Erie Hosting National Club Football Playoffs | Sports Destination Management

Erie Hosting National Club Football Playoffs

Nov 16, 2017

The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that the National Club Football Association (NCFA) will host a conference playoff game for the second consecutive year at Prep-Villa’s Dollinger Field on Saturday, November 18.

The game will pit the champion of the North Atlantic Conference, Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.) against Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.) the Great Lakes Conference champion. The winner will earn a spot in the 2017 NCFA National Championship Bowl Game in Wheeling, W.Va.

Oakland returns to Erie and the NCFA Playoffs in 2017 after winning the 2016 NCFA National Championship.

The NCFA is the only intercollegiate club tackle football league sanctioned by CollClubSports in the United States. The organization provides collegiate student-athletes the opportunity to play competitive, organized tackle football while in college.

The NCFA first moved to a playoff format in 2015. That playoff format saw the four conference champions head to a single neutral site, and opponents selected by seed. Member teams decided on the current NCFA Playoff format, with sites and matchups determined in advance.

“Last year we had great success hosting our playoffs in Erie for the first time, and it just made sense to bring it back to Erie and continue working with the Erie Sports Commission,” said Sandy Sanderson, President and CEO of CollClubSports. “We’ve created a really exciting playoff structure for these student-athletes, giving them a chance to showcase their talents on a national stage, and we’re excited to bring that back to Erie.”

“We were thrilled to hear that CollClubSports was coming back this year, as it’s a perfect fit for Erie,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The Erie Sports Commission is always looking to bring back great events that drive tourism in our community. This event just solidifies Erie’s love for the sport of football, and adds a great event to the calendar.”

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The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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