National Club Football Association to Host Playoff Game in Erie

Monday Nov 13th, 2017

Oakland and Sacred Heart Set to Play at Dollinger Field Saturday, November 18

 Erie, PA: 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.

DSC 3135The 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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