About the NPSFL
In 1996, law enforcement representatives from throughout the country held a meeting in St. Louis, MO. with the purpose of forming an organization dedicated to raising social awareness and to developing cohesion with other agencies through spirited contact sport. As a result, the National Law Enforcement Football League (N.L.E.F.L.) was formed. The leagues first season was spring of 1997. Its mission of developing cohesion was met, yet the league was vastly under-funded.
Undaunted by the lack of financial support, the league expanded in 1998 to allow participation from firefighters, and emergency medical personnel. As a result, the league was renamed the National Public Safety Football League, (N.P.S.F.L.). During the 1998 regular season the N.Y.P.D. Finest and the Houston Police Gunners, played their championship game in Washington D.C. as part of the festivities during National Police Week.
Today, two of the original seven teams, (N.Y.P.D., and L.A.P.D.) are still in the league. At the beginning of the 2015 season, the NPSFL will have 20 teams competing.
The National Public Safety Football League is a union of public safety agency football teams located throughout the United States. The teams are united in promoting a positive self image to the public by raising funds for charity through spirited competition. The players, coaches, and staff members of each of the teams don't play for money, but for the love of the game and the desire to help raise money for the various charities in the communities that they serve.
The league is incorporated in New York State and is recognized as a not for profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service under 501c3 statute.
Our Game Rules and Championship Play
The NPSFL follows the NCAA rules for game play, including 15 minute quarters of competitive and fun tackle football. Each league game's Head Official must be a NCAA certified referee.There are currently two divisions, Division I and Division II. Each Division Championship game is determined by a power point system taking into account each team's league record, strength of schedule and head to head match-ups. Each team declares which Division they will compete in at the annual league meetings in November.
The Championship games rotate each year from the eastern most championship team's home city to the western most championship team's home city of each game's participants. For Division I, even years are western most and odd years are eastern most. For Division II, it is the opposite, even years are the eastern most city and odd years are the western most city.