to this varsity play.
The Grey Cup, the championship
The Mexican Pacific League (Spanish: Liga Mexicana del Pacífico or LMP) is a winter minor baseball league in Mexico. The eight-team league's regular season runs from October to December and is followed by a playoff series in January to determine the league champion. The league's winner takes part in the Caribbean Series each year.
Founded in 1957, the league was also known as the Liga Invernal de Sonora (English: Sonora Winter League) and the Liga Sonora-Sinaloa (English: Sonora-Sinaloa League) before adopting its present name in 1970.
In gold Caribbean Series champions
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) is the top level league competition for professional football clubs in Scotland. The league was founded in 1998, when it broke away from the Scottish Football League (SFL).
As of October 2011 the Scottish Premier League is ranked 17th in the UEFA rankings of European leagues, which are based on the performances of member clubs in European competitions. A total of 19 clubs have competed in the SPL since its inauguration in 1998–99 but only two, Celtic and Rangers, have won the title.
Previously, the Scottish Football League had a two divisional structure (Divisions One and Two) between which clubs were promoted and relegated at the end of each season. However, by the mid 1970s, this organisation was perceived to be stagnant, and it was decided to split into a three divisional structure: Premier Division (formerly Division One), First Division (formerly Division Two) and a newly added Second Division. This system came into force for the 1975–76 season. This setup continued until the 1994–95 season, when a four divisional structure was introduced, along with a new Third Division, with all four divisions consisting of ten clubs.
On 8 September 1997,
The EHF Champions League is the most important club competition for men's and women's teams in Europe and involves the leading teams from the top European nations. The official name for the men's competition is the VELUX EHF Champions League, since the VELUX Group began their title sponsorship of the competition in the 2010/11 season.
The EHF coefficient rank decides which teams have access and in which stage they enter.
These are the teams that are participating in 2012–13 season:
Correct as of 2011–12 EHF Champions League season. The list shows nations of clubs, winners and runners-up, which were represented during the time of the season in question. Some countries ceased to exist during the early 1990s. SC Magdeburg is the only handball club who has won the European club title while representing two different countries (eg. East Germany and Germany).
The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). This conference and its counterpart, the National Football Conference (NFC), currently contain 16 teams each, making up the 32 teams of the NFL.
The American Football Conference originated as the American Football League (AFL), with which the NFL combined in the AFL–NFL merger of 1970. Ten AFC teams originally formed the AFL, while three others were NFL teams that were added to the AFC to equalize the number of franchises, and another three are more recent expansion teams (one, the Houston Texans, plays in the market from which one of the AFL's founding teams, now known as the Tennessee Titans, originated).
Since 2002, the AFC has comprised 16 teams, organized into four divisions each containing four teams: East, North, South, and West.
Each AFC team plays the other teams in its division twice (home and away) during the regular season, in addition to 10 other games assigned to their schedule by the NFL the previous May. Two of these games are assigned on the basis of the team's final division standing in the previous season. The remaining 8 games are split between the roster
Istanbul Lig or originally Constantinople Football Association League was founded by James La Fontaine and Henry Pears and started with the 1904-05 season with only four teams as "Istanbul Sunday League". The matches between the four teams, Moda FC, HMS Imogene FC, Elpis FC, and Cadi-Keuy FC were played on Sundays, leading to the name of the Istanbul Sunday League. Henry Pears, an Englishman, promised to give the shield forever to the club who had won the most championships in 10 years.
The Istanbul Friday League was founded in 1915, and replaced the Istanbul Sunday League in 1915. Seven clubs took part in the league when it was first found in 1915-1916: Galatasaray SK, Fenerbahçe SK, Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK, Anadolu Üsküdar 1908 SK, Küçükçekmece SK and Anadolu Hisarı İdman Yurdu SK. From 1923-1924 till 1950-1951 the league was called İstanbul Lig. The name of the tournament later changed and became İstanbul Professional League in 1951-52 season. The Istanbul Football League was the first league organization in the Ottoman Empire (later Turkey). This league lasted for 55 years (four of the seasons had never been completed).
The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. The NRL's main competition, called the Telstra Premiership (due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation), is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is regarded as the world's elite rugby league championship and, per season, is the single most viewed and attended rugby football competition in the world.
The National Rugby League is the present-day embodiment of Australia's top-level domestic club competition, which in turn grew from Sydney's club competition, and which has been running continuously since 1908. The NRL formed in the aftermath of the 1990s' Super League war as a joint partnership between the sport's already-existing national governing body, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, after both organisations ran premierships parallel to each other in 1997. This partnership was dissolved in February 2012, being replaced by the Australian Rugby League Commission, with NRL branding remaining unchanged.
NRL matches are played throughout Australia and New
The Spring Football League (SFL) was a professional American football league that existed for only part of one mini-season in 2000. Founded by several ex-NFL players such as Eric Dickerson, Drew Pearson, Bo Jackson, and Tony Dorsett, the SFL planned to use the four game mini-season (dubbed "Festival 2000") to test cities, fans, stadiums, the media, entertainment, and springtime American football as a product. The year before, the Regional Football League staggered through a spring season, then announced it would not return for 2000.
The SFL announced its formation on March 1, 2000 and planned to play games less than two months later; league director Bill Futterer said the league would play four games on Saturdays from April 29, followed by a championship game in Miami on May 27.
The teams were:
SFL teams consisted of 38 players, each of whom would receive $1,200 per game with a $200 winners bonus.
The league's games included pre-game and at half-time shows featuring national musical acts (such as The O'Jays, Mark Wills, and Poncho Sanchez), a pronounced effort to attract both African-Americans and Latino fans, and innovative use of wireless communication.
SFL coaches of note:
The Süper Lig (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈsypæɾ liɟ], Super League) is a Turkish professional league for association football clubs. It is the top-flight of the Turkish football league system. It is one of the top leagues in the UEFA confederation, and the winner of the competition automatically qualifies for the UEFA Champions League. Eighteen clubs compete annually, where a champion is decided and three clubs are promoted and relegated to and from the 1. Lig. The season runs from August to May, with each club playing 34 matches. Matches are played Friday through Monday. It is sponsored by Spor Toto and therefore officially known as the Spor Toto Süper Lig. The competition formed as the Milli Lig in 1958. It was the first national league competition held in Turkey. Previously, league competitions took place in a few cities, including Adana, Ankara, Eskişehir, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, and Trabzon. It is currently ranked 11th in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years. A total of 66 clubs have competed in the Süper Lig, but only five have won the title: Galatasaray (18), Fenerbahçe (18), Beşiktaş (13), Trabzonspor (6)
The Mexican Federation of Football (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C., FMF or Femexfut) is the governing body of association football in Mexico. It administers the Mexican national team, the Mexican league and all affiliated amateur sectors, and is in charge of promoting, organizing, directing, spreading, and supervising competitive football in Mexico. Headquartered in Mexico City, the Mexican Football Federation has three operational centers: the Central Office, the High Performance Center (Centro de Alto Rendimiento, CAR) and the Training Center (Centro de Capacitación, CECAP). The FMF was Founded on August 23, 1927 under its first president Humberto Garza Ramos. The current president, Justino Compeán has served since 2006.
The FMF is member of CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football; and Globally by FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football. Therefore must comply with the statutes, objectives and ideals of world football's governing body. The Mexican Football Federation's governing body is the General Assembly that conforms with the participation of the Primera Division with 55% of the
The National Basketball League (NBL), also known as the iiNet NBL Championship for sponsorship reasons, is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in Australasia.
There are currently eight clubs in the league, with teams in Adelaide, Auckland, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Wollongong. The 2010–11 season saw the return of the Sydney Kings. This comes after a turbulent period, when the league lost teams from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during 2008 and 2009. A second Melbourne club, the South Dragons, entered the league in season 2006/07, but pulled out after season 2008/09 in which they were premiers. The National Basketball League has also become the first Australasian sporting league to field a team from Asia with the Singapore Slingers playing in the 2006/07, through to the 2007/08 season. The Gold Coast Blaze joined the competition in the 2007/08 season.
Most teams have historically featured at least one and usually two American imports; teams are limited to having two non-Australasians on the roster at any one time. Some of these players have moved to Australia permanently and become Australian citizens; a few have even played for the
The Omeo and District Football League (ODFL) is an Australian Rules Football League based out of the Tambo Valley region of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The ODFL has existed in some form since 1893, and operates under the auspices of the Victorian Country Football League (VCFL). The league is situated in an area with a small population, resulting in the league playing 16-a-side rather than the standard 18-a-side, and not fielding a reserve grade.
Clubs involved in the ODFL are invited to field a men's Senior football team and boys' Junior (Under 16) football team. Clubs can also enter a women's Senior netball team, and girls' Junior (Under 16) and Midget (primary school age) netball teams competing in a concurrent netball league.
The first recorded football competition in the upper Tambo Valley region, often referred to as the Omeo District, dates from 1893, and some type of official competition has continued essentially uninterrupted from this time. In 1923 the competition was renamed the Omeo District Football League (ODFL), and it has continued with this name until the present day.
Throughout most of its history the ODFL and its precedents has contained teams from the
Here are several lists of National Hockey League players' salaries since the 1989–90 NHL season. This list does not include income from corporate endorsements or salaries before 1988–89.
This is a list of the twenty NHL players who have earned the most in salaries between the 1989–90 season and the 2007–08 season.
These figures have been gleaned from different sources, and so may not be perfectly accurate. This is merely an estimation that, for the most part, does not take into account bonuses and sponsor contracts.
These totals also do not take into account partial seasons played—for which a player would only receive a partial salary—except for the shortened 2004–05 season, which affected every player. Thus, the listed totals are a sum of the amounts each player was contracted to receive for a full season.
After the 1994–95 NHL season was shortened to 48 games due to a lockout, players earned only about 56% of their predicted salary.
Season cancelled (see 2004–05 NHL lockout).
The team salary cap is $39 million. Under the latest NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, no player can earn more than 20 percent of the team salary cap ($7.8 million).
The team salary cap is $44 million. No
The Anti-Football League is an Australian organisation that pokes fun at the obsession with Australian Rules Football. It was founded by Melbourne journalist Keith Dunstan in 1967. The chief qualification for membership is not an active dislike but a disinterest in football, a desire to spend one’s time and conversation on other things.
The "AFL" was created in response to a remark made by journalist Douglas Wilkie in the offices of The Sun News-Pictorial on Sunday 16 April 1967.
On that day, the building was filled with sports writers and ex-footballers – along with their ghost writers – preparing the Monday edition of the football round-up for the weekend. Amongst the relentless discussions pertaining to football, Wilkie, the Sun’s foreign correspondent made a remark to Dunstan that he had had enough. “There must be a better life than this. Couldn’t we start an anti football organisation?” Dunstan’s reply was found the next day in his column, “A Place in the Sun”. In two days Dunstan had received 104 letters from members of the public eager to join.
Dunstan suggested that a badge should be devised, so that League members could recognise each other and intelligent non-football
The National Football League (commonly known as the NFL) was an association football league competition in India between 1996 and 2007 which was organised into three divisions. The league is now transformed into the I-League and continues with that name. The Premier Division of the league was first introduced in 1996, though the country already had a long history in the sport thanks to the likes of the IFA Shield and the Federation Cup.
A Second Division was added to the league in 1997, as Football in India grew to challenge cricket for the title of India's most popular sport. Between the divisions each year two teams were relegated and two teams were promoted. By 2006 a Third Division was added but that did not matter as by this time this would be the last year for the NFL; it was replaced in 2007 by the I-League which focuses on completely turning Indian football into a professional sport.
In order of there promotion to the First Division.
The Russian Superleague (Russian: Чемпионат России Суперлига, Russian Championship Superleague), commonly abbreviated as RSL, was the highest division of the main professional ice hockey league in Russia. It was considered the second best league in the world, after the National Hockey League (NHL) of North America. It was a part of the Russian Pro Hockey League which was composed of three divisions — the Superleague, Major League (Vysshaya Liga), and First League (Pervaya Liga).
The league was disbanded/rebranded after the 2007/2008 season, for/as the KHL. The KHL absorbed all 20 teams from the previous RSL season, for a total of 24 for its inaugural campaign.
The origins of the Superleague are in the old Soviet League, which was founded in 1946. The Soviet era was dominated by the Red Army-affiliated CSKA Moscow, who won 32 of the 46 championships. The league lasted until 1992 due to the Soviet Union's collapse. After its transformation into the International Hockey League, the league was rechristened the Russian Hockey League in 1996. From 1996 to 1999, league membership was Russian-only. In 1999, membership was open and the league went international, and was renamed the Russian
The Top League is a professional rugby union league created by the Japan Rugby Football Union to drive up the overall standard and popularity of the sport in the country and improve the results of the Japan national rugby union team. The first season was 2003–04 and featured 12 teams. From the 2006–07 season, the league was expanded to include 14 teams like SANZAR's then Super Rugby and France's Top 14.
The chief architect of the league was Hiroaki Shukuzawa who strongly felt the urgency of improving Japanese domestic company rugby to a professional level which would allow Japan to compete more convincingly at Rugby World Cups. Many full-time foreign professionals (mainly from Australia and New Zealand) have played in the Top League, notably Tony Brown and George Gregan. In the 2010s, salaries in the Top League have risen to become some of the highest in the rugby world; in 2012, South Africa's Jaque Fourie, now with Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers, was widely reported to be the world's highest-paid player.
Provincial leages at Kantō, Kansai, Kyūshū region.
Top 4 sides of the regular season competed in a knock out tournament to fight for the Top
The Football Association of Indonesia, commonly called PSSI (Indonedsian: Persatuan Sepak Bola Seluruh Indonesia; sometimes translated as All-Indonesian Football Association) is the governing body of football in Indonesia. It was founded on 19 April 1930, fifteen years before Indonesian independence. PSSI joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1954 and FIFA in 1952.
PSSI was established by Soeratin Sosrosoegondo, who graduated from Harvard and returned to Indonesia in 1928. He became the first Indonesian to work at his company, a Dutch enterprise in Yogyakarta. He later resigned from the company and became more active in the revolutionary movement.
To accomplish his mission, Soeratin held many meetings with Indonesian professional football players, mostly through personal contacts because they wanted to avoid the Dutch police. Later, at a meeting that was held in Jakarta with Soeratin, the head of Voetbalbond Indonesische Jakarta (VIJ), and other players, the group decided to establish a national football organization. On April 19, 1930, almost all non-national organizations, such as Voetbalbond Indonesische Jakarta representing Jakarta, BIVB Bandung,), PSIM Yogyakarta, PPSM
The Österreichische Basketball Bundesliga (OBL) (in English: Austrian Basketball League (ABL)) is the top men's professional basketball league in Austria. Until the 2004–05 season, the league was known as the A-Liga (A-League) and then until the 2008–09 season it was called the Österreichische Basketball Bundesliga (OBL). Since the 2008–09 season, it has been named the Admiral Basketball League, after the league's main sponsor, Admiral Sportwetten.
OBL teams are made up primarily of Austrian players. Every team carries some international players, mostly Americans.
The following teams are competing in the OBL for the 2007–08 season:
Each team plays the other 11 teams twice, creating a 22-game regular-season schedule. After that, the top eight teams move on, and play another double round robin. The four top teams after that move on to a best-of-five semifinals series, and the two semi-finals winners meet in a best-of-five championship series.
The OBL holds an annual all-star game, pitting a team of the best Austrian players in the league against a team made up of the league's top international players. Like the NBA All-Star Game, the OBL All-Star festivities include a slam dunk
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national governing body for certain watersports in the United Kingdom. Activities it covers include:
The RYA is one of the founding members of the International Sailing Federation the World Governing Body for the sport of sailing and serves as the Member National Authority.
The Yacht Racing Association was founded in November, 1875, by Frank Willan and others. Its initial purpose was to standardise the rules of measurement to different racing yachts, so that boats of different classes could compete fairly against each other. The rules governing the measurement are called the Portsmouth yardstick.
Membership at the time cost two guineas and was available to “former and present owners of racing yachts of and above 10 tonnes. Thames measurement and such other gentlemen as the committee may elect”.
Though efforts for membership availability to dinghies and other small craft were made in 1888, it wasn’t until 1921 that the YRA incorporated the independent Sailing Boat Association and the Boat Racing Association into its body.
In 1953 the YRA became the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
The RYA set up a committee to govern its training
The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. One of the NFL's most formidable challengers, the AAFC attracted many of the nation's best players, and introduced many lasting innovations to the game. However, the AAFC was ultimately unable to sustain itself in competition with the NFL. Three of its teams were admitted to the NFL: San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts (not related to the later NFL team that would play in Baltimore from 1953 through 1983, now the Indianapolis Colts).
The AAFC was the second American professional sports league (the first being the third American Football League) to have its teams play in a double round robin format in the regular season: each team had a home game and an away game with each of its AAFC "brethren."
The Cleveland Browns were the AAFC's most successful club, having won every annual championship in the league's four years of operation.
The AAFC was founded by Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward on June 4, 1944. Ward was also the originator of baseball’s All-Star Game and football’s College
The Auckland rugby league team is the team which traditionally represents all of the clubs which play in the Auckland Rugby League competition. As well as a senior men's team there are also Auckland representative teams throughout the various age groups such as under 15s, under 17s, under 19s and under 21s.
Under the new zone scheme introduced in 2010 the Auckland team represents North, East and West Auckland while South Auckland is represented by the Counties Manukau rugby league team. The zone team is named the Akarana Falcons.
Auckland played its first game on 24 August 1908 when they took on Wellington at Victoria Park, Auckland in the first provincial game of rugby league in New Zealand.
In 1975 when the French national team was in New Zealand for the World Series, they played a match against Auckland on 13 June and lost 3-9 at Carlaw Park in front of 10,000.
Auckland also hosted the 1992 touring Great Britain Lions.
Auckland has played against several touring teams over the years though once the Auckland Warriors started playing in 1995 it diluted the standard of the side and they have not played against full international sides in recent years.
Auckland beat Australia,
The Bellarine Football League is an Australian rules football competition based in the Bellarine Peninsula region of Victoria, Australia, formed in 1971.
Six of the eight founding clubs played in the Polwarth Football league the year before.
Two Polwarth clubs, Lorne and Apollo Bay, were forced to joined the CDFL. Drysdale and Barwon Heads (chief initiator) joined from the Geelong & District Football League.
The Bellarine Football League forms the third tier of football in the Geelong area, along with the Geelong Football League and the Geelong & District Football League.
The Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (F.F.I.R.I.) (Persian: فدراسیون فوتبال ایران) is the governing body for football in Iran. It was founded in 1920, and has been a member of FIFA since 1945. It is also a member of the Asian Football Confederation. The FFIRI is responsible for organizing the Iranian national football team.
On November 23, 2006 the federation was suspended by FIFA, due to government interference in football matters. FIFA rules decree that a national football federation should remain autonomous from the national government. However on December 17, 2006 the ban was lifted and a new Transitory Board was composed of Mohsen Safaei Farahani as chairman, Kiomars Hashemi as deputy chairman and Mohammad Hassan Ansarifar, Dr Hassan Ghaffari, Dr Mohammad Khabiri and Ali Reghbati as members.
