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JUCO Football Teams: Increase Your Athletic and Academic Skill Level

Oftentimes, football players opt to compete on a junior college football programs (also referred to as JUCO football teams) after their senior year in high school. In fact, many junior colleges are feeder programs for powerhouse D1 college football teams.

For many athletes, junior college gives them an opportunity to improve their GPA and knock out some general education requirements. It also gives athletes some time to develop physically and get experience competing against older, more challenging football players. For athletes who aren’t sure what they’d like to major in or don’t have the grades in high school, this is a great way to keep playing football while moving academics forward.

Make no mistake, junior college football teams compete at an extremely high level! Competing at a junior college gives athletes an opportunity to get two more years of experience playing against college-level athletes, which can help them prepare for the rigors of four-year collegiate football.

Best junior colleges for football

Many different websites and organization create rankings for JUCO football teams. The NJCAA, the governing body for JUCO football, creates its rankings each year based on votes cast by junior college coaches. The votes are translated into points, and the more points a team has, the higher up on the rankings they are. Currently, the top 10 teams in the junior college football rankings are:

  1. East Mississippi
  2. Iowa Western
  3. Arizona Western
  4. Snow
  5. Independence
  6. Trinity Valley
  7. Northwest Mississippi
  8. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
  9. Jones County
  10. Itawamba

Other websites will also create their own junior college football rankings, but the top schools typically align from list to list.

How many JUCO football teams are there? 

There are 65 JUCO football teams in the United States. Teams are classified into the following JUCO football conferences: Independent, Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, Minnesota Athletic Conference, Mississippi Association of Junior & Community Colleges, Northeast Football Conference, Southwest Junior College Football Conference and Western States Football League. To start exploring the wealth of junior colleges across the country, use the following list of junior colleges with football teams. Search by state, conference or school name.

List of junior colleges with football teams

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Santa Maria, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western State Conference  
JC  
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Lancaster, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Yuma, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA, ACCAC, WSFL  
JC  
Little Rock, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Region 2 NJCAA  
JC  
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
North East
 
JC  
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
NJCAA - Independent  
JC  
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Brenham, TEXAS
Mid South
 
JC  
El Dorado, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Oroville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)  
JC  
Aptos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Brainerd, MINNESOTA
Mid West
 
JC  
Norwalk, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Hayward, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rancho Cucamonga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc  
JC  
Cisco, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Glendora, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western States Conference  
JC  
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Clarksdale, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Coffeyville, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Glen Ellyn, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
San Mateo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Clarita, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association, Western States Conference  
JC  
Palm Desert, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Eureka, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference, North Carolina Football Alliance  
JC  
Visalia, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Weed, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Pablo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Wesson, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Bottineau, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
NJCAA, Mon-Dak Junior College Conference  
JC  
Cupertino, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Pleasant Hill, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Dodge City, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Decatur, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Monterey Park, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
SCAA  
JC  
Scooba, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
 
JC  
Thatcher, ARIZONA
South West
 
JC  
Torrance, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Compton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
South Coast Athletic Conference, Western State Conference  
JC  
Iowa Falls, IOWA
Mid West
Iowa Community College Athletic Conference  
JC  
Quincy, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference  
JC  
Cloquet, MINNESOTA
Mid West
 
JC  
Los Altos Hills, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Fort Scott, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference  
JC  
Fullerton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Garden City, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Gilroy, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Milledgeville, GEORGIA
South East
NJCAA  
JC  
Glendale, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Huntington Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
El Cajon, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Salinas, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Highland, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference  
JC  
Raymond, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Nelsonville, OHIO
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Goodman, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA Region XXIII  
JC  
Hutchinson, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Independence, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Fort Dodge, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Council Bluffs, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Grand Rapids, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota College Athletic Conference  
JC  
Fulton, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Toms River, NEW JERSEY
North East
 
JC  
Ellisville, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA (Division 1)  
JC  
Kilgore, TEXAS
Mid South
 
JC  
Scranton, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Oakland, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Wilmington, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
South Coast Conference of the California Association of Community Colleges, Western State Conference  
JC  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WAC  
JC  
Valley Glen, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Pittsburg, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Louisburg, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
NJCAA  
JC  
Ukiah, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc  
JC  
Merced, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Virginia, MINNESOTA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Fergus Falls, MINNESOTA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Granite Falls, MINNESOTA
Mid West
NJCAA, Minnesota Community College Conference  
JC  
Moorhead, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Perkinston, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
 
JC  
Modesto, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference  
JC  
Bronx, NEW YORK
North East
 
JC  
New Rochelle, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Monterey, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Moorpark, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WSC  
JC  
Walnut, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Jacinto, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Garden City, NEW YORK
North East
North Eastern Athletic  
JC  
Corsicana, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Roswell, NEW MEXICO
South West
NJCAA, Western Junior College Athletic Conference  
JC  
Wahpeton, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
NJCAA, MON-DAK  
JC  
Booneville, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Miami, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
 
JC  
Thief River Falls, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota College Athletic Conference  
JC  
Senatobia, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football  
JC  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mission Football Conference, South Coast Conference  
JC  
Poplarville, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Woodland Hills, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Tucson, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Reedley, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Willmar, MINNESOTA
Mid West
NJCAA, Minnesota Community College Conference  
JC  
Riverside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rochester, MINNESOTA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley Conference  
JC  
Mission Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Commission on Athletics  
JC  
San Bernardino, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc  
JC  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Stockton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Jose, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western States Conference  
JC  
Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley 19, NORCAL Football Alliance, West Coast Conference  
JC  
Redding, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rocklin, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Ephraim, UTAH
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Summit, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Chula Vista, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Other  
JC  
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Troy, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Lancaster, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
AJCCA, NJCAA  
JC  
Athens, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Tyler, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA, SWJCFC  
JC  
Wayne, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
 
JC  
Ventura, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Ely, MINNESOTA
Mid West
(Division lll, NJCAA)  
JC  
Victorville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Foothill, South Coast (Wrestling)  
JC  
Coalinga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Coast Valley Conference  
JC  
Culver City, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Marysville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
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