NAIA National Football Championship


NAIA National Football Championship

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Football Championship is decided by a post-season playoff system featuring the best NAIA college football teams in the United States. Under sponsorship of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the championship game has been played annually since 1956.Citation
title = NAIA Football Championship History
publisher = National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
url = http://naia.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/naia/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2006FBChampHistory
accessdate = 2008-04-07
] In 1970, NAIA football was divided into two divisions, Division I and Division II, with a championship game played in each division. In 1997, NAIA football was again consolidated into one division. The game is now played in Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee at Jim Carroll Stadium. Barron Stadium, in Rome, Georgia will be the host for the 2008 and 2009 games. [cite web
title = 2008 NAIA Football Championship Series
url = http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080906aaa.html
accessdate = 2008-04-07
]

Champions by year

Over the years, the NAIA championship games were played under a variety of names:
*Aluminum Bowl (1956)
*Holiday Bowl (1957-1960, not to be confused with the NCAA Division I bowl of the same name)
*Camellia Bowl (1961-1963)
*Championship Bowl (1964-1976 and 1980-1996, Division I games only)
*Apple Bowl (1977, Division I game only)
*Palm Bowl (1978-1979, Division I games only)

1 Game ended in a tie and teams are co champions.

2 Pacific Lutheran (WA) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point played to a 16-16 tie in the championship game. Wisconsin-Stevens Point forfeited its entire 1987 schedule because of the use of an ineligible student-athlete. Pacific Lutheran is considered a co-champion with the other position vacated.

Most National Championships

References

ee also

*NAIA Football Player of the Year Award
*NCAA Division I FBS National Football Championship
*NCAA Division I Football Championship
*NCAA Division I FCS Consensus Mid-Major Football National Championship
*NCAA Division II National Football Championship
*NCAA Division III National Football Championship
*NJCAA National Football Championship

External links

* [http://naia.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/naia-m-footbl-body.html NAIA football page]


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