1- Dr.Ali Kani (March 3, 1946-October 1950)
2- Hedayatollah Gilanshah (October 1950-1952)
3- Mohsen Haddad (1952-October 1952)
4- Hossein Siasi (October 1952-January 1953)
5- Mohsen Haddad (1953–1954) (Second Time)
6- Hossein Siasi (1954) (Second Time)
7- Dr.Ali Kani (1954–1955) (Second Time)
8- Mostafa Salimi (1955–1956)
9- Hossein Mobasher (1956–1958)
The North American Football League (NAFL) is an adult amateur American football league that is entering its 14th season of existence. The season currently starts in July and runs through the end of September. The play-offs run the month of October and the National Championship/All-Star Weekend is currently played in the 2nd weekend of November. The NAFL was designed to be the top tier level of minor league football where players can develop their skills and simply play for the love of the game. Eric Swann, the former NFL defensive tackle, agreed in 2007 to play for the Hudson Valley Saints.
The Ivy League is an athletic conference composed of sports teams from eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States. The conference name is also commonly used to refer to those eight schools as a group. The eight institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. The term Ivy League also has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.
The term became official after the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954. The use of the phrase is no longer limited to athletics, and now represents an educational philosophy inherent to the nation's oldest schools. Seven of the eight schools were founded during the United States colonial period; the exception is Cornell, which was founded in 1865. Ivy League institutions, therefore, account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.
Ivy League schools are viewed as some of the most prestigious, and are ranked amongst the best universities in the United States and worldwide. All
The former Japan Football League (ジャパンフットボールリーグ, Japan Futtobōru Līgu) was an association football league that existed from 1992 to 1998. Also known as the JFL, it was the 2nd tier of the Japanese football hierarchy following J. League.
When the Japan Football Association decided to found a professional football league, the Japan Soccer League (JSL), the top-flight league until the 1991/92 season, was reorganised into two newly formed leagues. One was the Japan Professional Football League as known as J. League, the first-ever professional football league in Japan. The other was the former Japan Football League.
Out of twenty eight clubs who were the members of the JSL division 1 and 2, nine along with independent Shimizu S-Pulse formed J. League, one (Yomiuri Junior) was merged with their parent club, and the other eighteen chose not to be professional, at least at that time. They played the inaugural 1992 season of the former JFL together with Osaka Gas and Seino Transportation, the top two places in the Regional Promotion Series. The initial configuration was two divisions of 10 clubs each, but from 1994, the format was changed to a single division of 16 clubs.
The former JFL
A Nine-member IHSAA-sanctioned athletic located within Bartholomew, Decatur, Johnson, and Shelby Counties in Central Indiana.
The conference was formed in 1965 by six schools from Bartholomew (Hauser), Brown (Brown County), Johnson (Whiteland), and Shelby (Southwestern, Triton Central, Waldron) counties as a conference for smaller schools south of Indianapolis. The conference had some roster changes in its early years, as Whiteland outgrew the MHC and moved to the Mid-State, while Indian Creek and South Decatur joined as newly consolidated schools. Triton Central left in 1969, and was replaced by Crothersville and Edinburgh. This eight member version of the MHC would last for a decade. The league would once again go through changes in the 1980's, as North Decatur (1980) and Morristown (1985) would join, and Crothersville would leave to become a full-time member of the Southern Athletic Conference, having been a member of both the MHC and the SAC since the latter's inception in 1974.
The league would stay stable until the late 1990's, as Triton Central rejoined from the Rangeline Conference, bringing membership to 10. This would be short-lived, however, as Brown County would join
The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). This conference and its counterpart, the American Football Conference (AFC), currently contain 16 teams each, making up the 32 teams of the NFL.
Since 2002, the NFC has comprised 16 teams, organized into four divisions each containing four teams: East, North, South, and West.
Each NFC team plays the other teams in their division twice (home and away) during the regular season, in addition to 10 other games assigned to their schedule by the NFL in the April before. Two of these games are assigned on the basis of the teams' final record in the previous season. The remaining 8 games are split between the roster of two other NFL divisions. This assignment shifts each year. For instance, in the 2007 regular season, each team in the NFC West will play a game apiece against each team in both the AFC North and the NFC South. In this way division competition consists of common opponents, with the exception of the 2 games assigned on the strength of the each team's prior season record.
At the end of each season, a series of playoff games are contested among the top six teams in the
The Paraguayan Metropolitan Basketball League is the most important basketball league from Paraguay. As of 2006, 11 teams are participating in the league. The yearly winners of this league are considered the Paraguayan basketball champions despite the fact that only teams from Asunción compete (teams from other departments compete in the National League). Because of this, the champion gets the right to play in the South American Club Championship.
The Russian Football Championship (Russian: Чемпионат России по футболу), currently called SOGAZ Russian Football Championship (Russian: СОГАЗ — Чемпионат России по футболу) due to sponsorship reasons, is the top division of Russian football. The competition is currently run by the Russian football Premier-League (Russian: Российская футбольная Премьер-Лига). There are 16 teams in the competition. The league has two Champions League qualifying places given to teams who finish in the top two at the end of the season and three Europa League places to teams who finish third, fourth and fifth. Relegation to the National League Championship are given to teams who finish bottom and second-bottom at the end of the season. The Russian Premier League was established in 2001 and succeeded the Top Division, the difference being that the Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Russia, and the creation of the Premier League gave the clubs a greater degree of independence.
The Russian league has improved considerably lately, and the Russian Premier League is now ranked 9th by UEFA, while the 6th place has already been achieved.
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg are the current
The York Football League is a football competition based in North Yorkshire, England, founded in 1897. Currently it is known under the terms of a sponsorship agreement as the York Minster Engineering Football League.
When the league was formed in the late 1800s, association football was just beginning to gather popularity in England. The Football League itself had only begun nine years before the York League, it was also founded prior to the city's now primary team York City. Upon the league's formation, nine teams entered into the league, the founding clubs were:
Throughout the league's history, the only club from the first ever season to continue in an unbroken existence are Rowntrees (now known as Nestlé Rowntree). However, Bishopthorpe United, Easingwold Town and St. Clements are at present still playing in the York League system, after refounding at various points.
Acomb and Rowntrees (along with fellow league team, York YMCA) also went on to become founding members of the Yorkshire League for the 1920–21 season.
Some teams from the York League have climbed the football ladder in the past; Pickering Town played in the league before gaining promotion in 1972. They are currently
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Basquete (Brazilian Basketball League) was the main basketball league in Brazil. The championship was organized by the Brazilian confederation, CBB. During the 2005-06 season, the tournament was canceled due to dispute with the NLB ("Nossa Liga de Basquete") led by former player Oscar Schmidt.
The championship had organization problems and in 2004 were nicknamed "Liga do Busão" ("bus league"), due to transportation by bus, as CBB wouldn't pay for it and airplanes tickets were too expensive. It was later replaced by Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) in 2008.
The Taça Brasil de Basquete (Brazilian Basketball Cup) was contested from 1965 to 1989, and was then replaced by the Campeonato Brasileiro de Basquete (Brazilian Basketball Championship).
From 2002 on, most teams have their names with sponsor first. In 1992 and from 1996 to 2000, the sponsor is the latter name.
In 2006, the Campeonato Brasileiro organized by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (CBB) was cancelled due to a legal dispute between CBB and Nossa Liga de Basquetebol (NLB). Winner/Limeira was the champion of the competition organized by NLB.
NBB is endorsed by Brazilian Basketball Confederation
The Azerbaijan Premier League (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Premyer Liqası), currently named Topaz Premyer Liqası after its main sponsor, is the top tier in Azerbaijani club football.
The Azerbaijan Premier League was organized in 2007 and succeeded the Top Division (Azerbaijani: Yüksək Liqa), the difference being that the Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan, and the creation of the Premier League gave the clubs a greater degree of independence. The Top Division had existed from 1992 to 2007.
Since 1992, a total of 8 clubs have been crowned champions of the Azerbaijani football system. Neftchi Baku are the current Azerbaijan Premier League champions.
The league were dominated by teams like Neftchi Baku, Kapaz, Turan Tovuz and FK Shamkir. However, financial struggles had bad impact on local clubs and most teams such as Khazri Buzovna, FK Shamkir, Vilash Masalli and Shafa Baku went bust due increasing debts. In 1997, Kapaz were known for their unbeaten run as club's final record for the 1997–1998 league campaign stood at 22 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses, out of 26 games total, an unbeaten run not matched in any single season by any team in an Azerbaijani
The Boston Men's Baseball League is New England's largest amateur baseball league 1, located in and around Boston, Massachusetts. It is the local chapter of the national Men's Senior Baseball League (MSBL, founded in 1988) and Men's Adult Baseball League (MABL, founded in 1993). As of 2006, the league has 53 teams that span across three separate age divisions (18+, 30+, and 40+). Each age division has its own independent schedule from the others, and compete yearly for a divisional championship. Each division also grants various awards to exceptional players in specific categories (e.g. Cy Young for pitchers, MVP for most valuable player, Rookie of the Year for the best rookie in a given season, etc.). Each division also holds an annual All-Star game for the best players in each division at Edward A. LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts (home of the Lowell Spinners).
The BMBL is also the original founder of the annual charitable fundraising event, the 100 Inning Game, in which players from the BMBL and other local leagues play 100 innings of baseball to raises funds from sponsors to support Curt's Pitch for ALS, a charitable organization started by Boston Red Sox pitcher, Curt
The EHF Women's Champions League is an official competition for women's handball clubs of Europe, organized annually by the European Handball Federation (EHF). It is the most competitive and prestigious tournament for clubs since the champions of the best national leagues participate on it.
Each year the EHF publishes a ranking list of its member federations. The first 24 nations are allowed to participate in the tournament with their national champion. The nations ranked 1 to 7 receive an additional slot, as well as the defending champion's federation, who is also automatically qualified.
The Champions League is divided into six stages. Depending on the ranking of their national federation, teams can enter the competition in different rounds. The defending champion along with the champions from the highest ranked nations start in the Group Matches whereas lower ranked nations need to go through the qualification tournaments.
Two groups of three or four teams are formed. Teams from each group play each other once, in a single venue over a weekend. The best two teams from each group advance to the Qualification Tournament 2. The remaining teams can enter the EHF Cup in round 2.
The Italian Basketball Federation (Italian: Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (FIP) is the governing body of basketball in Italy. It is a member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
It organises national competitions in Italy and the Italian national basketball team, as well as the Italian Basketball League, which operates the country's two professional leagues, Lega Basket Serie A and Legadue.
Meistriliiga is the highest division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. The league was founded in 1991 and the current, 2012 is the league's 22nd season. As of 2009 it is not fully professional; only six teams are professionals, and the other four teams are semi-professional.
As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around March and ends in late November. The championship's top division consists of ten clubs, all teams play each other four times. After each season the bottom team is relegated, with the winner of Esiliiga being promoted (unless it is a reserve team for a Meistriliiga team, in which case the next team receives automatic promotion) and the 2nd last team from Meistriliiga and the 2nd team from Esiliiga play a two-legged playoff for a place in the Meistriliiga.
The following ten clubs are competing in the Meistriliiga during the 2012 season.
= Founding member of the Meistriliiga
= Played in every Meistriliiga season
= Never been relegated from Meistriliiga
The table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Meistriliiga since its inception in
The 2007 OFC Champions Leaguep was the 6th edition of the top-level Oceanic club football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and the first tournament under its current name. Under the new format there was to be no qualifying round, and instead six teams from the six best Oceanic nations would play each other home and away in a group stage before the knockout round. The tournament took place from 21 January until 29 April 2007.
Auckland City qualified as the reigning champions of the OFC Club Championship. The other 5 teams gained their qualifications due to their domestic league performances. Following the withdrawal of Vanuatu’s Port Vila Sharks, the OFC awarded a second berth to Waitakere United, the leader after the first round of the current New Zealand Football Championship.
The winner of the tournament was Waitakere Utd of New Zealand, who beat Ba Electric of Fiji in the final, claiming Oceania's US$1 million (NZ$1.41 million) berth in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan the following December.
The American League East is one of Major League Baseball's six divisions (An East, Central, and West division for each of the two leagues). This division was created before the start of the 1969 season along with the West Division. Before that time the American League had existed as a single league of 10 teams.
Four of its five teams are located in the Eastern United States, with the other in Central Canada. At the end of the MLB season, the team with the best record in the division earns one of the American League's five playoff spots. The most recent team to win this division was the New York Yankees in 2012.
During its 43-year existence, an East Division team has gone on to play in the World Series 25 times, and 14 of those teams have been crowned World Series Champions. Since the 1995 season when the wild-card playoff berth was introduced, the AL East has produced the wild-card team for the American League in 13 out of the 17 years (the Western Division three, and the Central Division just one).
‡ - In 1978, the New York Yankees ended up in a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the division championship, and won a 1-game playoff against Boston.
* - Due to the players' strike, the
The Big Ten Conference (B1G), formerly Western Conference and Big Nine Conference, is the USA's oldest Division I college athletic conference. Its twelve member institutions (which are primarily flagship research universities in their respective states, well-regarded academically, and with relatively large student enrollment) are located primarily in the Midwestern USA, stretching from Nebraska in the west to Pennsylvania in the east, and from Indiana in the south to Minnesota in the north. The conference competes in the NCAA's Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. Member schools of the Big Ten (or, in two cases, their parent university systems) also are members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a leading educational consortium.
Despite the conference's name, the Big Ten actually consists of twelve schools, following the addition of Pennsylvania State University in 1993 and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2011. It is not to be confused with the Big 12 Conference, which has only ten schools and represents a different region of the country.
The Italian Male Volleyball League is structured in several levels of importance; the highest of them is Serie A1. Many of the best volleyball players in the world playing in the A1 and the overall level of competition is considerably higher.
As of 2009-10 season, the Italian volleyball championships are parted in this way:
Serie A1 is the highest level club competition in Italian professional male volleyball. It is organized by Federazione Italiana Pallavolo (FIPAV) and Lega Pallavolo Serie A.
Since 1982, the championship consists of two phases:
Just in few occasions relegation playouts were disputed.
Volleyball made its first appearance in Italy after the end of World War I. In 1929 a Federazione Italiana Palla a Volo (FIPV) was founded. During the 1930s several tournaments were organized by young or workers fascist associations like GIL and OND.
After the end of World War II and the overthrow of fascist regime, a new association, called Federazione Italiana Pallavolo, were founded in 1946. Later that year the city of Genoa hosted the first official male championship.
Quickly volleyball became popular in northern regions like Piedmont, Lombardy and especially Emilia-Romagna and
The Kuwaiti Premier League is the top division of the Kuwait Football Association league pyramid system. It was created in 1961. Al Arabi holds the best record in the competition, winning it 16 times. The current Kuwaiti Premier League champions are Al Qadisiya Kuwait.
The Kuwaiti football league pyramid system was first established in season 1961/1962, under the supervision of the Kuwaiti Football Association, and therefore in full recognition and accordance with the Asian Football Confederation as well as FIFA - the world governing body of the most popular version of association football - and its laws of the game. At that time, the Kuwaiti football league pyramid system consisted of only one division, with the inclusion of several high school football teams as well as teams officially sponsored by the state university and police. Inevitably, however, many of these state-owned, non-sports-specific, football teams were liquidated and removed from the league, leaving only the well-established sports-specific football clubs behind. This was mainly attributed to the teams' poor run of performances and consequent losing streaks, thereby ending their financial and moral abilities to
A ten-member IHSAA-Sanctioned Athletic Conference within the Southern Indiana counties of Clark, Harrison, Jackson, Scott, and Washington. The conference began in 1958, with six schools leaving the Southeastern Indiana Conference, and has held the same number of teams for most of its history.
Austin was also a member of the Southern Athletic Conference from 1974 to 1987.
Paoli was also a member of the Patoka Lake Conference from 1979 until it left the MSC in 1985.
The New Jersey Youth Hockey League (NJYHL) is tier II youth ice hockey for "AA", "A" and "B" mite through midget teams located in New Jersey. The league is part of the Atlantic District of USA Hockey. The league was established in the 1980's. Currently there are 31 youth hockey organizations participating in the league.
Organizations that participate in New Jersey Youth Hockey league
The Northern Lakes Conference of Indiana (NLC) is an IHSAA-sanctioned athletic conference of high schools located within Elkhart, Kosciusko and Marshall counties in Indiana, United States.
To deal with the reorganization and consolidation of high schools across Northern Indiana, an organizational meeting for the formation of the Northern Lakes Conference was held on February 3, 1963. Charter members of the NLC were the high schools of Bremen, Manchester, Nappanee, Plymouth, Rochester and Warsaw. The conference began competition in 1964–65 in Boys’ Baseball, Football, Basketball and Track. In 1965, Boys’ Tennis and Golf were added; Cross-Country was added in 1966; and Wrestling became a conference sport in 1968. The conference was “intended to provide good, clean competition and fellowship for the boys, the coaches, and the school bodies of the Northern Lakes region.”
Concord High School joined the NLC in 1967 and Wawasee High School joined in 1968. By 1970, all schools participated in all eight boys’ sports.
In the 1970s Girls’ sports were added. Conference competition began in 1976–77 in Basketball, Tennis, Track and Volleyball. In 1980 Swimming was added; Cross-Country was added
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto. It is situated in the northwestern Silicon Valley, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose and 37 miles (60 km) southeast of San Francisco.
Leland Stanford, Governor and Senator of California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford founded the university in 1891 in honor of their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid two months before his 16th birthday. The university was established as a coeducational and nondenominational institution. Tuition was free until the 1930s. The university struggled financially after the senior Stanford's 1893 death and after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would become known as Silicon Valley. By 1970, Stanford was home to a linear accelerator, and was one of the original four ARPANET nodes (precursor to
The Super Liga Femenil de Fútbol is the top level women's football league in the Mexican football league system. The league was made as an attempt to help women's football grow in Mexico. The first nationwide league was established in 2008. Record champions are Morelia FC with four titles.
The league is played in the Apertura and Clausura format, meaning two seasons are played each year. In the year's first half the Clausura and in the later half the Apertura. The league is divided into two groups, for the 2010 Clausura made up of 11 and 12 teams. After the regular season, playoffs will be played between the best placed teams in each group. Starting from the 2010 Clausura season the playoffs teams will be the first 4 of each group. In previous years up to 8 teams advanced of each group.
On 28 September 2007, the Super Liga Femenil started with two games: America versus Guadalajara and Universidad de Guadalajara versus UNAM.
The list of all finals:
The 2011 season is being held with 22 teams.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I, Division II, and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention. Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport. Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships. Generally, larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978. Subsequently the term "Division I-AAA" was briefly added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer officially used by the NCAA. In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were respectively renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Inter-collegiate sports in the US began in 1852 when crews from Harvard and Yale met in a challenge race in
The Palestinian Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد الفلسطيني لكرة القدم) is the governing body for football in the Palestinian Authority, and for the Palestine national football team. It was also the original name for what is now the Israel Football Association.
Football gained mass popularity in Palestine during British Mandate of Palestine, and the PFA was formed in 1928 and applied to join FIFA. It was accepted in 1929. Participation in the qualifiers for the 1934 World Cup gave Palestine (or Palestine/Eretz Israel as the team was known), the first Asian team in any stage of the World Cup.
