ABL 2021/22 structures confirmed

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

The league has added an extra conference, taking the total up to six, as the ABL continues to go from strength to strength.

Haringey Sixth Form College and New City College 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.

The ABL increased from four regional conferences to five ahead of the eventually cancelled 2020/21 season, and that number has increased again thanks to the inclusion of nine new teams for the upcoming campaign.

St Thomas More High School, Xaverian College, Solihull Sixth Form College, Chadwell Heath Academy, Goresbrook School, Chessington School, Shenley Brook End, The Crest Academy and former EABL outfit BHASVIC are the new entries added into the mix.

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.”