English Basketball League
EBL logo feauring the England Basketball logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 2003
Number of teams 12
Country England
Current champions Bristol Flyers
Official website EB.co.uk

The English Basketball League (EBL) is a semi-professional and amateur basketball league in England. It forms the second-tier of competition below the professional British Basketball League.

The EBL was established in 2003 by England Basketball to replace the former National Basketball League, and currently operates several men's and women's leagues in the British basketball pyramid, which is headed by Division 1. This is effectively seen as the second tier of men's basketball in the United Kingdom, along with the less celebrated Scottish Basketball League.

There are numerous leagues underneath the Division 1 men's and women's leagues. With the lower leagues operating on a regionalised basis.

Beneath the men's and women's national leagues is a junior structure for both male and female with leagues for under 18s, 16s, 15s, 14s, 13s. The England Basketball website contains all the relevant information

There is no promotion and relegation between the EBL and the British Basketball League, which operates a franchise system. Despite this, many teams have in recent years made the step from EBL to the BBL looking for greater competition and more exposure.

Senior Competitions

English Basketball League - The men's competition is currently divided into four divisions, with Division 3 having two regional sections and Division 4 further divided into four regions. The women's competition is divided into two divisions, with Division 2 further divided into three regions.

EBL Trophy - played for by all men's Division 1 teams. The teams play a round-robin competition followed by knock-out rounds.

Patrons Cup - played for by all men's Division 2 teams on a similar basis to the EBL Trophy.

National Cup - Open to all EBL teams and played on a straight knockout format at club venues with the final being held at a neutral venue. The 2009/10 finals were staged at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

National Shield - Open to all Men's teams in EBL Divisions 3 & 4 and run on a straight knock-out format with the final held at a neutral venue. Birmingham Mets won the 2010/11, 86-83, against Portsmouth City Smugglers at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.

The Play-offs - The top eight teams in each division compete for the season's final showdown and silverware. The top four teams have home advantage against the lower placed sides in the quarter-final (1st v 8th, 2nd v 7th, 3rd v 6th & 4th v 5th). In men's and women's Division 1, the semi-finals and final are held at a neutral venue in a Final Fours weekend. The lower divisions have only the final at a neutral venue.

National Founders Cup - A round-robin competition organised on a national basis specifically for non-EBL clubs, i.e. amateur clubs who have not entered the national leagues.

Teams

Men's Division 1

Men's Division 1 team line-up for the 2011-12 season.

Men's Division 2

Men's Division 2 team line-up for the 2011-12 season.

Men's Division 3

Men's Division 3 teams for the 2011-12 Season. North

South

Men's Division 4

Men's Division 4 teams for the 2011-12 Season.

North

Midlands

South

Women's Division 1

Women's Division 1 team line-up for the 2011-12 season.

Other club's websites

See also

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