After the establishment of Israel in 1948, the PFA became the Israel Football Association. Both the Israel Football Association and the subsequent reformed PFA count the 5 international matches played by the Palestine/Eretz Israel Football Association between 1934-1940 in its record.
A new Palestine Football Federation was founded in 1952. Its successor, the Palestine Football Association, formed in 1962, has been a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations since it was formed in 1974. It was accepted as a member by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian Authority. The
The Southern Indiana Athletic Conference (SIAC) is a high school athletic conference based in Evansville, Indiana. Five of the conferences eight schools; Bosse, Central, Harrison, North, and Reitz; comprise the public Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Mater Dei and Memorial are private Catholic high schools ran by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville and Vincennes, and Castle is a public school located in neighboring Newburgh in Warrick County under the Warrick County School Corporation.
* = indicates title won before IHSAA State Tournament was initiated
* = indicates title won before IHSAA State Tournament was initiated
+ = indicates title sanctioned by the Indiana High School Bowling Association
* = indicates title won before IHSAA State Tournament was initiated
The Southern Indiana Athletic Conference was once a very large and very spread out conference, comprising almost all of Evansville's High Schools plus schools from Terre Haute, New Albany, and Bloomington.
Source: Southern Indiana Athletic Conference History - Almanac Sports.com
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: Undeb Rygbi Cymru) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board.
The union's patron is Queen Elizabeth II, and her grandson Prince William of Wales became the Vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union as of February 2007.
The roots of the Welsh Rugby Union lay in the creation of the South Wales Football Club in September 1875; formed:
The South Wales Football Club was superseded in 1878 by the South Wales Football Union in an attempt to bring greater regulation to the sport and to select representatives from club sides to represent the international game. The SWFU though were poorly organised, and although they arranged fixtures between a South Wales team and various English clubs, they were often victims of fixture-clashes and were accused of lacking energy. In 1880, Richard Mullock, secretary of the Newport Athletic Club, decided to take matters into his own hands and without the backing of the SWFU organised an international match against England. The match took place on 19 February 1881, and was won by England seven goals, one dropped goal and six tries to nil. This heavy defeat lay the seeds for
A seven-member IHSAA-Sanctioned conference located within Benton, Carroll, Jasper,, Tippecanoe, Tipton and White Counties. Sheridan, the conference's Hamilton County representative, ledt for the Hoosier Heartland Conference after the 2011-2012 school year.
The conference first began in 1947, and has been in constant competition except for the 1997-98 school year, when membership dropped to three schools.
Carroll and Clinton Prairie were also members of the Mid-Central Conference from 1966 until 1974.
IHSAA State Champions
All championships before 2011-2012 school year as members of Hoosier Heartland Conference.
The División Profesional de la Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol (English: Professional Division of the Paraguayan Football Association), also known as the Primera División (English: First Division), or due to sponsorship reasons Copa TIGO, is the top-flight professional football league in Paraguay. Currently, there are 12 teams in the first division.
Liga Paraguaya's first game was played in 1906, after the director of the El Diario newspaper, Don Adolfo Riquelme, brought to his office on June 18, 1906, the representatives of the five existing football teams in Paraguay at that time (Olimpia, Guaraní, Libertad, General Díaz, and Nacional) to create the governing body of football in Paraguay: the Liga Paraguaya de Fútbol (known today as Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol). The representatives were William Paats and Junio Godoy (Olimpia) Ramón Caballero, Manuel Bella and Salvador Melián (Guaraní), Juan Escalada (Libertad), César Urdapilleta (General Díaz), and Vicente Gadea (Nacional). The Liga Paraguaya saw Club Guaraní as the first champion in 1906, after defeating Olimpia in the final.
The Paraguayan Football Association joined CONMEBOL in 1921, and FIFA in 1925. The professional era of
Beginning with the 2005 season, the National Football League has hosted regular season American football games held outside the United States in a series known as the International Series. Since 2007 and until at least 2016 games have been held at London's Wembley Stadium.
Prior to 2005, the NFL's primary method of promoting its game abroad was through the American Bowl, a series of preseason games played around the world, and NFL Europe, a developmental league based in Europe. The American Bowls ended in 2005 (though a similar China Bowl was planned for 2007 before being cancelled), while NFL Europe (then known as NFL Europa) folded in 2007.
Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, has considered expanding the league's appeal overseas ever since the end of NFL Europa. Goodell has openly discussed the idea of holding a future Super Bowl game in London. The NFL also investigated the possibility of adding a 17th regular season game to all teams, taking the place of the fourth pre-season game. Waller notes that there won't be 16 different venues for the 17th games. More likely would be a "mini-season ticket" of perhaps four games in one city or country. There
The Tiwi Islands Football League is an Australian rules football competition in the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia. Australian Rules football is the most popular sport on the Tiwi Islands. The Grand Final of the TIFL is broadcast each year on ABC Northern and more recently, nationally on ABC2 and ABC1.
The Tiwi Islands Grand Final is an event held in March each year that attracts up to 3,000 spectators and is a tourist attraction for the Northern Territory. The Tiwi Australian Football League has 900 participants out of a community of about 2600, the highest football participation rate in Australia (35%). Tiwi footballers are renknowned for exquisite one touch skills. Many of the players have a preference for participating barefoot. Many of the male players also play for the St Marys Football Club in Darwin's Northern Territory Football League.
1969/70 Tapalinga def. Pumaralli (scores not known)
1970/71 Irrimaru 15.6 (96) def. Pumaralli 9.14 (68)
1972/73 Imalu def. Tapalinga by 55 points (scores not known)
1973/74 Imalu 12.8 (80) def. Pumaralli 8.5 (53)
1974/75 Tuyu 11.8 (74) def. Imalu 10.13 (73)
1975/76 Pumaralli 13.16 (94) def. Tuyu 8.12 (60)
1976/77 Tapalinga 12.6
The Iran Pro League (IPL) (Persian: لیگ برتر فوتبال ایران), is a professional football league competition for clubs located at the highest level of the Iranian football league system.
The league system resembles the system being used in England currently. The Premier League is the top tier of an extensive pyramid-like structure, above the Azadegan League (or 1st Division), the 2nd division, the 3rd Division and the lower local leagues.
The 2001-2002 season saw the introduction of a professional football league in Iran. The first winner of the Iran Pro League was Persepolis F.C., they beat their rival club Esteghlal F.C. by 1 point.
On August 12, 2006, the Iranian Football Federation decided to change the name of the league once again. The name of the league now is the Persian Gulf Cup. This was done to promote the name of the Persian Gulf, instead of the many variations which some nations and organizations use which Iran disputes. The league logo was also changed, with the winner being selected from over 130 designs and unveiled on November 14, 2006. Saipa was the 6th team to win the 6th new edition of the league which meant 6 different teams won 6 leagues in the row. But in 2008
The Libyan Premier League (Arabic: دوري الدرجة الأولى الليبي) is the highest division of Libyan football championship, organised by Libyan Football Federation. The players that play in this league are mainly professional. The league's system has changed many times over the last few years, although as of the 2009–10 season, a simple round-robin has been operated.
The league operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Libyan Second Division. The league is currently sponsored by the Libyan telephone company Libyana, and so is officially known as the Libyana Premier League. Matches are usually played over a three or four day period, starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday or Sunday.
The league has been ranked by the IFFHS as 56th highest in the world for 2009, making it the 5th highest ranked league in the Arab world, after the Saudi Professional League, the Egyptian Premier League, the Algerian Championnat National, & the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1
The league's television rights are owned by Libya Sports. They also show a highlights program, called 90 Minutes, which broadcasts every week.
The league is dominated by two clubs: Al Ittihad and Al Ahly (Tripoli). 40
The Ovens & King Football League is a minor country Australian rules football league based in Northeastern Victoria in the vicinity of Wangaratta and more recently Benalla.
The Ovens & King Football League was formed on the 13th of June 1903, after a handful of men met at The Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta to consider forming a football competition. One week later, the first matches of the Ovens & King Football Association were played. The competition changed its name to the Ovens and King Football League after the 1928 season.
Today, more than 100 years later, teams from Benalla, Bright, Greta, Glenrowan, King Valley, Milawa, Moyhu, North Wangaratta, Tarrawingee and Whorouly participate, with each fielding seniors, reserves and thirds.
Located in the rich Ovens Valley and King Valley of northeast Victoria, the league has produced a number of elite football who have gone on to play in the AFL, including the cousins Nigel (Brisbane Lions) and Matthew Lappin (St Kilda/Carlton), ruckman Mark Porter (Kangaroos/Carlton) and most recently Michael Newton (Melbourne),Barry Hall Sydney/Footscray/Western Bulldogs and Brendan Fevola Carlton and Brisbane Lions.
Community support is strong in
The Ovens and King Football and Netball League Is an Australian Rules Football and Netball league based in the areas of the Ovens and King Rivers. Currently 6 competitions (Seniors, Reserves, Thirds in football) and (A grade, B Grade and C Grade in Netball) exist. There are currently 10 teams in this league.
On the 13th of June 1903, a handful of men met at The Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta to consider forming a football competition. One week later, the first matches of the Ovens and King Football Association, later to become the Ovens and King League, were played.
Today, more than 100 years on, teams from Benalla, Bright, Greta, Glenrowan, King Valley, Milawa, Moyhu, North Wangaratta, Tarrawingee and Whorouly participate with three teams each in a strong and vibrant competition.
Located in the rich Ovens and King Valleys of northeast Victoria, the League is a renowned breeding ground for elite footballers. Chief among these has been cousins Nigel (Brisbane Lions) and Matthew Lappin (St Kilda/Carlton), ruckman Mark Porter (Kangaroos/Carlton) and most recently Michael Newton (Melbourne).
Community support is strong in the Ovens and King districts with crowds attending games usually
The United States Football League (USFL) was an American football league which was in active operation from 1983 to 1987. It played a spring/summer schedule in its first three seasons and a traditional autumn/winter schedule was set to commence before league operations ceased. The USFL was conceived in 1965 by New Orleans, Louisiana, businessman David Dixon, who saw a market for a football league which would play while the established National Football League was in its off-season. Dixon had been a key player in the expansion of the NFL into New Orleans and the New Orleans Saints began play in 1967.
The USFL had notable success, including three consecutive Heisman Trophy winners: Georgia running back Herschel Walker and Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie signed with the New Jersey Generals, and Nebraska running back Mike Rozier signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers out of college. Future Pro Football Hall of Fame members defensive end Reggie White of the University of Tennessee and quarterbacks Jim Kelly of the University of Miami and Steve Young of Brigham Young University, began their professional careers with the USFL's Memphis Showboats, Houston Gamblers, and Los Angeles
Veikkausliiga (Swedish: Tipsligan) is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. As of 2011 Veikkausliiga is ranked as the 28th best league in Europe. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja (championship series) since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.
Ykkönen (division one) has been the second highest level of Finnish football since 1973.
As with certain other cold-climate European countries (including Norway and Sweden), league matches in Finland are played in summer, with a schedule usually from April to October. The format and number of teams has changed frequently, and in the season 2012 there will be 12 teams and each team playing all other teams three times, altogether thus 33 rounds during the season. Uneven number of matches means that the best six teams from 2011 season will have 17 home matches and the other six teams will have 16 home matches. At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is
The White River Conference was an IHSAA-sanctioned conference located within rural areas of East Central Indiana, that existed twice, once from 1954 to 1977, and from 1989 to 2010. The first version of the conference was founded as a home for high schools in Madison County who weren't in the Central Indiana Athletic Conference. The conference would expand quickly from six to nine schools, as two new high schools in Anderson and Middletown, a school in Henry County, were added within two years. Membership was generally not stable until 1969, as Madison Heights left, Highland was forced out and eventually added back into the conference, St. Mary's closed, member schools consolidated, and schools from neighboring Delaware and Hancock counties were added. Eventually, large disparities in enrollment causing the conference to disband, as city and consolidated schools outgrew their rural counterparts.. Schools would move into the Big Blue River Conference, Classic Athletic Conference, and Mid-Eastern Conference.
The conference was refounded in 1989, with virtually the same lineup as 1977. Pendleton Heights and Yorktown had been independent since the demise of the CAC, and Mount Vernon had
The Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League (also known as the CDI Premier League) is a provincial rugby union competition contested by twelve clubs in British Columbia, Canada. The CDI Premier League is organized by the British Columbia Rugby Union.
The Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League runs from January to April each year. The teams that play in the CDI Premier League compete in the Lower Mainland Spray League and the Vancouver Island Elite League from September to December.
The teams compete for the prestigious Rounsefell Cup. The Rounsefell Cup was first awarded to Vancouver Rowing Club in 1922 and has been competed for annually ever since.
The Pocket Athletic Conference (PAC) is a high school athletic conference in Southwestern Indiana with its headquarters at Forest Park. Its members are mainly Class 2A and 3A public high schools located in Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, and Warrick counties. Only one, Tecumseh, is a 1A. Tecumseh operates its football program independently of the PAC and is likely to join the Southwest Seven Football Conference in the sport.
The Pocket Athletic Conference was established in 1938 with nine founding schools: Cannelton, Chrisney, Lynnville, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Petersburg, Poseyville, Rockport, and Tell City. Seven of the nine original schools remain members in some form today. Cannelton left in 1971 and is now an independent. Mount Vernon left in 1959 to join the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference and is now a member of the Big Eight Conference.
The first current member appeared in 1958 when Poseyville consolidated with Cynthiana, Griffin, and Wadesville to form North Posey. Rockport merged with Richland in 1965 to form South Spencer. Lynnville and Elberfeld merged in 1965 to form Tecumseh High School. Also in 1965, Oakland City and Francisco, both of which joined
The now defunct Premier Hockey League (PHL) was a professional league competition for field Hockey clubs in the top division of the Indian hockey system. There were seven teams in the PHL. The competition was held every year from 2005 till 2008.
The competition was first played in 2005 involving 5 teams. Initiated by Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) with active support from sports channel ESPN India. First season had two tiers division 1 and division 2 but from 2007 season onwards division 2 was scrapped. Except team winning 2006 division 2 championship rest all teams in division 2 were scrapped.
The 5 inaugural members of the new Premier Hockey League in 2005 were Bangalore Hi-Fliers, Chennai Veerans, Hyderabad Sultans, Maratha Warriors and Sher-e-Jalandhar.
Regular season of PHL runs between December and January. Since the inaugural season, the format has varied regularly. According to the last format, each team plays each other once in a single round robin format (21 matches) in the regular league season, then the top four play the semifinals (1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3) followed by the finals, adopting a best of three format, for the top 2 teams. There are a total of 26 matches for each
The German Football League (GFL) is the elite league for American football in Germany. Playing rules are based on those of the American NCAA.
In 1999, the league, previously called the American Football Bundesliga and formed in 1979, adopted the name German Football League.
The GFL is partitioned into north and south conferences, each with seven teams. In each conference, every team plays against every other team of its own conference, both at home and away. Each team also plays home and away interconference games against the team from the opposing conference that finished the previous season on the same rank. After the end of the regular season, four teams from both conferences enter the playoffs, to determine the German championship. The winner of a conference plays against the 4th place team of the other group, second against third of the other conference. The final is called the German Bowl. The lowest ranked team of each conference plays against the winner of the second division, and may be relegated if they lose.
The league has been expanded from 12 to 14 teams for the 2011 season. It is planned to further increase the number of teams to 16 in 2012.
Below the GFL sits the GFL
The Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) (Slovene: Nogometna zveza Slovenije) is the governing body of football in Slovenia. It organizes the following football leagues and cups: 1st division (1. SNL), 2nd division (2. SNL), 3rd division East, 3rd division West, Slovenian Cup - Hervis, Slovenian Women's National League, etc. It is also responsible for the Slovenia national football team. It is based in Ljubljana.
An Eight-Member IHSAA-Sanctioned Athletic Conference comprising large 4A and 5A (football)-sized schools in Bartholomew, Clark, Floyd, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, and Lawrence Counties in South Central and Southeast Indiana. The HHC is considered by many to be one of the premier basketball conferences in the country, boasting two of the largest high school gyms in the nation.
IHSAA State Champions
The Macedonian First League (Macedonian: Македонска прва лига, Makedonska prva liga) is the top-tier basketball competition in the Republic of Macedonia. Prior to Macedonian independence in 1991, Macedonian basketball teams competed in the Yugoslav basketball league, organized by the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia.
BLNO is Norway's premier professional men's basketball league. It was established in 2000.
There are 8 teams in the BLNO. Foreign players are allowed on all teams, but a maximum of two Americans are allowed on the court at a time. Also, a minimum of two Norwegian players are required on court by the rules.
The following 8 clubs competed in the BLNO during the 2011–12 season:
The Playoff Finals are played as a best of 5 games series.
3-2 win against Kongsberg Penguins
3-0 win against Kongsberg Penguins
3-0 win against Harstad Vikings
3-2 win against Harstad Vikings
3-0 win against Harstad Vikings
3-2 win against Asker Aliens
3-1 win against Harstad Vikings
3-0 win against Harstad Vikings
The Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH, National Autonomous Federation of Football of Honduras) is the official football (soccer) organization in Honduras and is in charge of the Honduran national team. FENAFUTH was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in the same year. Ten years later it joined CONCACAF.
The Basketball championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the top basketball competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The league is composed of 12 teams, each playing against the other eleven two times, home and away. After this portion concludes, the top six clubs are joined by the country's two representatives in the Adriatic League, KK Bosna and HKK Široki, and enter "League 8". The best of these four teams go to the playoffs, and in the final best-of-five series, the Bosnian champion is crowned. The eight teams who do not make the playoffs go on to compete in the "relegation league," where a team's object becomes maintaining its standing and ability to play in the competition the following year. The women's league has ten clubs and operates in a similar way, with the top four teams joined by Željezničar and KK Jablanica in the final "League Six." Meanwhile, the six teams not in playoff contention play to avoid relegation.
Both leagues are operated by the Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the end of the season in both leagues, the winners of two smaller league entities are invited to enter the next competition, while the bottom two teams (those that lost in
The Saudi First Division is the second level football competition in Saudi Arabia. Al-Faisaly won the last first division championship in the 2009/2010 season.
The winner and runner-up are promoted to the Saudi Premier League. The bottom two clubs are relegated to the Saudi Second Division.
The Shropshire County Premier Football League was an English association football league based in the county of Shropshire. The league, usually known as the Shropshire County League, was founded in 1950 and in the final season had two divisions which sat at levels 13 and 14 of the English football league system. It was dissolved in May 2012 and all member clubs transferred to a new, larger Mercian Regional Football League for the 2012–13 season.
Clubs who won this league were promoted to the West Midlands (Regional) League (all champions 2008–2012 were), although on occasion teams (such as Shifnal Town in 1993) instead moved into the Midland Football Combination. The champions of the 2011–12 season - the final season for the league - were Newport Town.
Teams from the Telford Combination were sometimes promoted into the league, as Impact United did in 2008 and Ketley Bank United in 2009. Teams from the Shropshire Alliance were also able to be promoted into the league, as Rock Rovers did in 2011, however the Alliance folded with its last season being 2010–11.
