The NAIA Football National Championship is decided by a post-season playoff system featuring the best National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) college football teams in the United States. Under sponsorship of the NAIA, the championship game has been played annually since 1956.
|NAIA Football National Championship|
|Preceded by||Small college polls &|
NAIA Division II Championship
|Number of playoff teams||20|
|Championship trophy||Tom Osborne Trophy|
|Most playoff championships||Texas A&M-Kingsville (7)|
|Current champion||Northwestern Iowa (2022)|
In 1970, NAIA football was divided into two divisions based on enrollment, Division I and Division II, with a championship game played in each division. In 1997, NAIA football was again consolidated back into one division. NAIA schools are allowed to offer 24 full varsity football scholarships which can be divided up as they wish. Junior varsity scholarship players do not count towards the total.
Texas A&I (now known as Texas A&M–Kingsville) is still the most prolific program with seven NAIA championships, despite having been in NCAA Division II since 1980. Carroll College of Montana is the most successful team still playing at the NAIA level, with six national titles.
Game name edit
Over the years, the NAIA championship games were played under a variety of names:
Championships by school edit
- NAIA Division II titles are not included in this list.
- Programs that no longer compete in NAIA are indicated in italics with a pink background.
|Texas A&I (Texas A&M–Kingsville)||7||1959, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979|
|Carroll (MT)||6||2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|Carson–Newman||5||1983, 1984,[a] 1986, 1988, 1989|
|Central Arkansas||3||1984,[a] 1985,[a] 1991|
|Central State (OH)||3||1990, 1992, 1995|
|Sioux Falls||3||2006, 2008, 2009|
|Morningside||3||2018, 2019, 2021|
|Pittsburg State||2||1957, 1961|
|Saint John's (MN)||2||1963, 1965|
|Abilene Christian||2||1973, 1977|
|Central State (OK) (Central Oklahoma)||2||1962, 1982|
|Northeastern State||2||1958, 1994|
|Georgetown (KY)||2||2000, 2001|
|Marian (IN)||2||2012, 2015|
|Saint Francis (IN)||2||2016, 2017|
|Saint Joseph's (IN)||1||1956[a]|
|Sam Houston State||1||1964[a]|
|Troy State (Troy)||1||1968|
|Livingston (West Alabama)||1||1971|
|East Texas State (Texas A&M–Commerce)||1||1972|
|East Central (OK)||1||1993|
- Shared title
See also edit
- "NAIA Football Championship History". National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved April 7, 2008.