What is the WEABL?


The WEABL (Elite Academy Basketball League) is the premier junior basketball competition in the UK, featuring DiSE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) Institutions – the top Under 19 programmes in the country (Category 1 Academies).

To accompany the elite development of DiSE (formerly AASE) athletes, an elite schools & colleges competition was developed and launched in September 2015.

In partnership with AoC Sport and Basketball England, the WEABL (formerly the Under 19 Women’s Premier Schools competition) offers the highest level of School/College competition in the country.

This weekly competition underpins the developmental needs of potential elite athletes by giving them the opportunity to test their skills at the highest level possible during the academic calendar.

The WEABL is made up of Category 1 DiSE Institutions, split into two conferences, North and South and is for DiSE Institutions only (the School/College/Programme must be a Category 1 Academy and delivery the DiSE Qualification).

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Competition Format

Each season, the WEABL is split into Northern and Southern Conferences.

Teams will play the other teams in their conference twice (home and away) throughout the regular season, and there is no cross over in fixtures between teams in opposite conferences.

The top four teams from each conference then advance to the playoffs.

WEABL Playoffs – Elite Eight

A - Northern 1 v Southern 4
B - Northern 2 v Southern 3
C - Southern 1 v Northern 4
D - Southern 2 v Northern 3

WEABL Playoffs – Final Four

SF1 - Winner of A v Winner of D
SF2 - Winner of B v Winner of C

WEABL Championship Game

Winner of SF1 v Winner of SF2

In all cases, the higher seeded team in any playoff match up (except the Championship Game) will retain home court advantage.