The grounds of several teams in the league, most notably Brown Clee, were featured in David Bauckham's book Dugouts, which
The Turkish Basketball League (TBL) is the top men’s professional basketball league in Turkey, which is also called Turkish Premier Basketball League (Turkish: Türkiye 1. Basketbol Ligi). There is also a Turkish Basketball Second League (TB2L) with 20 teams and, since 2011, a Turkish Basketball Third League (TB3L) with the teams divided in several groups.
The first basketball game played in Turkey was at the Robert College in Istanbul in 1904. Galatasaray High School formed the first basketball team in 1911. The next basketball team founded was of Fenerbahçe in 1913. An unofficial league was founded in 1927 in Istanbul, which lasted until the establishment of a regional official league in 1933. From 1946 on, basketball championships were organized between the leading clubs of Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir.
The League, in the current form, was founded on December 13, 1969 by the Turkish Basketball Federation, and began play with the 1968–1969 season.
There are 16 teams in the league and they play against each other twice in the league manner, once at their home and the other away. At the end of the season, the top 8 teams are entitled to participate at the playoff games. The two top
The Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) is the oldest and largest Australian rules football league for women in the world, consisting of 22 clubs and 30 teams from Victoria, Australia across four divisions and a total of over 1,000 players.
The VWFL is an alternative lifestyle competition, that complies with the Laws of Australian football. The official ball, a Sherrin, used by the VWFL is a custom made size 4.5 ball.
Women's football was organised as an alternative lifestyle recreational activity with the formation of the Victorian Women's Football League in 1981 with four teams competing at open level.
In 1995, Sal Rees caused controversy for applying for the 1995 AFL Draft. The draft was later amended to disallow women from taking part.
The VWFL grew quickly, increasing dramatically the number of players and participating teams with a Division 3 added in 2001.
In 2002 VWFL player Debbie Lee made headlines for pushing to play against men in the made-for-television team the Hammerheads. She has commented, "My whole idea with the Hammerheads was to promote women's football. At no point in time did I really think I was going to play against the men, and frankly it wouldn't
The Cuban League was one of the earliest and longest lasting professional baseball leagues outside of the United States, operating in Cuba from 1878 to 1961. The schedule usually operated during the winter months, so the league was sometimes known as the "Cuban Winter League." It was always a small league, generally 3 to 5 teams, and was centered in Havana, though it sometimes included teams from outlying cities such as Matanzas or Santa Clara. The league became racially integrated in 1900, and during the first half of the 20th century the Cuban League was a premier venue for black and white players to meet. Many great black Northern American players competed in Cuba alongside native black and white Cuban stars such as José Méndez, Cristóbal Torriente, Adolfo Luque, and Martín Dihigo. After 1947, the Cuban League entered into an agreement with Major League Baseball and was used for player development. Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, however, tensions rose with the new Communist government, and in March 1961 the government decreed the abolition of professional baseball.
The first game in what became known as the Cuban League took place in Havana on December 29, 1878. Esteban
The Cuban National Series (Spanish: Serie Nacional de Béisbol) is the primary domestic amateur baseball competition in Cuba. Formed after the dissolution of the Cuban League in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, the Series is a part of the Cuban national baseball system.
Since 1993, the league has had 16 teams: one representing each province, and two for the city of Havana. Each team is made up of players from the province it represents. In Havana, most of the top tier players take the field for Industriales, traditionally the strongest team in the league. Other typically strong teams include those from Santiago de Cuba, Pinar del Río and Villa Clara.
The 90-game regular season stretches from November until February, and culminates with an eight team tournament to decide the league champion.
Since 2008-2009 championship, the Cuban League has been reorganized - qualification is by zones, and not in groups as it has been the last 15 years.
In the 2011-2012 series, there will be 17 teams, since Havana Province has been split in two new provinces: Artemisa Province and Mayabeque Province. Thus, the Western League will have now 9 teams. The Artemisa team will be nicknamed as "Hunters"
The Ecuadorian Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol or FEF) is the governing body of football in Ecuador. Its seat is in Guayaquil, and it organizes the country's various football competitions and oversees the Ecuadorian national team.
The Florida Winter Baseball League, based in Miami, Florida, was a professional baseball organization located in Florida. It operateed in cities around Florida.
The Florida Winter Baseball League (FWBL) was a professional sports league, which began its inaugural season in October 2009.
The FWBL was a four team league which planned to play a 60 game schedule through the winter months in various Floridian markets. It was planned to feature players from the low levels of the minors, rookie leagues and A ball. The league featured teams from Cocoa, Miami, Lake County and Seminole County.
The FWBL suspended operations on November 18, 2009 after completing 25% of its inaugural season, or 15 games. The organization did not raise all of the initial startup capital it required. The poorly run league had trouble paying the players and reports existed of player paychecks bouncing.
A separate league, called Florida Winter League Baseball, featuring overlooked college players or released pro players is scheduled to open in January 2012. It is unclear if the leagues have any connection other than similar names.
The season was incomplete and interrupted after 30 games played
The International Basketball League (IBL) is a professional men's spring basketball league featuring teams from the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Western Canada, and the Midwest. In 2010 the Albany Legends became the first team in the Northeastern United States. They have also featured teams from the People's Republic of China and Japan which temporarily relocated to the United States for the IBL season. The IBL summer season runs from the end of March through June with playoffs in July.
Founded by Portland area sports promoter Mikal Duilio, the league features rules designed to create a fast-paced, high-scoring brand of basketball. Duilio first began planning for the league with a series of test games in Portland and Seattle in November 2003. These games featured a mixture of traditional college and NBA rules, plus three rules created specifically for the league:
The test games proved popular and resulted in the founding of the IBL in August 2004. Founded with 8 teams, the league expanded to 17 by the start of the season in April 2005. Each team played approximately 20 regular season games, most of them centered around their home region, with the teams with the two best records
The National Hockey League (NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is an "unincorporated not-for-profit association" which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which seven are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The league was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Canada, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909. It started with four teams and, through a series of expansions, contractions, and relocations, the league is now composed of 30 active franchises. The nation to which the name of the league originally referred was Canada, although the league has now been binational since 1924 when it expanded into the United States. After a labour dispute that led to
The Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) is a non-affiliated high school ice hockey league composed of teams from the Northern Virginia Area including Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, Stafford County, and the Cities of Manassas and Alexandria. The NVSHL staff and Board of Directors includes a combination of coaches, parents, team representatives, referee, and rink supervisors. There are also many members who are not affiliated with and particular team or organization. The current league Executive Director is Grey Bullen. Assistant Executive Director is Jeff Nygaard. Bullen joined the league after Bud Sterling served the same capacity for the previous two seasons. Prior to that, the league was headed by Nygaard who brought the league from being a part of the MSHL to its very own distinction, the NVSHL. Teams play a ten game regular season followed by a multi-round single elimination playoff tournament to determine the league champion. In the end, the league winner will have played either 13 or 14 games, depending on whether they got a bye in the first round or not.
The NVSHL was created in response to a growing number of
The Appalachian League is a Rookie-class minor league that began play in 1937 with one year of inactivity in 1956. From 1937 to 1962, it was a Class D League. Teams are located in the Appalachian regions of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee. The league's season starts in June, after major league teams have signed players that they selected in the annual amateur draft, and ends in September.
Earlier incarnations of the league operated, more centrally around Tennessee, from 1911 to 1914 and 1921 to 1925 at the Class D level.
The Central Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. All teams, except the Cavaliers, are former Midwest Division teams, hence the Central Division now largely resembling the Midwest Division in the 1970s.
The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference. The Central Division began with four inaugural members, the Atlanta Hawks, the Baltimore Bullets, the Cincinnati Royals and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks joined from the Western Division, while the Bullets and the Royals joined from the Eastern Division.
The Pistons have won the most Central Division titles with nine. The Bulls have won the second most titles with eight. Ten NBA champions came from the Central Division.
ECAC Hockey is one of the five NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conferences that compete in NCAA Division I ice hockey. The conference used to be affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a consortium of over 300 colleges in the eastern United States. This relationship ended in 2004; however the ECAC abbreviation was retained in the name of the hockey conference. ECAC Hockey also operates a women's ice hockey conference, with the same members as the men's conference.
ECAC Hockey was founded in 1962. In June 1983, concerns that the Ivy League schools were potentially leaving the conference and disagreements over schedule length versus academics caused Boston University, Boston College, Providence, Northeastern and New Hampshire to decide to leave the ECAC to form what would become Hockey East, which began play in the 1984–85 season. By that fall, Maine also departed the ECAC for the new conference. This left the ECAC with twelve teams (Army, Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, RPI, St. Lawrence, Vermont, and Yale). Army would stay in the conference until the end of the 1990–91 season, at which point they became independent (they now play
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) or the full name is the Football Association of Thailand under Patronage of His Majesty the King (Thai: สมาคมฟุตบอลแห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์) is the governing body of football in Thailand. It was founded in 25 April 1916 and then joined FIFA in 23 June 1925 and AFC in 1957.
Recently the FAT has been highly criticized. Criticisms and complaints from 2005-2006 included:
The following are the sponsors of FAT (named "FAT Partners"):
The International Association of Professional Base Ball Players was the name for two separate Canadian-American baseball leagues that operated from 1877 through 1880 and also from 1888 until 1890. Some baseball historians consider the International Association the first minor league; others point out that the league was conceived as a rival to the National League, now thought of as the sole major league of the era.
In 1877, the International Association featured teams based in:
The Association's by-laws and constitution required member teams to pay $10 to join the league (plus an additional $15 to compete for the championship) and fan admission was set at 25 cents. Visiting teams were guaranteed $75, plus half of the gate receipts when they exceeded that amount ($75).
Pitcher Candy Cummings (inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1939) was the first president of the International Association, while also a player for the Lynn Live Oaks of Massachusetts in 1877.
Jimmy Williams of Columbus served as the league's first Secretary.
Candy Cummings and Fred Goldsmith, star pitcher for the London Tecumsehs in 1876, 1877 and 1878 and the Chicago
The Liga Nacional de Básquet (abbreviated LNB, and literally in English "National Basketball League") is the top level of the Argentine basketball league system. The league is controlled by the Basketball Clubs' Association (in Spanish: Asociación de Clubes de Básquetbol). The LNB's predecessor is the defunct Campeonato Argentino de Clubes, organized by the Argentine Basketball Federation.
The league was created through the efforts of coach León Najnudel and sports journalist Osvaldo Orcasitas in the 1980s to make Argentine basketball more competitive through the merging of the many existing local leagues. It is designed like the NBA, with regular season, all-star game, and playoffs. However, unlike the NBA, the LNB has promotion and relegation with the Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (TNA), the league immediately below.
A tribute to Najnudel's vision is the string of successes of the Argentine national basketball team, culminating with the team's Olympic gold medal won at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the international careers of many players who started in the league.
Following a system similar to the european basketball leagues, there are two leves of competition: the Liga A (first
The Southeast Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.
The division was created at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the league expanded from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The league realigned itself into three divisions in each conference. The Southeast Division began with five inaugural members, the Hawks, the Bobcats, the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards. The Hawks joined from the Central Division, while the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards joined from the Atlantic Division.
All the Southeast Division titles have been won by the teams from Florida, the Heat and the Magic. The Heat have won the most titles with six and the Magic have won the second-most titles with three. None of the other three teams have won the Southeast Division title. Two NBA champions have come from the Southeast Division: the Heat, who also won the division title, won the NBA championships in 2006 and in the lockout shortened 2012 season. The most recent division
The Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) was an amateur men's ice hockey league founded in 1886, in existence until 1898. It was the second ice hockey league organized in Canada, after one in Kingston, Ontario started in 1883. It was organized to provide a longer season to determine the Canadian champion. Prior to its founding the Canadian championship was determined in a tournament in Montreal.
The 1893 champion of the league, Montreal Hockey Club was the first winner of the Stanley Cup, who were awarded the Cup as the champions of the AHAC since the AHAC was considered the top league of Canada.
The AHAC was founded on December 8, 1886, when the representatives:
of various hockey clubs met at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal at the instigation of the Victoria Hockey Club of Montreal. The first executive was composed of:
They agreed that the season should run from 1 January until 15 March. The constitution would be adapted from a lacrosse league constitution.
The teams knew each other. They had competed at the Montreal Winter Carnival ice hockey tournaments from 1883–1885 and the 1886 Dominion Championship:
Thomas D. Green of Ottawa had played on the 1883 McGill hockey
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Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
FC St. Gallen are relegated to the Swiss Challenge League.
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The Ballarat Football League (BFL) is an Australian rules football competition that operates in the Ballarat region of Victoria, Australia. The competition formed in 1893 as the Ballarat Football Association and was renamed Ballarat Football League in 1908 and was briefly known as the Ballarat-Wimmera Football League between 1934 and 1936.
The league features 11 senior clubs. North City Football Club joined the league in 2008 season raising the number of teams to 11. North City previously played in the Bendigo Football League for the previous two seasons prior to joining. The BFL is also a strong league for grass roots football with 10 junior clubs consisting of 63 teams from U/10 through to U/16.5 (Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Darley, East Ballarat, Golden Point, Lake Wendouree, Mount Clear, North Ballarat, Redan and Sebastopol).
The Ballarat Football League season normally commences in early April with the regular season matches finishing in August. Upon Daylesford's withdrawal from the competition at the end of the 2005 season competing clubs played the opposition clubs twice in the regular season, once at home, once away. This reverted upon North City's admission to the competition
FIBA Europe is a zone within the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) which includes all 49 national European basketball federations.
1-Temporarily part of the British basketball structure for 2012 Olympics.
Current zone champion
NOTE: The men's Euroleague is not operated by FIBA Europe, but rather by ULEB, a consortium of European men's professional leagues. The preliminary rounds of the Eurocup are operated by FIBA Europe, and the competition proper is operated by ULEB. Both the Euroleague and Eurocup are sanctioned by FIBA and play under FIBA rules.
The Handball-Bundesliga (HBL) is the top German professional handball league. The league has been sponsored by Toyota since 2007 and therefore the league is called the Toyota Handball-Bundesliga. The winners of the Handball-Bundesliga are recognised as the German handball champions.
The Bundesliga was installed with the 1966/67 season and initially operated with two regional sections, North and South. Since 1977 the Bundesliga has operated with a single section first division, currently composed of eighteen clubs. In 1981 a 2.Bundesliga was installed as a new second division, supplanting Regionalliga to become the third tier. The 2.Bundesliga used to consist of two (resp. three in the first two years after the German reunification) sections north and south for thiry years. Starting with the 2011/12 season the 2.Bundesliga is run in a single section consisting of twenty teams.
The season has 34 game days (or weeks) and is played as a Round-robin tournament without playoffs or a final. The season starts in August or September and ends in May.
The first, second and third placed teams play in the EHF Champions League next season. The forth placed team has a chance to qualify for the
The Israeli Premier League (Hebrew: ליגת העל, Ligat HaAl, lit. Super League) is an Israeli professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the Israeli football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga Leumit. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 32 matches each, totalling 224 matches in the season. Five games are played on Saturdays, with one game played on Sundays and one game on Mondays. It is sponsored by Toto Winner and therefore officially known as Ligat Winner (Hebrew: ליגת ווינר).
The competition formed on 1999 following the decision of the Israeli Football Association to form a new league. It is also ranked seventeenth in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Poland's Ekstraklasa and the Belarusian Premier League.
Since 1923, a total of 14 clubs have been crowned champions of the Israeli football system. Of the twenty-six clubs to have competed since the inception of the Israeli Premier League in 1999, five have won the title: Beitar Jerusalem (twice),
The Macedonian Premier League (, Makedonska prva liga) is the top-tier basketball competition in the Republic of Macedonia. Prior to Macedonian independence in 1991, Macedonian basketball teams competed in the Yugoslav basketball league, organized by the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia.
The Ohio-Pennsylvania League (1905–1912) was among scores of minor league baseball organizations that popped up throughout the country in the early 20th century. During its seven-year lifespan, the league comprised dozens of local teams that served as training grounds for athletes and officials who would later distinguish themselves in major league baseball.
The association had its beginnings in March 1905, when league president Charlie Morton invited six prospective members to a meeting in Akron, Ohio. In May 1905, eleven teams joined the Protective Association of Independent Clubs, which formed the basis of the Class C Division Ohio-Pennsylvania League. Ultimately, the league trimmed down to eight teams from the following cities: Akron, Ohio; Homestead, Pennsylvania; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Newark, Ohio; Niles, Ohio; Sharon, Pennsylvania; Youngstown, Ohio; and Zanesville, Ohio.
That September, the Youngstown Ohio Works won the league championship, although sources disagree on the team's final record. As one researcher writes: "The Reach Guide (1906) credits Youngstown with an 84–32 won-lost record where the Spalding Guide of the same year lists a 90–35 record. The Encyclopedia
The Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) is a college athletic conference that operates in the Western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. The conference's 12 members, which are primarily flagship research universities in their respective regions, well-regarded academically, and with relatively large student enrollment, compete in 22 NCAA sports. It was founded as the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), in 1915, whose principal members founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) in 1959, and went by the names Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, Pacific-10, becoming the Pacific-12 in 2011.
The "Conference of Champions," the Pac-12 has won more NCAA National Team Championships than any other conference in history; the three schools with the most NCAA team championships belong to the Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford and USC, in that order). With Arizona State's softball title in 2011, the conference won its 400th NCAA Championship.
The current commissioner of the conference is Larry Scott who replaced Thomas C.
The Primeira Liga (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɾiˈmejɾɐ ˈliɣɐ]), formerly called Primeira Divisão, currently named Liga ZON Sagres after their main sponsors, is the top professional association football division of the Portuguese football league system. The Liga ZON Sagres is presently contested by 16 clubs each season, but only five of them have won the title. Currently going into its 78th edition (counting four provisional championships in the 1930s), the competition is dominated by the nicknamed "Big Three" (Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Futebol Clube do Porto, and Sporting Clube de Portugal), who have a total of 75 titles, with Clube de Futebol "Os Belenenses" and Boavista Futebol Clube winning the other two.
The league has been increasing in reputation in the last few years, having achieved 5th place in UEFA's European ranking of 2012, breaking into the top 5 and passing the French Ligue 1, one of the historical big 5 leagues, for the first time since 1990. The league also has a world ranking of 4 by IFFHS's ranking of 2011.
Before the Portuguese football reform of 1938, an experimental competition on a round-basis was already being held — the Primeira Liga (Premier League) and the
The Scotland Sevens, is a rugby union sevens tournament that is a part of the IRB Sevens World Series. It was originally held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh between 2007 and 2011, before moving to Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow for 2012. It is the penultimate event in of the season in IRB Sevens circuit. The hosting contract between the International Rugby Board, which operates the IRB Sevens, and the Scottish Rugby Union runs from 2007 through 2011. The first and second tournaments was held near the beginning of June, with Emirates Airline as the title sponsor. The events included a Festival of Rugby on the nearby training pitches outside Murryfield when it was held there.
The Table Tennis Victoria Super League commenced on Good Friday, 6 April 2007, with its first ever Team Draft. The 2007 Table Tennis Victoria Super League will bring 18 of Australia’s top table tennis players together in a 10 week series involving 6 clubs. The stakes are high, only months away from qualification for the Beijing Olympics all players will want to make their mark. Each team will involve 2 male players and a female. All players are State or National representatives. On the day there were 26 athletes, 17 male and 9 female, vying for 12 male places and 6 female places on six teams. The clubs that will be contesting the inaugural season are -
Each of the competing teams has a "salary cap" of 500 points.
