EABL 2021/22 structures confirmed

The EABL structure for the 2021/22 season has been confirmed.

The elite academy league will continue with its two-conference format, dividing the country into a North and South league.

Myerscough College and Barking Abbey were crowned the most recent co-champions in 2019/20 after Basketball England made the decision to cancel the play-offs to safeguard players and staff.

The entire of the 2020/21 season was then postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to all sport that didn’t carry elite status.

Looking ahead to the new year, the Northern conference retains a familiar look, with all eight teams returning.

The Southern Conference remains at seven teams, with no new teams being added into the mix in either conference for the upcoming campaign.

Here’s the full line up for 2021/22:

Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager Gail Richards said: “Being unable to run the Academy leagues in 2020/21 wasn’t something anybody wanted, but it was unavoidable in order to keep players and teams as safe as possible.

“2021/22 is set to be a highly competitive and exciting season, with a number of teams continuing to go from strength to strength, which was evident in the recent Summer Showcase competitions.

“I am sure the leagues will continue to provide a valuable environment for players to develop both on and off the court and I want to wish every programme all the best for the upcoming campaign.”

The new season will begin following the recent conclusion of the EABL Summer Showcase, Basketball England’s seven-week competition that took place in May and June.

Featuring 15 EABL sides and running alongside a similar WEABL edition, the Summer Showcase was designed to provide access to high-quality competition for young elite players in order to enhance their development and progression opportunities after lockdown eased.

With a strong focus on player development, the Showcase didn’t crown an overall team winner upon completion, instead aiming to stage as many games as possible in a safe and responsible environment.

That experience for teams and players alike will no doubt give many a head start moving into 2021/22, making for what should be a highly competitive season that’s not to be missed!

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