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NIRSA Championship Series basketball heads to Wichita, Kansas in 2019

The NIRSA Championship Series  is thrilled to announce that Wichita State University and Visit Wichita will host the National Basketball Championships from 2019–2021!
“Wichita State University is excited to host the 2019, 2020, and 2021 NIRSA

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Become a regional coordinator for NIRSA Championship Soccer

As a member of the NIRSA Championship Series Soccer Work Team for years now, I have had the pleasure of working with many of the current and past volunteers who have served in many different

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Host a 2018 NIRSA regional flag football championship

Hosting a NIRSA Championship Series event is an experience that requires a great deal of time and resources, but it’s also very rewarding and comes with a flood of fantastic benefits. Hosting gives your community an economic

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NIRSA Championship Series regional basketball is tipping off

The NIRSA regional basketball championships are about to begin! At stake for the winners of these 12 tournaments are automatic bids to the 2018 NIRSA National Basketball Championships, which will be hosted by The Ohio

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A new competition: the 2017 NIRSA National Flag Football Championship

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “excite” as “to raise to a higher energy level,” and “to energize toward a strong emotional response.” For the 2017 NIRSA Flag Football National Championships, that definition was certainly met

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32 Students Named to All-Tournament Teams

22 players were joined by 10 officials as part of All-Tournament Teams, announced Sunday at the conclusion of the 2017 NIRSA National Flag Football Championships in Pensacola, Florida.

All-Tournament Officials
Montrell Cade, Georgia Southern
Matthew Eastmo, Creighton
Alexander Dixon, Maryland
Cody Huth, Ohio State
Julie Johnson, Maryland
Britton Lyon, Nebraska
Joseph “JC” Scott, Creighton
Dylan Steinkruger, Nebraska
Mia Stewart, Cornell
Dustin Sturdivant, Stephen F. Austin

Women’s All-Tournament Team
Jayci Grosso, Florida (MVP)
Amanda Chromiak, Florida
Olivia Salzman, Florida
Deliah Autry, Florida A&M
Aaliyah Barrington, Florida A&M
Claudia Cervantes, Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Kristen Castilla, UCF

Co-Rec All-Tournament Team
Miguel Castillo, Angelo State (Co-MVP)
Jacie Klose, Angelo State (Co-MVP)
Brook McCluskey, Nebraska
Greg Shafe, Nebraska
Theseus Jackson, Valdosta State
David Tyson, Georgia Southern
Courtney Johnson, Georgia Southern
Valerie Villalva, Angelo State

Men’s All-Tournament Team
Ruben Jimenez, UT San Antonio (MVP)
Kendahl Roberts, UT San Antonio
Andre Garcia, UT San Antonio
Robell Tocruray, Texas Southern
Christopher London II, Texas Southern
Garrison Wilson, Rutgers
Kevin Caldwell, North Carolina A&T

Florida, Angelo State, UT San Antonio Win National Titles

2017 marked the end of several flag football dynasties as three new schools earned national championships at the NIRSA Flag Football National Championships in Pensacola, Florida.

Florida, which eliminated 4-time champion UCF in the quarterfinals, outlasted Florida A&M in overtime 12-6 to win the women’s national championship.  In co-rec, Angelo State downed Georgia Southern 29-0.  #Team Fain from Georgia Southern had eliminated the 2016 champion Valdosta State in the semifinals.  And, in men’s action, two new teams batted for the title as UT San Antonio defeated Texas Southern 25-19 in an all-Texas final.

Look for complete game stories online in the coming days. But you can rewatch the each of the championship games online now at

Watch the Championship Games Live Sunday

Catch Sunday’s national championship games streaming online at

10:30 am – Women’s National Championship: Florida A&M vs Florida

12 Noon – Co-Rec National Championship: Angelo State-Nebraska winner vs Valdosta State-Georgia Southern winner

1:30 pm – Men’s National Championship: UT San Antonio-Rutgers winner vs North Carolina A&T-Texas Southern winner

3:00 pm – Open Division National Championship

Get game highlights from the co-rec and men’s semifinals and all three championship games via our Twitter feed @NIRSAchamp.  And, we’ll have game stories and All-Tournament Team award winners online Sunday night here at

New Champions Will Be Crowned on Sunday

There will be a new national champion in at least 2 of the 3 collegiate divisions this year following the elimination of the UCF women and Valdosta State men in playoff action Saturday at the 2017 NIRSA National Flag Football Championships in Pensacola, Florida.