The weekly competition will be competed in the international standard venue of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), matches will be contested weekly on a Wednesday night with a start time of 7.30pm, matches are likely to conclude within three hours. With the available facilities of this world class venue, the Super League will be looking to expand the knowledge of table tennis to not just the spectators, but into households with a TV series being filmed during
The Chinese Professional Baseball League (Traditional Chinese: 中華職業棒球大聯盟), or CPBL, is the top-tier professional baseball league in Taiwan. The league was established in 1989. CPBL eventually absorbed the competing Taiwan Major League in 2003. As of 2008, the CPBL has four teams with average attendance of approximately 3,000 per game.
Baseball was first introduced to Taiwan during Japanese rule, and gained popularity when the national little league baseball teams won numerous Little League World Series championships in the 1970s and 1980s. The national baseball team also performed exceptionally well in many international competitions. However, the development of baseball in Taiwan was limited due to the lack of a professional league, and therefore many players were reluctant to commit to the sport.
The idea of forming a professional baseball league in Taiwan was first suggested and realized by local Brother Hotel's chairman Hung Teng-Sheng (洪騰勝). He formed his amateur Brother Hotel baseball team in 1984, and intended to professionalize his team and form a professional league within a few years. Throughout 1988 and 1989, Hung visited numerous Taiwanese businesses, trying to convince
The League of Ireland (Irish: Sraith na hÉireann) is the national association football league of the Republic of Ireland. It should not be confused with the Irish League which is the national football league of Northern Ireland.
Founded in 1921, as a league of eight clubs, it has expanded over time into a two-tiered league of 19 clubs. It is currently split into the League of Ireland Premier Division and the League of Ireland First Division. The league was governed by its members, the clubs, from its foundation to 2006, when it entered into a five year merger with the Football Association of Ireland. In 2010, its members voted to renew the merger once the current agreement expires. The league has suffered severe financial problems in recent years due to mismanagement and overspending by its clubs. In 2007, it became the first major league in Europe to introduce a salary cap.
The league includes one club from Northern Ireland, Derry City. Derry City formerly played in the Irish Football League, but voluntarily left the Northern Irish league following the 1972–73 season as a result of safety and security concerns. Derry City joined the League of Ireland at the second level in 1985,
The National Football League (NFL) was the first attempt at forming a national professional football league in 1902. The league has no ties with the modern National Football League. In fact the league was only composed of teams from Pennsylvania, which meant it was actually regional despite having locations in the two largest cities in Pennsylvania. Two of the teams were based in Philadelphia, while the third was based in Pittsburgh. The NFL was a curious mixture of football players and baseball players who adapted to playing football. Future Baseball Hall of Famer Rube Waddell was with the Philadelphia Athletics, and Christy Mathewson a fullback for Pittsburgh. Two of the three teams were owned by the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Athletics, with the third team suspected of being owned by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The league folded after the 1902 season.
Ironically the roots of the league lie with baseball, not football. It began as a part of the baseball wars between the National League and the new American League that began in 1901. In Philadelphia the AL's Athletics lured several of the NL's Phillies from their contracts, only to lose them again through court action.
The Olympic Conference was an IHSAA-sanctioned conference located within Delaware, Fayette, Jay, and Madison counties. The conference was formed in 1971 by second (and third) high schools from Anderson, Kokomo, and Muncie, and also included suburban Indianapolis schools that grew too large for their conferences at the time. Many suburban schools ended up outgrowing the Olympic as well, with former members now in the Metropolitan and Hoosier Crossroads "superconferences," as the two contain many of the largest schools in the state.
While hosting ten schools in two divisions at its largest, the conference spent the 2000s with five members, then four after Huntington North joined the North Central Conference. With the closing of Anderson Highland after the 2009-2010 school year, as well as the possibility that Muncie Southside will close and be consolidated into Muncie Central in 2011, the conference decided to disband. The Southside and Jay County are independents, Connersville will join the Eastern Indiana Conference in 2013-14.
The Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba is the official governing body of the sport of football (soccer) in Cuba including the Cuban National Team. The league is composed of one professional division with total of 8 teams.
See League Table: http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=cub/nationalleague/standings.html
Cuba National Football Team
Australian rules football in Germany is currently played by six clubs, with the Australian Football League of Germany (AFLG) the governing body.
The Frankfurt Redbacks and Munich Kangaroos were founded in 1995 and had been playing since 1996. The AFLG was officially created in 1999, but the two clubs only played occasional matches against each other for the first few years until the formation of the Berlin Crocodiles and the Hamburg Dockers made the possibility of a national league a reality. The German home and away season began in 2003 with these four clubs, Munich winning the premiership.
In 2004 the Düsseldorf Lions (formed in 2002) joined the AFLG, the league having a five-club structure for the following two seasons.
In 2006, a new French side from Strasbourg, the Kangaroos, entered the German league to experience regular league play. The Strasbourg club played under the nickname the "Black Devils" in the German league to avoid a name clash with Munich. At roughly the same time, the Düsseldorf club rebranded to become the Rheinland Lions to reflect a shared home between Düsseldorf and nearby Köln (Cologne).
In 2007 the French team, Strasbourg Kangaroos withdrew from the
The Canadian-American Hockey League, popularly known as the Can-Am League, was a professional ice hockey league that operated from 1926 to 1936. It was a direct ancestor of the American Hockey League.
For its first ten years the Can-Am's membership varied between five and six teams. When Boston dropped out after the 1935–36 season thus reducing the league to just four active teams (Philadelphia, Providence, Springfield, and New Haven), however, the C-AHL joined with four teams from the International Hockey League (Syracuse, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland) and operated as a new but temporary "circuit of mutual convenience" styled as the "International-American Hockey League." In this form the two leagues played an interlocking schedule for the next two years with the Can-Am clubs serving as the I-AHL's Eastern Division and the IHL as its Western Division, although Buffalo was forced to drop out early in the 1936–37 season owing to the roof of its arena having collapsed in a snowstorm.
At a meeting held in New York City on June 28, 1938, the two leagues formally merged into a unified eight-team circuit operating under the I-AHL name with the addition of the EAHL's then three-time
Elitserien (literally, "The Elite League") is the highest league in the league system of Swedish handball and comprises the top 14 Swedish handball teams. The first season began in 1931-32. The season ends with a play-off and a final like Super Bowl.
The season starts in the end of September with a regular season comprising 14 teams meeting each other twice. A total of 26 rounds. The eight best teams after the regular season qualifies for the play-off, while the two last are relegated and the 11th and 12th team plays matches against the third and fourth from the Allsvenskan and the winners from the Division 1.
The season ends with a single final in the beginning of May.
The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League, is the National Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization. Known until summer 2005 as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), the NBA D-League started with eight teams in the fall of 2001. In March 2005, NBA commissioner David Stern announced a plan to expand the NBA D-League to fifteen teams and develop it into a true minor league farm system, with each NBA D-League team affiliated with one or more NBA teams. For the 2011–12 season, the league consists of 16 teams. At the conclusion of the 2010–11 NBA season, 23% of NBA players had spent time in the NBA D-League.
The league began play as the NBDL in the 2001–2002 season; the original eight franchises were all located in the southeastern United States (specifically in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia). Some of these teams were purchased by private owners and relocated—at the same time the league's name was changed—in the summer of 2005, in a bid to appeal to more fans nationwide. As a result, franchises were established in or moved to Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma. In February 2006, the D-League
Tohto University Baseball League (東都大学野球連盟,Tōto daigaku yakyū renmei) is an intercollegiate baseball league that features 21 prominent universities in the Tokyo area.
Division 1 games are played at Meiji Jingu Stadium.
Tohto University Baseball League was established in 1930. The league title team has recorded 21 championships in All Japan University Baseball Championship Series. It is the most championships in the university baseball league in Japan.
Aoyama Gakuin University
Tokyo University of Agriculture
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Tokyo City University
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Aoyama Gakuin University
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Tokyo University of Agriculture
The Gippsland Football League (formerly known as the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League), is an Australian rules football League in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is considered the only major league governed by the Victorian Country Football League in Gippsland.
The Gippsland League has roots dating back to the Central Gippsland Football League which was founded in 1902. The CGFL morphed into the Latrobe Valley Football League in 1954. The promoters of the LVFL wanted to have a league that consisted of towns along the Orbost railway line, from Warragul to Sale. Three clubs form south Gippsland towns, Leongatha, Korumburra and Mirboo North, were therefore barred from joining the new league and went on to form the South Gippsland FL.
The LVFL changed its name, in 1995, to the Gippsland Latrobe FL.
At the end of 2001, The West Gippsland FL and the Gippsland Latrobe FL had an administrative merger. This created a two-division competition and a name change to West Gippsland Latrobe FL.
From 2002 until 2004, the league comprised a premier division, consisting mainly of the former Gippsland-Latrobe clubs, and a western division, comprising most of the former WGFL
Veto League otherwise known as the Brisbane Premier League (BPL) is the first tier of senior football (soccer) in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, administered by Football Brisbane (FB). Fourteen teams play out a twenty-six match regular season with the top six teams qualifying for the finals series and the bottom two teams being relegated to Division 1.
In 2013, however, a major restructuring of the Brisbane football pyramid will take place with promotion and relegation to and from Division One not being in place. Clubs which best meet a set list of criteris will be elected to the new league by an independent panel with the announcement expected to come in late September.
The teams for season 2012 are shown in the table below.
In 2012, several former Hyundai A-League and NSL players will play and coach throughout the league. Former Brisbane Roar, Wellington Phoenix and Swindon Town striker Royce Brownlie is a player/coach at North Star. Former Northern Spirit and Central Coast Mariners forward Russell Woodruffe completed a switch from Redlands United to Eastern Suburbs in 2012.
Eastern Suburbs are currently coached by Alan Hunter, who won the Joe Marston Medal in 1997 for player
The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP), or simply the National Association (NA), was founded in 1871 and continued through the 1875 season. It succeeded and incorporated several professional clubs from the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP); in turn several of its clubs created the succeeding National League.
The NA was the first professional baseball league. Its status as a major league is in dispute. Major League Baseball and the Baseball Hall of Fame do not recognize it as a major league, but the NA comprised most of the professional clubs and the highest caliber of play then in existence. Its players, managers, and umpires are included among the "major leaguers" who define the scope of many encyclopedias and many databases developed by SABR or Retrosheet.
Several factors limited the lifespan of the National Association including
Professional baseball clubs in the 19th century were often known by what is now regarded as a "nickname", although it was actually the club's name. This was a practice carried over from the amateur days.
The Encyclopedia of Baseball attempted to retrofit the names into a modern context, possibly introducing
NCAA Football is an American football video game series developed by EA Sports in which players control and compete against current Division I FBS college teams. Because of NCAA rules, current college players cannot be used as cover athletes. Instead, each cover features a player whose college eligibility ended the season before the game's release, wearing his former college uniform. The only two exceptions have been the Wii version of NCAA Football 09, which featured Sparty, the mascot of Michigan State University, on the cover, and NCAA Football 06 when Desmond Howard was featured on the cover striking the Heisman Trophy pose during his career at Michigan, despite not playing for Michigan for more than 15 years. Starting in 2011, players are now able to import the draft classes of potential NFL prospects into EA's Madden NFL games (though this feature was removed in 2012).
NCAA Football was originally known as "Bill Walsh College Football" and was released on 4th generation video game consoles, such as Sega Genesis.
Bill Walsh College Football featured the top 24 college football teams from 1992 and 24 of the all-time greatest teams since 1978. While no actual players were named
The Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJAHL) is one of two Ontario Hockey Association Tier I Junior ice hockey leagues operating in Southern Ontario, it is a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Canada. Announced July 26, 2009, the OJAHL features 15 teams from Southern Ontario and New York, all eligible to compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup and Royal Bank Cup.
The other Junior A league that came from the OJHL was the Central Canadian Hockey League. The OJAHL will be distinct from the other league as it will still follow the Canadian Development Model, while the other league will have modified rules.
The league was formed in the Summer of 2009 after a long period of infighting within the now defunct Ontario Junior Hockey League. On June 29, 2009, the OJHL was official dissolved by the Ontario Hockey Association and two new bodies were formed in its place, the OJAHL and the Central Canadian Hockey League.
The 15 core teams of the OJAHL are in agreement that they wish to stick to the Canadian Development Model, while keeping operational control more the responsibility of the individual of the team than the league as a whole as is in the Central Canadian Hockey
The Swiss Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) (German: Schweizerischer Eishockeyverband (SEHV), French: Ligue Suisse de Hockey sur Glace (LSHG), Italian: Federazione Svizzera di hockey su ghiaccio ) is the governing body of ice hockey in Switzerland, as recognized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It was founded in 1908 and is a founding member of the IIHF. It manages both the amateur and professional games in Switzerland, as well as the national teams on junior and senior levels.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League (東京六大学野球連盟,Tōkyō roku daigaku yakyū renmei) is an intercollegiate baseball league that features six prominent universities in the Tokyo area. Before the establishment and subsequent growth of Nippon Professional Baseball, the Big6 League was widely considered the highest level of baseball in Japan.
Current as of November 3, 2010
The Tokyo Big6 Baseball League was established in 1925. It is also the origin of the Tokyo 6 Universities (東京六大学, Tōkyō roku daigaku) nickname that is given to the same six universities.
All games are played at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku in downtown Tokyo. Games are known to be rowdy and celebratory, with male cheerleaders (応援団, Ōendan), cheerleaders and bands working themselves and the crowd into a frenzy.
The six teams play short eight weekend seasons in the spring and autumn of a given year. A team plays a short series against each of the five other teams in the league. The series format is similar to a three game playoff, where the first to two wins is given a series victory. Home field is alternated, as all games are played at Jingu Stadium. Should a team sweep the first two games, no further games are
The Turkish Ice Hockey Super League (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Süper Ligi, abbreviated TBHSL) is the highest level of ice hockey in Turkey. It is operated under the jurisdiction of the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Unlike the National Hockey League, the Super League is not divided into conferences; teams compete in a single division. The league currently consists of six teams, from two different cities.
The champion of the league qualifies for the first round of IIHF Continental Cup.
The Bel-Pa Ice Rink hosted the first match ever played in compliance with the IIHF rules and regulations, at the end of 1989 between Ankara Tarım Kredi Spor and Istanbul Paten Kulübü teams.
As of January 1990, ice hockey in Turkey was operated under the jurisdicition of the Turkish Ski Federation, and the first official championship ever was organized among two teams from Ankara and two from Istanbul. Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi, İstanbul Paten Klübü, Ankara Atatürk Buz Hokeyi Takımı and İstanbul Boğaziçi Patinaj Klübü has participated to the championship and B.B. Ankara SK became the champion.
The rising interest in ice hockey effected the
The Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVF) (in Turkish: Türkiye Voleybol Federasyonu) is the governing body of volleyball and beach volleyball in Turkey. Formed in 1958, it is based in Ankara. The TVF is a member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV).
It organizes three volleyball leagues and one Turkey cup each for men's and women's teams.
The federation also organizes the Turkey men's national volleyball team and the Turkey women's national volleyball team.
The USL Premier Development League (commonly known as the PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. It is currently the top-level men's amateur soccer competition in the United States, and has 73 teams competing in four conferences, split into nine regional divisions; unofficially, it is considered to be the fourth tier of competition, behind Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League and the USL Professional Division, and roughly equal with the National Premier Soccer League.
Forest City London are the reigning PDL champions, having defeated the Carolina Dynamo 2-1 in the 2012 PDL Championship game on August 4, 2012.
While not strictly a "professional" league in the sense that the majority of players do not receive payment, the PDL prides itself on its professionalism in terms of its organization and the way the league is run, and its dedication to developing young soccer players, preparing them for future careers in professional leagues in the United States and elsewhere. As PDL seasons take place during the summer months, the player pool is drawn mainly from elite
The Western League (ウエスタン・リーグ) is one of the two minor leagues of Japanese professional baseball. The league is owned and managed by the Pacific League.
The league was created in 1952 as the Kansai Farm League, and contained the minor league teams of the seven professional teams that had their homefields in the western region of Japan. The original teams in the league were, the Osaka Tigers, Hankyu Braves, Nankai Hawks, Nagoya Dragons, Nishitetsu Lions, Shochiku Robins, and Sanyo Crowns. The league was initially completely separate from the workings of the NPB. The Sanyo Crowns were dissolved in 1952, and the Shochiku Robins merged with the Taiyo Whales in 1953, to cut the number of teams down to five. The Kintetsu Pearls joined in 1953, but the six teams of the Central League decided to form their own minor league in 1954, and the Chunichi Dragons and Hanshin Tigers dropped out of the league to leave only four teams in the league.
The league decided to join the NPB in 1955, and the 14 minor league teams of the Central League and Pacific League were split up to create the Western League and Eastern League. The new league consisted of the minor league teams of, the Hanshin Tigers,
The Korean Basketball League, often abbreviated to the KBL, is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in South Korea. Its inaugural season was in 1997. The season starts in October and ends in April the following year. The KBL consists of 10 teams. Each team plays 54 games (27 home games, 27 road games). Each team is allowed to have 2 foreign players. Foreign players in the league are almost always either a forward or center. Formerly, foreign players were not allowed to exceed 2.03 m (6 feet, 8 inches) in height, although that rule has since been revoked.
There are currently 10 clubs in the KBL:
The Midwest Athletic Conference is a high school athletic conference in northwestern Indiana, USA. The conferences members are small high schools located in Cass, Fulton, Newton, Pulaski, and White counties. The Conference began in 1955 with eight schools located in Benton, Carroll, Cass, Newton, and White counties. The MAC had a tumultuous history of membership turnover for much of its history, but has stabilized since going to 10 members with West Central and Winimac joining in 1980 and 1981, respectively. The only changes since the are Rossville and Carroll joining the Hoosier Heartland Conference in 1989 and 1992, leaving a stable 8 school membership for 20 years.
Tri County also has students living in Benton and Jasper Counties.
The National Football League (NFL) is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing its name to the National Football League in 1922. The league currently consists of thirty-two teams from the United States. The league is divided evenly into two conferences—the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each, for a total of 16 teams in each conference. The NFL is an unincorporated 501(c)(6) association, a federal nonprofit designation, comprising its 32 teams.
The regular season is a seventeen-week schedule during which each team plays sixteen games and has one bye week. The season currently starts on the Thursday night in the first full week of September and runs weekly to late December or early January. At the end of each regular season, six teams from each conference (at least one from each division) play in the NFL playoffs, a twelve-team single-elimination tournament
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is a men's professional indoor lacrosse league in North America. It currently has nine teams; three in Canada and six in the United States. Unlike other lacrosse leagues which play in the summer, the NLL plays its games in the winter and spring. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the Champion's Cup. Historically, the league has averaged about 10,000 fans per game.
The version of lacrosse played in the NLL is indoor lacrosse, slightly different from box lacrosse, which is played on a hard floor, usually in the summer, and has 4 periods instead of 3. The NLL plays four quarters of fifteen minutes each, with two-minute breaks between the first and second quarters and between the third and fourth quarters, and a twelve-minute break between the second and third (called half-time). The clock does not run when play is stopped.
The team that has scored the most goals at the end of regulation time is declared the winner. If the game is tied after four quarters have been played, the teams begin sudden death overtime; the team that scores first wins the game. Overtime periods are fifteen minutes long, with two-minute breaks between overtime periods.
The NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League is an affiliated body of the New South Wales Rugby League, established to promote the development of Rugby League within Universities, TAFE and other Tertiary Institutes within the state of NSW.
Formed in late 1969, the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League came about when the Sydney University, Macquarie University, University of NSW and University of Newcastle Rugby League clubs joined to create their own competition that was not restricted by the same boundaries as other senior open age competitions within Sydney.
In 2009 the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League will have 12 clubs from Sydney, Bathurst, Canberra and Newcastle, making it one of the most geographically spread competitions under the New South Wales Rugby League.
The Tertiary Nines was an annual pre-season competition run by the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League to kick start the Tertiary League season.
The original competition setup by the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League back in 1970, the Tertiary League is the premier week-to-week competition run in NSW for University, TAFE and other Tertiary college students.
With a significant influx of teams joining the NSW Tertiary Student
The Pakistan Super League (or PSL) is a proposed Twenty20 cricket competition created by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The first season of the Pakistan Super League is expected to begin in 2011 and will replace Pakistan's current RBS League.
The structure of the league will be modeled on the Indian Premier League, making use of the franchise model.
At the current moment the following thirteen teams are thought to make up the PSL. They are to be shuffled into one group of 4 and three groups of 3 every year unless and until one or more of the proposed teams are inducted. The Afghuan national team has also asked PCB to play in the tournament. The PCB has said them playing is likely.
The Tournament would also be expanded to possibly include foreign players, however at the moment only Pakistani players will be participating.
The Divizia A is the top-tier professional basketball league of Romania. There are 16 teams in Men's Division A.
The regular season begins in October and is played over a normal round-robin home-and-away basis. The first 8 clubs qualify for the play-offs. The play-offs are played using the knock-out format. The quarter-finals and semifinals use "best of 5" series, while the final is played using a "best of 7" series. The last 2 teams following the regular season are automatically relegated to the Division B.
The championship was founded in 1950. The most successful club is Dinamo Bucureşti with 22 titles, followed closely by Steaua Bucureşti with 21. But in recent years Asesoft Ploieşti is the best team in the country, winning the championship 7 times in a row from 2004–10 and again in 2012. Asesoft is the only Romanian team who won a European competition, namely the FIBA EuroCup Challenge, in 2005.
Despite its mediocre present, Romanian basketball had a bright past, three of its former players becoming worldwide basketball stars. These three players have been recently inducted in the European Basketball Hall of Fame, as a recognition for their glorious careers.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association is the governing body of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands. They control the Turks and Caicos Islands national football team, the MFL League men's league and the WFL League women's league.
Major League Lacrosse, or MLL, is a professional men's field lacrosse league that is made up of seven teams in the United States and one team in Canada.
The MLL was founded by Jake Steinfeld, Dave Morrow and Tim Robertson in 1998, and began regular season play in June 2001. Steinfeld is well known for creating the Body By Jake line of exercise equipment and videos. Morrow is a former All-American lacrosse player and the president of Warrior Sports.
The league was originally divided into the American Division — Boston, Bridgeport (moved to Philadelphia in 2004) and Long Island — and the National Division — Baltimore (moved to Washington after the 2006 season and to Annapolis after the 2008 season), New Jersey, and Rochester — from 2001 until 2005. The MLL played a 14-game regular season its first two years; in 2003, the schedule was cut to 12 games. The league's playoff format has the top teams in each division advancing to the New Balance MLL Championship Weekend, with two wild card playoff spots going to the teams with the best remaining records regardless of division.
MLL announced on March 9, 2005, that the league would expand to Los Angeles for the 2006 season, and that the
The Scottish Handball Association is the governing body for non-International Handball Federation related matters of team handball in Scotland while the British Handball Association has governance over matters relating to the International Handball Federation. The SHA is a member of the European Handball Federation (EHF).
Full details of past winners and the current seasons fixtures/results can be found at the SHA Cup page.
The Scottish Handball League Championship Campaign commenced on October 2009. All league games will be played at Blackburn, West Lothian.
This year seven teams from across central Scotland will be taking part in the league campaign, for full details of results and fixtures see the Scottish Handball Season 2009/10 page.
The Scottish Cup Competition will be contested by 7 sides from across Scotland, with Ayr HC being replaced by Glasgow University HC. The 2009/10 season fixtures and results can be view on the SHA Cup page.
The Scottish National squad have competed in the European Handball Federation Men's Challenge Trophy since 2005, and will enter a team into this years tournament at the end of October 2009 .
The Challenge Trophy is an International Handball
The Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) (German: Österreichischer Fußball-Bund) is the governing body of football in Austria. It organizes the football league, Austrian Bundesliga, the Austrian Cup and the Austrian national team, as well as its female equivalent. It is based in Vienna.
Since 1905, it has been a FIFA member, and since 1954, a UEFA member. Since 7 April 2002, Friedrich Stickler (Dipl. Eng.), the director of executive committee of the Austrian lottery, has been the President of the Austrian Football Association. Supporting him is its President, Kurt Ehrenberger, Frank Stronach, Dr. Gerhard Kapl, and Dr. Leo Windtner. In 2004, it was announced there are 285,000 players (both sexes) in Austria playing for 2,309 teams in the federation, although many more players play informally or for non-recognised teams. Thus the federation is the largest sporting organization the country. Football is, perhaps with the exception of skiing, the most popular sport in Austria. Football possesses a large value, and has a rich history and tradition in Austria.
Each year the Austrian championship in the Bundesliga and the Cup winner are decided. Further the Austrian national soccer team
The Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) was created in 2007. The league is made up of 5 teams in the Northeast and mid atlantic region of the US. The Teams play at the ACHA Division I level.
League Teams play a 20 game league schedule consisting of 4 games against each of the other league teams. League Playoffs are held in February with the top 4 teams qualifying for the playoffs. ESCHL Champions receive an automatic bid to the ACHA Men's Division I National Tournament.
Penn State University won the first two playoff championships over the University of Delaware in both 2008 and 2009. The regular season title was shared by Penn State, Delaware, and the University of Rhode Island in the 2008-2009 with each team finishing with 25 points in the standings. Navy and Drexel left the conference to join the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association and Robert Morris University joined the conference beginning in the 2010–11 season. In September 2010, prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, Penn State left the conference in 2011 during the program's transition to NCAA Division I. Robert Morris left the league to join College Hockey Mid-America but was replaced by Rutgers in the
The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) (Georgian: საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია) was founded in 1936. It was part of the Football Federation of Soviet Union from 1936 to 1989. The Independent Georgian Football Federation was established on 15 February 1990. It is the governing body of football in Georgia. It organizes the football league, the Georgian Premier League, and the Georgia national football team. It is based in Tbilisi.
The Great South League is a collegiate summer baseball league which comprises teams located in the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Teams consist of current college baseball players from the JUCO, NAIA, and NCAA levels who wish to further their skills by practicing and playing during the summer off-season.
In the fall of 2005, the Georgia Collegiate League was founded by the Georgia Dugout Club in order to promote wood-bat summer league baseball within the state of Georgia. After two successful seasons of playing ball, the GCL formally adopted the new name, the Great South League, and expanded to include 12 teams in the states of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama for the 2008 season. Currently, the GSL has four divisions with 24 teams spread across the Southeast. The GSL seeks to allow college baseball players of all intercollegiate levels continue their development and improve their style of play. Bill Park has served as the Leagues President since 2007 becoming Commissioner in 2010 upon the retirement of founding Commissioner, Harvey Cochran.
At Large Division
In a series of press releases,
The Hong Kong Football Association (Chinese: 香港足球總會), often abbreviated to the HKFA, is the governing body of association football in Hong Kong. Its current chairman is Brian Leung Hung-Tak and its general secretary is Vincent Yuen Mun-Chuen.
Established in 1909, it is one of the oldest Football Federations in Asia and is responsible for organising various football competitions including the Hong Kong First Division, for professional, amateur and young footballers in Hong Kong.
In 1954, HKFA joined FIFA, and was also one of twelve founding associations of the Asian Football Confederation. Hong Kong played an important role in the early development of Asian football, and was given the honour of hosting the first Asian Cup competition in 1956, in which Hong Kong came third in the tournament.
Despite being a part of the British Empire, and, more recently part of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong still fields a FIFA recongised separate national team.
HKFA is also responsible for operating the Hong Kong football team (Chinese: 香港足球代表隊), which represents Hong Kong and competes in international football events.
HKFA's president is Timothy Fok SBS JP. The association is currently
The Japan Professional Football League (社団法人日本プロサッカーリーグ, Shadan Hōjin Nippon Puro Sakkā Rīgu), is the top professional association football league in Japan. It is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football and the only league given top class ranking by the AFC.
Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH) is a limited liability company which operates multiple inline hockey leagues and tournaments. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, MLRH is one of the only full-contact inline hockey competitions in the world.
The league was organized in 1998 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, after the suspension of operations of a predecessor organization, Roller Hockey International (RHI), which had been founded in 1993.
MLRH draws many players with former college and pro ice hockey experience, as well as "pure" inline hockey players. Although Americans have historically constituted the majority of the players in MLRH, the league also attracts Canadian and European trained players to the league.
MLRH expanded to Europe in 2012 with a pan-European series of competitions spanning from top level hockey to youth and amateur competitions.
After the suspension of Roller Hockey International (RHI) for the 1998 season, Major League Roller Hockey was founded in 1998 in Alexandria, Virginia by entrepreneur Bill Raue. The inaugural season featured two franchises from the suspended RHI (the Anaheim Bullfrogs and Buffalo Wings) and 18 new franchises, with 11 in the
Standardbreds are a breed of horse best known for their ability to race in harness at a trot or pace instead of under saddle at a gallop. Developed in North America, the breed is now recognized worldwide for its harness racing ability. They are solid, well-built horses with good dispositions that are also used under saddle for a variety of equestrian activities, particularly in the Midwest and eastern United States.
In the 17th century, the first trotting races were held in the Americas, usually in fields on horses under saddle. However, by the mid-18th century, trotting races were held on official courses, with the horses in harness. Breeds that have contributed foundation stock to the Standardbred breed included the Narragansett Pacer and the Canadian Pacer, Thoroughbreds, Norfolk Trotter, the Hackney, and the Morgan. Breeders selected bloodlines that would produce the fastest horses, with one of the most notable sires being the gray Thoroughbred stallion Messenger, who was exported to the United States in 1788. Messenger was bred to race on flat but, like many of the early Thoroughbreds, had Norfolk Roadster blood in his pedigree. He was mated to many Thoroughbred mares, and it
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) or Svenska Ishockeyförbundet in Swedish, is an association of Swedish sports clubs with ice hockey activities.
SIHA was part of the Swedish Football Association but became an association of its own on November 17, 1922. In 1920 SIHA became a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Apart from hockey, also inline hockey is the province of SIHA.
The association's general secretary currently is Christer Englund.
In Sweden ice hockey is played nationwide in the following levels:
Sweden has seven national ice hockey teams:
The 2nd Women's Football Bundesliga is the second league competition for women's football (soccer) in Germany. It is divided into 2 groups of north and south. The winner of each group, if not a reserve team of a Bundesliga side, gets promoted to the Bundesliga, the last two places of each group get relegated to the Regionalliga.
Hamburg II was the first reserve team that won the league. As reserve teams are ineligible for promotion, 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig as runner-ups got promoted.
Potsdam II was the second reserve team that won the league. As reserve teams are ineligible for promotion, FSV Gütersloh 2009 as runner-ups got promoted.
The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of ten schools, with headquarters located in Irving, Texas. It is a member of the NCAA's Division I for all sports; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. Member schools are located in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.
According to the Big 12 Conference's website, the alternate names "Big Twelve" and "Big XII" are incorrect. The trademarked name of the conference is Big 12 Conference, notwithstanding the Roman numeral XII featured on the conference logo. The current Big 12 Commissioner is Bob Bowlsby.
The Big 12 Conference is the second youngest of the major college athletic conferences in the United States, having formed in 1994 from a merger of one of the oldest conferences, the Big Eight, with four prominent colleges from Texas. From its formation until 2011, its 12 members competed in two divisions. Two charter members left the conference in 2011, and in 2012, two more universities left, while another two joined from other conferences. In 2012, the Big 12 formed an alliance with the
The Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) (French: Association canadienne de soccer) is the governing body of soccer (association football) in Canada. It is a national organization that oversees the Canadian men's and women's national teams for international play, as well as the respective junior sides (U-20 and U-17 for men and women). Within Canada, it oversees national professional and amateur club championships.
The founding meeting of the Dominion of Canada Football Association took place on May 24, 1912. The organization joined FIFA on 31 December 1912. On 21 June 1926, the DCFA resigned from FIFA, only to rejoin on 20 June 1948.
The Association has hosted three FIFA tournaments, the FIFA U-17 World Cup Canada 1987, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2002, and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. The Association will next host the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2014 and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.
The Association's national teams have won nine confederation championships. Canada won the 1985 CONCACAF Men's Championship and the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Canada's women's "A" team won the 1998 and 2010 CONCACAF women's championships. The men's youth team won the
The Catholic High School Athletic Association or CHSAA is a high school athletic association made up of Catholic High Schools based in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. It is the largest such Catholic High School athletic league in the United States.
The NYCHSAA is divided into three sections.
Manhattan College high school (Closed 1971)
New York's Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) was formed in March 1927. The Catholic schools in the city from approximately 1908 to 1922 competed along with their grammar school counterparts in baseball and track, but no larger organization arose from the competition. The Catholic secondary schools of the city remained largely unorganized, while their counterparts in such cities as Chicago and Philadelphia had been organized into leagues for years. Finally, in 1927, the Southern Branch of the New York Catholic High Schools’ Athletic Association organized league competition with an outdoor track meet held at Fordham University on May 26, 1927. The charter members of the league were Fordham Prep, All Hallows, LaSalle Academy, Regis, St. Ann’s, and Xavier High, all in Manhattan; and Brooklyn Prep, Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn
The Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste (English: East Timor Football Federation) is the governing body of football in East Timor. FFTL has two levels of national football league, which are Super Liga, and Taça Digicel.
Office is located at Campo Democracia Ave. Bairo Formosa P.O. Box 406 Dili, Xanana Sport Center and National Teams Field.
Currently, Timor Leste has the following football national teams:
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI; Irish: Cumann Peile na hÉireann) is the governing body for the sport of association football in the Republic of Ireland. It should not to be confused with the Irish Football Association (IFA), which is the organising body for the sport in Northern Ireland.
For the full history, statistics and records of the senior team, see Republic of Ireland national football team.
The FAI has an Executive Committee of five unpaid members under the President, as well as a paid administrative staff led by the General Secretary Joe Murphy'. The current chief executive is John Delaney who earns a salary of €430,000 a year. There is also a General Council of delegates who vote at the AGM. As well as the senior clubs, the General Council includes delegates from a variety of affiliated organisations:
Recent changes have been made to the organisational structure following the publication of the "Genesis II" report (a non-independent report produced by and for the FAI, following the publication of the independent and highly critical Genesis report) of 2005. This includes the reorganisation of the national football league system in line with the
The Fußball-Bundesliga (commonly the Bundesliga, German pronunciation: [ˈbʊndəsˌliːɡa], Federal League) is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of the German football league system, it is Germany's primary football competition. The Bundesliga is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga. Seasons run from August to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings.
A total of 51 clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding. FC Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga the most, winning the title 21 times. However, the Bundesliga has seen other champions with Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfB Stuttgart most prominent among them. The Bundesliga is one of the top national leagues, currently ranked 3rd in Europe according to UEFA's league coefficient ranking, based on recent European performances. The Bundesliga is the number one football league in the world in terms of average attendance; out of all sports, its average of 45,134 fans per game during the 2011–12 season was the second highest of any
The Junior League Softball World Series is a softball tournament for girls aged between 13 and 14. The tournament is administered by Little League Baseball, Inc. and is held annually in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Washington.
The tournament started in 1999, and is a true "World Series" since ten regions from around the world send in teams:
The ten teams are divided into two pools of five members each. The two best teams from each pool then advance to the semi-finals. The winners in the semi-finals play for the championship. All matches are single-elimination games. The losing teams face off in classification games for third through tenth place.
The Ohio River Valley Conference is an IHSAA-sanctioned conference located in Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties. Formed in 1952, the conference has been fairly stable throughout its history, as five of the current seven members (or their precursors) are original members.
The ORVC traces its history to two conferences, the Southeastern Indiana and Laughery Valley. When the league began, half of its members came from the SEIC (Hanover, Rising Sun, Versailles). The first shakeup in conference membership came in the conference's second year, as North closed, and three LVC schools (Dillsboro, Moores Hill, Sunman) joined with one SEIC school (Vevay). This was followed by twenty years of stability, as while consolidations were happening in the area, the schools remained in the conference. Hanover and Osgood became Southwestern and Jac-Cen-Del, respectively, in 1960. Versailles became South Ripley in 1966, with Vevay changing to Switzerland County in 1968.
The 1970's were a different story, as the three Laughery Valley Schools that joined in 1953 would not survive to the end of the decade. Sunman was consolidated with North Dearborn in 1973, forming East Central. Dillsboro
The Russian Basketball Super League (Russian: Баскетбольная Cуперлига) is a men's professional basketball league that was the pre-eminent league of Russian professional basketball until 2010. Currently, it is the second-tier division of the Russian professional basketball pyramid.
The Super League was relegated to being the second-tier division of Russian basketball after the 2009–10 season, and was replaced with a different first-tier league, starting with the 2010–11 season.
The successor league to the Super League was not controlled by the Russian Basketball Federation, like the Super League is, but by a separate body named the Professional Basketball League (PBL).
From the 2010–11 season onwards, the Super League A and Super League B (the previous second division of the Russian basketball pyramid) divisions were united into a single league that serves as the second tier of Russian basketball. The 2010–11 season featured 11 clubs.
The Vortex Football League is a relatively new sport becoming a staple in many communities across Canada. The official league began play in 2008 and has plans to continue into at least 2010.
The 2000 millennium brought changes to our society in the sports universe. New leagues were created and disbanded (XFL) and previously successful leagues added and subtracted teams. The sport of football has also undergone an evolution into the twenty-first century. New types of football like Arena Football and the XFL style of play have become new ways for North Americans to enjoy a sport that they have loved for over 100 years.
With the NFL and CFL being regarded as the two most popular football leagues in Canada, a third league would bring hope to underrated players trying to make themselves known in a big market. This is where Willow Barker came into the picture.