The University of Florida eliminated UCF in the women’s semifinals this afternoon 13-0 to advance to the championship game to face Florida A&M.  FAMU needed overtime to defeat UANL of Mexico in the other semifinal 6-0.  FAMU advances to the final for the 4th consecutive season.

In men’s playoff action, reigning champion Valdosta State was eliminated in the quarterfinals by North Carolina A&T, which remains undefeated so far this tournament.  A&T will face Texas Southern, who defeated Stephen F. Austin in other quarterfinal action.  On the other side of the bracket, UT San Antonio and Rutgers were quarterfinal winners and will meet in the semifinals Sunday morning.

2016 champion Valdosta State remains alive to defend its title in the co-rec bracket.  VSU held off an impressive Louisiana Monroe squad 19-18 to make Sunday morning’s semifinals.  VSU will face Georgia Southern which eliminated UCF.  In the other co-rec semifinal, Angelo State will meet Nebraska.

Women’s Playoff Scores
R1: Southern 26, Nebraska 7
R1: Florida 27, North Carolina A&T 0
QF: UANL 14, Southern 0
QF: Florida A&M 27, Georgia Southern 7
QF: Florida 12, Angelo State 0
QF: Central Florida 6, Howard 0 (OT)
SF: Florida 13, UCF 0
SF: Florida A&M 6, UANL 0 (OT)
F: Florida A&M vs Florida, Sunday at 10:30 am CT

Men’s Playoff Scores
R1: Kennesaw State 33, Southwestern 7
R1: Texas Southern 24, Georgia College 21
R2: Columbus State 14, Kennesaw State 6
R2: UT San Antonio 26, Loyola Marymount 7
R2: Rutgers 13, Air Force 7
R2: UCF 18, Florida A&M 14
R2: Texas Southern 32, Western Kentucky 26 (OT)
R2: Stephen F. Austin 40, Tennessee Tech 39 (4OT)
R2: Valdosta State 26, Southern 19
R2: North Carolina A&T 13, West Florida 2
QF: UT San Antonio 26, Columbus State 12
QF: Rutgers 28, UCF 19
QF: Texas Southern 41, Stephen F. Austin 20
QF: North Carolina A&T 34, Valdosta State 6
SF: UT San Antonio vs Rutgers, Sunday at 10:30 am CT
SF: Texas Southern vs North Carolina A&T, Sunday at 10:30 am CT
F: Semifinal Winners, Sunday at 1:30 pm CT

Co-Rec Playoff Scores
R1: Stephen F. Austin 48, Mississippi State 0
QF: Angelo State 59, Stephen F. Austin 6
QF: Nebraska 37, Louisiana Tech 19
QF: Valdosta State 19, Louisiana Monroe 18
QF: Georgia Southern 44, UCF 35 (OT)
SF: Angelo State vs Nebraska, Sunday at 9:00 am CT
SF: Georgia Soutehrn vs Valdosta State, Sunday at 9:00 am CT
F: Semifinal Winners, Sunday at 12 Noon CT

Playoff Action All Day Saturday, View the Brackets Here

Collegiate playoff action begins Saturday.  Get quick links to brackets for each division.

Women’s National Championship Bracket

Co-Rec National Championship Bracket

Men’s National Championship Bracket

Open Division Team Schedules

Watch our social media feeds including @NIRSAchamp on Twitter and Instagram for scores and highlights throughout the day!

And, you can catch Sunday’s national championship games streaming online at  The women’s final starts at 10:30 am CT, co-rec follows at 12 Noon CT, then the men’s national title game at 1:30 pm CT. We’ll also have the open division final at 3:00 pm CT.