The truth is, Barker liked both styles of football; American and Canadian. He enjoyed the high-impact plays and structure of the NFL but also enjoyed the excitement which the CFL was able to create by limiting the amount of downs and play clock a team had. To create his new sport, he would not only combine but also create rules
West Bank Premier League is one of the two top divisions of the Palestinian Football Federation. The other is the Gaza Strip League. Palestinian clubs have a rich history stretching back to the early 1930s but most teams folded due to the political turmoil that ensued. The League has existed in the West Bank since 1977 but due to the difficulties associated with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and internal feuding within the Palestinian Football Federation only seven seasons have been played in their entirety. Over the years, the format of the League has taken many different shapes. The league has been uninterrupted since 2008. The 2010-11 Season marked the creation of the first professional league in the territories and saw high profile signings for many clubs. Most notably Fadi Lafi (Hilal Al-Quds), Hernan Madrid (Wadi Al-Nes), and many Arab-Israelis who played for teams in the second and third tier of Israeli football.
The original format of the WBPL consisted of 12 teams playing each other twice over 22 matchdays, the bottom two clubs are relegated to the second division and the team with the most points are crowned champions. Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari won the inaugural
The Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (in English: Portuguese Basketball League) is the top men’s basketball league in Portugal. From the 2008-09 season onwards, the competition will be organized once again by the Federação Portuguesa de Basquetebol after 13 seasons. This was caused by the fold of the LCB, after many years of financial problems, which was a professional league. The league is now semi-professional. SL Benfica has been the dominant force since 2008, winning 58 of the 60 regular season games played by the team since the beginning of the 2008/2009 season and becoming champions for three times.
The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan Futbol Federasiyaları Assosiasiyası, AFFA) is the governing body of football in Azerbaijan. It organizes the Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijan Cup and the Azerbaijani national football team. It is based in Baku.
Companies that AFFA currently has official sponsorship deals with include:
The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of sixteen universities in the eastern half of the United States. The conference's 17 members (15 full-time and 2 associate member) participate in 24 NCAA sports. Eight of the seventeen conference schools are football members and the Big East competes as a BCS conference in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the top level of NCAA competition in that sport (also known by its former designation: Division I-A). Three members have football programs but are not Big East football schools: Georgetown and Villanova compete in the Football Championship Subdivision and Notre Dame plays as an FBS independent. The other five schools—Seton Hall, St. John's, DePaul, Marquette, and Providence—discontinued their football programs.
In football, the Big East has had all eight members play in bowl games since the 2005 realignment and has had seven of eight teams ranked in the Top 25 since 2003. In that time, the Big East has seen the emergence of new national players West Virginia rising to as high as No. 1 and was ranked in the Top 10 for three-straight years (2005, 2006, 2007) (South Florida rising as high as No.
The Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) was an early men's amateur hockey league founded in 1898, replacing the organization that was formerly the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada before the 1898–99 season. The league existed for seven seasons, folding in 1905 and was itself replaced by the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association. Formed because of a dispute between teams of the former league, it further developed the sport in its transition to professional, with a growing focus on revenues. The CAHL itself would fold over a dispute, leading to a new league.
The annual meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) was held in Montreal on December 10, 1898, and was reported as "a cataclysm in the hockey world."
At the previous year's meeting, the application of the Ottawa Capitals to join was declined. In 1898, the Capitals had won the intermediate championship and applied again for AHAC membership. The AHAC executive then voted in favor of admitting the Capitals for league membership. This led to the representatives of the Quebec, Montreal Victorias and Ottawa clubs opting to withdraw from the association. The representative of the Montreal Hockey Club asked
The Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League was a Tier II Junior "A" ice hockey that lasted from the late 1960s until 1977 in Southern Ontario, Canada. The league was swallowed by what is now called the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 1977.
In 1956 the traditional Big '10' League was divided, its Western Division became the Western Ontario Junior "B" Hockey League, and the Central Division became the Central Junior "B" Hockey League.
In the 1960s, the Western Junior "B" Hockey League was arguably the top league of Junior "B" hockey in Ontario. The Western's brass and the team owners felt that they should, as a whole, be promoted to Junior "A" status. In 1968 they pushed the issue with the Ontario Hockey Association. The OHA refused the promotion and in return the league declared itself renegade. Declaring themselves the Western Junior "A" Hockey League, the WOJAHL operated independently for the next two seasons.
After the 1969 playoffs, the WOJAHL champion St. Thomas Barons, starring future NHLer Ken Murray, faced off against future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke and the Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Hockey League to determine a National Champion outside
The Sun Belt Conference is a college athletic conference that has been affiliated with the NCAA's Division I since 1976. Originally a non-football conference, the Sun Belt began sponsoring football in 2001. Its football teams participate in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The 11 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed primarily across the southern United States.
The Sun Belt Conference was founded on August 4, 1976 with New Orleans, South Alabama, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Charlotte and South Florida. Over the next ten years the conference would add WKU, Old Dominion, UAB, and Virginia Commonwealth. Also, New Orleans was forced out of the league in 1980 due to its small on-campus gymnasium that the Conference did not deem suitable for Conference competition. UNO competed as an independent before joining the newly-formed American South Conference in 1987.
After the 1990–91 basketball season, all members of the Sun Belt except WKU, South Alabama, Jacksonville, and incoming member Arkansas–Little Rock departed for other conferences. The Sun Belt then merged with the American South Conference, made up of Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Southwestern
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, futsal and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States.
U.S. Soccer was originally known as the United States of America Football Association. It formed on April 5, 1913 and on August 15 of that year was accepted as one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA and the first from North and Central America. The affiliation was temporary and at the following year's FIFA Congress in 1914, the USFA, as it was abbreviated at the time, was accepted as a full FIFA member along with the Spanish federation. The governing body of the sport in the United States did not have the word soccer in its name until 1945, when it became the United States Soccer Football Association. It did not drop the word football from its name until 1974, when it became the United States Soccer Federation.
The most popular professional
The Atlantic Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. All teams, except the Raptors, are located on the East Coast of the United States.
The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference. The Atlantic Division began with four inaugural members, the Celtics, the Braves, the Knicks and the 76ers. The Celtics, the Knicks and the 76ers all joined from the Eastern Division.
The Celtics have won the most Atlantic Division titles with 21. The 76ers have won the second most titles with five. Eight NBA champions came from the Atlantic Division. The Celtics won six championships, while the Knicks and the 76ers won one championship each. All of them, except the 1972–73 Knicks, were division
The Northland Conference was an IHSAA-sanctioned conference in Northern Indiana. The conference formed in 1998 with six schools, and disbanded in 2008, after two schools left to join the Greater South Shore Conference.
The conference formed in 1998, when Westville left the Porter County Conference to join with four independents: Argos, Michigan City Marquette, Oregon-Davis and South Central (Union Mills), and River Forest, which previously competed in the defunct Northwest Hoosier Conference. South Central left for the Porter County Conference after the 2002-03 school year, and was replaced for the 2004-05 season by Elkhart Christian. The conference shrank to four members when Marquette and River Forest left to co-found the Greater South Shore Conference after the 2006-07 school year. Unable to find suitable replacements, the remaining schools decided to disband the conference after the 2007-08 school year.
The Basketball Bundesliga (English: Federal Basketball League) — commonly abbreviated BBL — is the highest level league of professional club basketball in Germany. The league comprises 18 teams. A BBL season is split into a league stage and a playoff stage. At the end of the league stage the top eight teams qualify for the playoff stage and the teams positioned 17th and 18th are relegated to a lower league. The playoffs are played in "Best of five" format. The winning team of the final round are the German Champions of that season.
Additionally to the league competition, all BBL teams compete for the German Cup (BBL-Cup). Teams playing in the second league (Pro A or Pro B) or in a lower Regionalliga are also eligible to participate. Always 3 knock-out rounds are played for the BBL-Cup. If more teams of the leagues below the BBL apply for participation than available places, additional qualification rounds are added for them. The final four remaining teams determine the rankings for bronze, silver and gold medals in knock-out matches termed the BBL-TOP4. The gold winning team is the German Cup winner.
In Germany a national basketball championship was first organised in 1939 and was
The Midland Conference was an IHSAA-sanctioned conference located in North Central and Northeast Indiana. A hiatus between 1981 and 1984 notwithstanding, the conference stayed between four and six members through its lifetime. The conference consisted mostly of private schools, with one public school and one military academy holding membership at some point.
The conference was formed in 1971 with 6 schools: Bethany Christian, Divine Heart, Huntington Catholic, Kewanna, Wawasee Prep, and White's. Divine Child left after the first year, and was replaced by Marion Bennett in 1973-74. Wawassee Prep closed in 1975, leaving the conference at 5 until 1981. That year, Kewanna was consolidated into Caston Jr.-Sr. High School, and Bethany Christian became independent. The remaining schools (Huntington Catholic, Marion Bennett, and White's) put the conference on hiatus until 1984-85, when Fort Wayne Christian (later Fort Wayne Keystone) and Howe Military joined. This only lasted one season, as Fort Wayne Canterbury replaced the closing Huntington Catholic. Bethany Christian joined for the 1987-88 school year, and were replaced by Lakeview Christian in 1988. Once Marion Bennett closed in 1993,
Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) is the continental governing body for the sport of volleyball in Asia.
The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) was established on May 6th, 1952, and since then AVC has become one of the largest continental volleyball associations in the world, with its member federations increasing to 65 from only 12 at the time of its set-up.
The first concept of the AVC was launched by the initiative of the late Mr. Nishikawa of Japan on April 1952, and on May 6th of the same year, AVC was officially established with 12 countries participating. The major tasks of AVC at the time were the organization of the Asian Volleyball Championships and the Volleyball Tournaments at the Asian Games.
In 1962, AVC was renamed the Asian Volleyball Federation (AVF) with 20 affiliated national federations after the FIVB Congress held in September 1961 decided to establish the continental zone committee.
The first Congress of the Asian sport Committee (ASC) was held in Tokyo with 22 national federations on October 8th 1964 and Mr. Nishikawa was elected Chairman of the ASC. Due to the revisions of the FIVB Constitution, the ASC was renamed as the Asian Volleyball Confederation.
The Bendigo Football League is an Australian rules football competition based in the Bendigo region of Victoria, Australia.
Formed in 1880, it is one of the oldest football leagues in Australia, and among its members are some of the oldest football clubs in Australia, including the Castlemaine Football Club, acknowledged as the second oldest football club in Australia and one of the oldest football clubs in the world.
The Central States Football League (CSFL) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Oklahoma and Texas and compete only in football. The conference was established in 2000 and its charter members included Haskell Indian Nations University, Langston University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and Peru State College.
Northwestern and Southern Nazarene are leaving for the newly formed NCAA Division II conference, the Great American Conference, in 2012.
The England Hockey League (EHL) is a national hockey league run by England Hockey. It is the top of the English field hockey league system. The men's league is without a sponsor and is simply known as the England Hockey League, and the women's league is sponsored by Investec and is known as the Investec Women's Hockey League.
The EHL league structure was altered for the 2008/2009 season, with the aim of promoting appropriate competition for the teams involved whilst reducing the overheads incurred by teams having to travel long distances. There is now only one national league, the Premier league, which is fed by three "Conference" leagues, split into North, West and East regions.
Previously there was a national Premier and national Division One league, which had players fed into it by a North league and South league.
The above league structure is identical for men and women's hockey.
The EHL takes new teams into the National North/West/East leagues from separately run regional hockey associations, such as the North Hockey Association. These associations run a multiple-division league structure of their own, and are in turn fed by teams from county or sub-regional hockey
The Junior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 13, 14, and 15 years old. The tournament is held annually at Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan. It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball.
The Junior League World Series is one of eleven tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions. The tournament structure for each division's World Series is similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.
The tournament started in 1981. Unlike the Little League World Series — which has sixteen regions (eight in the U.S. and eight international) — the Junior League World Series has only ten regions. The ten regional champions are divided into two pools (USA and International). The two best teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals, to determine the US champion and the International champion. The semi-final winners play for the championship. All matches are double elimination games. The losing teams face off in classification games.
Originally only US teams played in
The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) (Russian: Континентальная хоккейная лига, Kontinental'naya khokkeynaya liga) is an international professional ice hockey league in Eurasia founded in 2008. It is commonly considered to be the strongest hockey league in Europe, and the second-best in the world.
The league was formed in 2008, from a predecessor organization, the Russian Superleague (RSL). The KHL began its operations with 24 teams. After minor changes in the composition of the Russian teams and even a reduction to 23 teams for two seasons, the league expanded to 26 teams for the 2012–13 season: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl returned after missing last season due to the air disaster in 2011, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia and HC Donbass from Donetsk, Ukraine joined the league, while Lev Poprad were replaced by Lev Praha, a team with the same name, but based in Prague, Czech Republic. Thus, for the first time, the league consists of 26 teams, of which 20 are based in Russia and 6 more are located in Belarus, Czech Republic, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and Ukraine.
The winner of the 16-team playoff after the end of the regular season is awarded the Gagarin Cup, named after the first man to
The Tasmanian Football League (TFL), also known as the Tasmanian State League (TSL) (formerly known as the Tasmanian Australian National Football League (TANFL) and several other short-term names) is the highest ranked Australian rules football league in Tasmania, Australia.
The league has a long and convoluted history which dates back to its founding on 12 June 1879 (giving it some claim to the title of the third oldest club football league in the world), but the name TFL (also the state's football governing body) was removed after it was liquidated with crushing debts in February 1999 and replaced by an independent commission (Football Tasmania) and the competition was renamed the Tasmanian State Football League (1999) and the SWL (2000) until the number of clubs in financial difficulty made the league unsustainable and it collapsed in December 2000.
After long negotiations and discussions it was reinstated as a ten club competition in 2009.
The League is commercially known as the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League under a naming-rights sponsorship agreement with Wrest Point Casino in Hobart.
In 1944 TANFL directors met to discuss restructuring of the league which was scheduled
Nippon Professional Baseball or NPB is the highest level of baseball in Japan. Locally, it is often called Puro Yakyū (プロ野球), meaning Professional Baseball. Outside of Japan, it is often just referred to as "Japanese baseball." The roots of the league can be traced back to the formation of the "Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club" (大日本東京野球倶楽部, Dai-Nippon Tōkyō Yakyū Kurabu) in 1934 and the original Japanese Baseball League. NPB was formed when that league reorganized in 1950.
The league consists of two six-team circuits, the Central League and the Pacific League. Each season the winning clubs from the two leagues compete in the Japan Series, the championship series of NPB.
Some notable Japanese players who have gone on to play in North America's Major League Baseball include Norichika Aoki, Yu Darvish, Hideo Nomo, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Tadahito Iguchi, Kenji Johjima, Hideki Matsui, So Taguchi, Hideki Irabu, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Kazuo Matsui, Kazuhito Tadano, Hiroki Kuroda, Akinori Iwamura, Akinori Otsuka, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Kosuke Fukudome, Koji Uehara, Kenshin Kawakami, Takashi Saito, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
Nippon Professional Baseball
Basketball Ireland (BI) is the National Governing Body for Basketball in Ireland. The association has responsibility for the promotion, development and administration of all basketball activities in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Despite not having the profile of the four major games (Gaelic football, Association football, hurling and rugby), basketball is Ireland's third largest sport in participation terms with over 180,000 people actively playing. Numbers playing have increased from 120,000 since 1999. Almost 300 clubs cater for basketball players around the country, with approximately 1,200 teams participating in local competitions at a variety of levels.
Basketball Ireland is responsible for the administration of the top league in Ireland, the Superleague. Currently, for the 2009–10 season, there are 10 men's Superleague teams and 8 women's teams.
In early 2010 it was announced that Basketball Ireland's finances were in turmoil. The governing body is apparently €1.4 million in debt causing the scrapping of the senior national teams due to lack of funds. The problems have been attributed to mis-management, accountancy errors and the recession. This has caused huge
AFL Quebec is a 9-a-side Australian Football competition formerly known as the Eastern Canadian Australian Football League or ECAFL. The league consists of teams predominantly from Montréal and its surrounding areas. Players from the current regular season teams (the Old Montréal Dockers, Laval Bombers, Montréal Demons, West Island Eagles) are eligible for selection in the league's 18-a-side representative team the Québec Saints. The Saints previously participated in the OAFL Division 2 competition from 2008-10.
The league began on October 4, 2008. After competing in the Toronto-based OAFL 'Rec' footy league, the Québec Saints divided their squad into two smaller teams in order to create a locally based 9-a-side competition. The game is played on reduced size football fields (usually Rugby or Soccer fields) and in general is around 100 metres in length. The first match between the Montréal Saints and Laval Bombers was played at Parc Cartier in Laval. The Bombers claimed victory by 8 points.
In 2009 the ECAFL regular season was contested by two teams and consisted of 7 rounds. The team that finished with the best regular season record earned the right to challenge if they lost the
American Indoor Football is a professional indoor football league that has gone through various incarnations since 2005.
The AIFL began as a regional league with six franchises on the East Coast of the United States in 2005; after a rapid, and largely failed, expansion effort in 2006, most of the league's remaining teams jumped to the new AIFA (the rest joined the short-lived WIFL). The AIFA expanded throughout existing territory and, in 2008, expanded into the Western United States. The league legally divided into two entities to allow for a partial merger with the Southern Indoor Football League, which resulted in all of its Eastern teams merging into the SIFL and the AIFA only maintaining its western teams. The league's western component, which remained separate of the merger, had indicated it would play as the AIFA West for the 2011 season but ceased operations January 2011. The league announced it would be relaunching as American Indoor Football in time for spring 2012.
The last market with a direct connection to the original AIFL was Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie's team, the Explosion, joined other regional leagues when the SIFL disbanded after the 2011 season.
The league has its
The Mallee Football League (MFL) is an Australian rules football competition in South Australia. The league comprises teams located in south eastern South Australia and one team (Murrayville) located in western Victoria.
The football season usually starts after Easter and ends in early September. The local newspaper The Border Times has extensive coverage of each week's results of the MFL. Coverage is also provided on WIN SA during the season. During the Queens Holiday Weekend, the MFL selects a team to represent the Mallee against the Riverland. It has become a recent tradition and draws a fair crowd every year. The league's Best & Fairest award is called the Mail Medal. Prominent players to play at a higher level include Nathan D. Brown (Melbourne FC, Australian Football League), Trent Sporn (Carlton FC), Martin Mattner (Adelaide FC) and Rodney Maynard (Adelaide FC, AFL).
Located in Tintinara and Coonalpyn, the Crows have been in the MFL since 2001. The BDT FC was formed after the Border Downs and the Tintinara clubs merged. Before the Mallee Football League BDT was part of the River Murray Football League. BDT and Karoonda are the only teams in the league to not be on the Mallee
The Turkish Ice Hockey First League (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi 1. Ligi) is the second highest level of ice hockey in Turkey, after the Turkish Ice Hockey Super League. It is operated under the jurisdiction of the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The clubs to play in the 2007-2008 season are listed below, alongside their home towns.
Iraqi Premier League (Arabic: دوري النخبة العراقي, Dawri Al-Nokhba) is the highest league in the league system of Iraqi football and currently contains the top 20 Iraqi football clubs. It is translated into English as "The Premier League". It was founded in 1974 and is controlled by the Iraq Football Federation.
Prior to 1974, the league contained only Baghdad based teams. The league was named League of the Institutes and began its first season in 1962. During its 11 years, the Baghdad league was dominated by the Al-Shorta club as it won over half of the championships.
Since the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi league has made some dramatic changes. The league now starts in October and ends in July. Unlike the upper division of most countries' football leagues, Iraq's first league are split into 3 groups as planned in the beginning of the season. But by February 15, 2007, the league split the Baghdad group into two groups since teams could not coordinate games due to violence in the capital. In the first postwar year, the league split 28 teams into 4 groups of seven, based on region: North, South, and 2 Baghdad groups. In the 2006 - 2007 season, the league shrunk to
The PGA European Tour is an organization which operates the three leading men's professional golf tours in Europe: the elite European Tour, the European Seniors Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe and is second to the United States-based PGA Tour in worldwide prestige. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers' Association, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984. Most events on the PGA European Tour's three tours are held in Europe, but in recent years an increasing number have been held in other parts of the world outside of North America.
The PGA European Tour is a golfer-controlled organisation whose primary purpose is to maximise the income of tournament golfers. It is a company limited by guarantee and is run by a professional staff but controlled by its playing members via a board of directors composed of 12 elected past and present tour players and a tournament committee of 14 current players. As of 2007, the chairman of the board is Neil Coles and the
The Central Basketball League was an early regional professional or semi-pro basketball league based in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The league disbanded on November 12, 1912 after playing a few exhibition games. Joseph "Joe" Meech Leithead served as Secretary prior to 1908 and President of the League for four years 1908-1912. Previously, Leithead was coach and captain of the Pittsburgh's South Side team from 1899-1907. "Joe Leithead Retires from the Floor Game" 10/20/43 Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph article by Harry Keck (sports editor) "Low Score Basketball Games Recalled by Vets' Reunion - Joe Leithead Honor Guest".
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) is Division I ACHA club level hockey-college athletic conference. The CSCHL is in its 39th season of existence and is one of the top ranked ACHA leagues. It currently has 6 member teams in the Midwestern United States.
League teams play a 20-game league schedule, plus additional regular seson games against non-league opponents. Following the regular season, the league holds a Championship Tournament. The CSCHL Regular Season champion team is awarded an automatic bid to the annual ACHA Men's Division I National Tournament.
The league began in 1970 with Iowa State University being one of the founding members. The University of Illinois joined shortly after in 1974. The league saw great expansion in the early 1990s when the University of Michigan-Dearborn joined after operating as an NAIA varsity program. Ohio University followed in 1993 and Kent State University joined in 1994 after the university dropped NCAA hockey. Following the 2003 season, UW-Whitewater departed & dropped down to play ACHA D2. In 2004, Robert Morris University-Illinois joined the league, followed by Lindenwood University in 2006. After the 2008 season, Saint
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia) is the governing body for football in Malaysia, responsible for organising the Malaysian national football team and the major football and futsal tournaments within the country. The Football Association of Malaysia main headquarters is located at Wisma FAM.
Football arrived in Malaya with the British. The locals soon picked up the game, and before long it was the country's leading sport. Towards the end of the nineenth century, football was one of the central pillars of most sports clubs in Malaya. But it was not structured. Even when the Selangor Amateur Football League took shape in 1905 – which ensured proper administration and organisation – the competition was confined only to clubs in the Kuala Lumpur area.
In 1921, a national tournament featuring all the states that made up Malaya was started. The competition, known as the HMS Malaya Cup (later renamed the Malaysia Cup in 1963), has been continuously since then, except during the war years.
In 1926 the Selangor Amateur Football League was established, and in 1936 the Football Association of Selangor was formed. While the Selangor FA was moving
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket championship in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla, who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the cricketing world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.
In 2010, IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube. Its brand value is estimated to be around US$2.99 billion in fifth season. However, the league has been engulfed by series of corruption scandals where allegations of cricket betting, money laundering and spot fixing were witnessed.
The Premier League is generally considered to be the world's showcase for Twenty20 cricket, a shorter format of cricket consisting only 20 overs. Top Indian and international players take part in IPL, contributing to what is the world's "richest cricket tournament".
The inaugural season of the tournament started on 18 April 2008 and lasted for 46 days with 59 matches scheduled, out
The Libyan Football Federation (Arabic: الاتحاد الليبي لكرة القدم) (LFF) is the governing body of football in Libya. It was founded in 1962, affiliated to FIFA in 1963 and to CAF in 1965. It organizes the national football league and the national team.
During the 2011 Libyan civil war, the football team continued to play, completing their 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Mozambique behind closed doors on neutral territory in Cairo. Libya wore a white kit and appeared under the National Transitional Council's flag of red, green and black.
The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is an Australian rules football league based in Perth, Western Australia. The WAFL is the second-most popular league in the state, behind the nation-wide Australian Football League (AFL). The league currently consists of nine teams, which play each other in a 24-round season usually lasting from March to September, with the top four teams playing off in a finals series, culminating in a Grand Final. The league also runs reserves and colts (under-19) competitions.
The WAFL was founded in 1885 as the West Australian Football Association (WAFA), and has undergone a variety of name changes since then, re-adopting its current name in 2001. For most of its existence, the league was considered one of the tradition "big three" Australian rules football leagues, along with the Victorian Football League (VFL) and South Australian National Football League (SANFL). However, since the introduction of two Western Australia-based clubs into the VFL (later renamed the Australian Football League) – the West Coast Eagles in 1987 and the Fremantle Football Club in 1995 – the popularity and standard of the league has decreased to the point where it is
Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was a top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.
On January 30, 2012, the league announced suspension of the 2012 season, citing several internal organization struggles as the primary cause. Some of these issues included an ongoing legal battle with magicJack owner Dan Borislow and the lack of resources invested into the league. On May 18, 2012 WPS announced the league folded and won't return in 2013.
After the folding of Women's United Soccer Association, which played its third and final full season in 2003, WUSA Reorganization Committee was formed in September of that year. The committee led to the founding in November 2004 of the non-profit organization, Women's Soccer Initiative, Inc. (WSII), whose stated goal was "promoting and supporting all aspects of women's soccer in the United States", including the founding of a new professional league. Attempts
The Allen County Athletic Conference (ACAC) is an eight-member Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) conference. Although its name implies that it is only in Allen County, it involves schools from Adams, De Kalb, and Wells counties as well.
The Allen County Athletic Conference (ACAC) began with eight schools from Adams (Adams Central), Allen (Carroll, Heritage, Leo, Woodlan), DeKalb (Eastside), Wells (Norwell), and Whitley (Churubusco) Counties. The conference went to a two division format in 1971 with the addition of Homestead and Southern Wells, new schools formed by consolidation. That format ended in 1975, and since then the conference has been between seven and nine teams, with the current lineup's only change since 1989 being the addition of Garrett in 2005.
The Central Football League is a Minor League football organization based out of Oklahoma. The league started play in 1999 it currently has teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Season begins March 6, 2010.
The 2009 CFL Championship was held in Tulsa, OK may 30, 2009. The Joplin Crusaders defeated the Enid Enforcers 20-15 for their fifth CFL championship.
The 2008 CFL Championship was played on May 17, 2008 in Tulsa, OK. The team with the better record was the home team. The Joplin Crusaders defeated the Oklahoma Outlawz 18-6.
2008 All Star Game
The 2008 All-Star Game will be played in Tulsa (hosted by the Oklahoma Knights) on May 31, 2008.
The 2007 CFL Season had a total of 12 teams take the field. The league broke into two divisions the Elite 12 North and South.
The Championship game was held April 19, in Panama, Oklahoma at the River Valley Buccaneers home field. Where the Joplin Crusaders (North) beat the North Texas Falcons (South) 38-21
2007 All Star Game
The 2007 season of the CFL-Elite 12 wrapped up Saturday, June 2, with the All-Star Game, hosted by the Midwest City Force. 50-55 players converged on
The Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA) was a men's amateur, later professional ice hockey league in Canada that played four seasons. It was founded on December 11, 1905 with six clubs: four from the Canadian Amateur Hockey League and two from the Federal Amateur Hockey League(FAHL), to bring together the top teams of both leagues. It was formed to enhance the revenues of a now popular spectator sport and help it cope in Canada with professionalism in the sport. The league would shed its amateur status for the 1908 season, leading to the split between Canadian amateur ice hockey teams playing for the Allan Cup, and the professionals playing for the Stanley Cup. The league would itself dissolve in 1909 over a dispute between team owners over business issues, and the emergence of the Renfrew Millionaires.
The CAHL held its regular meeting on December 9, 1905. At that meeting it was decided that amalgamation with the FAHL should be attempted. On December 11, it was announced that the amalgamation would form a new league, the ECAHA. The CAHL was discontinued, but the FAHL would continue. The first executive was elected:
However on December 20, the vice-president titles
The Eastern League (イースタン・リーグ) is one of the two minor leagues of Japanese professional baseball. The league is owned and managed by the Central League.
The league was created in 1955, and contained the minor league teams of the seven professional teams that had their homefields in the Eastern region of Japan. The original teams in the league were, the Yomiuri Giants, Kokutetsu Swallows, Taiyo Whales, Toei Flyers, Daiei Unions, Mainichi Orions, and Takahashi Unions.
The league was dissolved from 1956-1961, but was restarted in 1962 with five teams. The Seibu Lions minor league affiliate joined the league in 1979, and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles did the same in 2005.
The league contains the minor league affiliates of seven Japanese professional teams (minor league homefield shown in parentheses):
Most of the Japanese minor league teams carry the same name, and use the same uniforms as their parent team, with the exception of the Yokohama BayStars (Shonan Searex), and Orix Buffaloes (Surpass) minor league teams. Saitama Seibu Lion's minor team name depends on the sponsored company, but they will use the professional team name in 2008 since the previous company's (Goodwill)
The Florida State League is a Class A-Advanced minor league baseball league operating in the state of Florida. They are one of three leagues currently operating in Class A-Advanced, the third highest of six classifications of minor leagues. Each team in the league is affiliated with a Major League Baseball team, and most play in their affiliate's spring training facility.
The league was founded in 1919, and has continued almost entirely uninterrupted to the present day. Most players in the Florida State League do not reach this level until their third or fourth year of professional play. Attendance averages around 500–1,000 per game.
The league originated in 1919 with teams in Bartow, Bradenton, Lakeland, Orlando, Sanford, and Tampa, Florida. The league closed down in 1928 and resumed play in 1936. It has continued uninterrupted, except for a four-year (1942–1945) suspension during World War II.
The league was realigned following the 2008 season, and is currently divided into two divisions: North and South. The twelve member teams play a 140 game schedule with 70 games at home and 70 games on the road (20 against geographically closest division opponent, 18 against each of the
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is the governing body of football in Jamaica and is in charge of the Jamaican national team and the Jamaican National Premier League.
According to records available football is introduced in Jamaica towards the end of the 19th century and 1893 is listed as the year Jamaica formed its first football club. Jamaica's first international appearance was against their Caribbean neighbors Haiti in 1925. They were invited to the French-speaking Caribbean island by Andre Chevalon, president of the then United Sporting Society and it was for a three-match series between the two countries. Jamaica won all three games by 1-0, 2-1 and 3-0. The following year Jamaica hosted their Haitian counterparts at Sabina Park and won by 6-0. The Haitians remained frequent opponents and it was not until 1932 that their run of defeats was broken with a 4-1 home win in Port-au-Prince.
Between 1925 and when Jamaica gained its independence in 1962, Jamaica had regular games with Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba and clubs like Racing and Violette from Haiti, Corinthians of Britain, the Tigers from Argentina, and even a series of matches with a Caribbean All Stars team in
The Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (National Professional Basketball league) (LNBP) is the top professional basketball league in Mexico. The league was founded in 2000 with 11 teams, expanding to 24 as of 2008. Despite its short history, in contrast with other national leagues, the LNBP has established itself as one of the most important basketball leagues in Latin America.
Famous basketball players who have played in the league include Jamario Moon, Dennis Rodman, Sun Ming Ming, Horacio Llamas and many others.
Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Río (San Juan del Rio Red Eagles) San Juan del Rio
The Copa Independencia (Independence Cup) was a pre-season tournament created by the LNBP.
The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), formerly known as the National Indoor Soccer League, is an indoor soccer league which began play in 2008. It is the third league to be known as the Major Indoor Soccer League. Originally, five teams had been announced to play in the inaugural season; four who were in the previous Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League. However, the Orlando Sharks (formerly of the MISL) were forced to go inactive because of scheduling conflicts with Amway Arena. Later, the Massachusetts Twisters were brought in from the AISL to take the Sharks' place. The MISL is the top-tier indoor soccer league in the USA.
The NISL was one of three leagues that organized in late 2008 after the demise of the second MISL; the other two being the PASL-Pro (an offshoot of the Premier Arena Soccer League) and the Xtreme Soccer League. The NISL and the XSL were more closely related, with both leagues first announcing four former MISL teams respectively and using the same game rules as the MISL.
In early July 2009, the XSL announced they were going on a one-year hiatus due to a lack of monetary backing which left the NISL as the highest
The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players from North America and beyond. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility.
Teams are run similar to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions, using wooden bats and minor league specification baseballs. Teams play 70 games scheduled over a 76-day season running from early June to mid-August. The season itself is broken into two halves, with the winners of each half in each of the two divisions meeting first in a playoff to determine a divisional champion. The divisional champions then meet in a playoff for the league championship.
The Northwoods League has more teams, draws more fans and plays more games than any other Summer Collegiate Baseball League. Many of the teams in the league play in ballparks formerly occupied by professional clubs from the Midwest League, Prairie League and the Northern League. The wooden bat circuit allows communities deemed too small for pro ball to continue to enjoy high quality,
The Philadelphia Collegiate Roller Hockey League (PCRHL) is an intra collegiate level roller hockey organization, operating in and around the greater Philadelphia area since 1998. The league operates with loose affiliation to the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA) parent league, which itself operates under the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA).
The origin of the PCRHL can be traced to two neighboring colleges' (University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University) participation in a men's roller hockey league in 1997, run out of the Philadelphia Sports Zone at G and Erie, in Philadelphia. Noting the collegiate alliance, the eventual inaugural PCRHL Coordinator, Brendan Brennan, organized a tournament in the spring of 1998, held in the melted "Class of '23" ice rink on Penn's campus. While many schools were solicited, leading to the eventual creation of the ECRHA, six schools participated in the "Class of '23" tournament: University of Pennsylvania (host), Drexel University, The Wharton School of Business at Penn, University of Delaware, Beaver College, and Pennsylvania State University. The University of Delaware defeated the Penn State in the
The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) is the governing body of football in the island state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was founded in 1979 but only gained ascension into FIFA in 1988. Currently based in Kingstown, it oversees all aspects of football in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines including the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national football team and the NLA Premier League.
The South Australian National Football League (SANFL) is an Australian rules football league based in the Australian state of South Australia. It is also the governing body for the sport of Australian rules football in South Australia.
Originally formed as the South Australian Football Association on 30 April 1877, the SANFL is the oldest surviving football league of any code in Australia and one of the oldest football competitions in the world, forming just a few years after the United Hospitals Challenge Cup (1874), the oldest rugby football competition, and over a decade before The Football League (soccer).
Consisting of a single division competition, the season is a 23 week "home-and-away" (regular) season from April to September. The top five teams play off in a final series culminating in the grand final for the Thomas Seymour Hill Premiership Trophy. The grand final is held at Football Park in October, generally the week after the AFL Grand Final.
The league also owns the sub-licences for South Australia's two AFL clubs - Adelaide Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club. It is also responsible for the management of all levels of football in the state. This includes
Super League was an Australian rugby league football administrative body that conducted professional competition in Australasia for one season in 1997. Along with Super League of Europe, it was created by News Corporation during the Super League war which arose following an unsuccessful attempt to purchase the pay television rights to rugby league in Australia. After two years of legal battles the competition was played for a single season in 1997 alongside the rival Australian Rugby League (ARL) competition before the two merged in 1998 to form the National Rugby League (NRL).
The domestic competition was competed by ten clubs: eight that had previously competed in the Australian Rugby League, and two new teams. The teams were the Adelaide Rams, the Auckland Warriors (now the New Zealand Warriors), the Brisbane Broncos, the Canberra Raiders, the Canterbury Bulldogs (now the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, the Hunter Mariners, the North Queensland Cowboys, the Western Reds, and the Penrith Panthers.
The Telstra Cup was a ten team competition held over 18 rounds. The season was dominated by the minor premiers, the Brisbane Broncos, who won 14 of their
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) (English: International Cycling Union) is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle, Switzerland.
The UCI issues racing licenses to riders and enforces disciplinary rules, such as in matters of doping. The UCI also manages the classification of races and the points ranking system in various cycling disciplines including mountain biking, road and track cycling, for both men and women, amateur and professional. It also oversees the World Championships.
The UCI was founded on 14 April 1900 in Paris by the national cycling organisations of Belgium, the United States, France, Italy, and Switzerland. It replaced the International Cycling Association by setting up in opposition in a row over whether Great Britain should be allowed just one team at world championships or separate teams representing Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Britain found itself outflanked and it was not able to join the UCI - under the conditions the UCI had imposed - until 1903.
There were originally 30 countries affiliated to the union. They did not have equal voting power and some had no vote at all.
The United States Football Alliance (USFA) is a full contact outdoor semi-pro minor league American football league, based in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The league was established in 2005 by Randy Goodnight and has been in continuous operation every year. The USFA has active teams in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan. Each year the USFA seeks to expand its region of play and bring in quality teams to expand the league.
Danial Marshall - Danial Marshall spent the first 8 years of his adult life in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer where he fought his way up the ranks to become a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). During his time in the military he attended many leadership schools and was assigned to units such as Ranger Battalion and the 82nd Airborne Division. After leaving the military due to a disability he searched for another "love" to fill his life. This was Semi-Pro football. He began as a player, but since the travel was too demanding, he started his own team with a fellow teammate. After successfully founding and operating a Semi-Pro team he felt that it would be a good decision to assist the United States Football Alliance on the Executive Board. Danial
Australian Rules Football has been played on an organised basis in Wales since 2007, with the league and representative teams run and managed by the Welsh Australian Rules Football League (WARFL) who is the controlling body of the sport in the country. All six senior teams in the WARFL are named after clubs in the South Australian National Football League.
Australian rules football was first played in Wales in 1944 when the 462 Squadron played against the second Sunderland Squadron formed teams based on State of Origin (Victoria vs Western Australia) to play a match at Pembroke Dock.
However in recent times regular competition began with the formation of Aussie Rules Wales on 1 September 2006 by Bryce Stone who comes from Adelaide in South Australia and has recent Welsh heritage. Three teams were formed in 2007 being Cardiff Double Blues, South Cardiff Panthers and Swansea Magpies and competed in a 9-a-side format with modified rules in the Welsh division (WAFL) of the ARUK National league. Also the Swindon Devils from England's West Country competed as a guest fourth side. The season concluded with the Swindon Devils defeating South Cardiff by 71 points to win the inaugural (and
The Western Indiana Conference is the name of two IHSAA-sanctioned conferences based in West Central Indiana. The first formed as an eight-team league that formed as a basketball league in 1944 as the West Central Conference. The league started expanding in 1945 and changed its name to the WIC. With consolidation forcing many membership changes in the 1970's (including all of its Terre Haute public schools), the conference dwindled to four members in 1977, and folded in 1983.
The second incarnation started in 1999, including four previous members (or their current incarnations) from the old conference, and three other schools from South Central Indiana. Its only changes in membership were in football, where South Vermillion played independently for the 2007 and 2008 seasons before rejoining the conference.