More information on editors and circumstances of ACF Nationals can be found at the ACF page. ACF Nationals was first held in 1991, though it is the successor to prior events such as the National Invitation Tournament and All-American Invitational which date back to 1979. Considering the three events as one chain of "ACF-style" national championships, ACF Nationals is the oldest and longest-running national title, at 41 instances in 43 years as of the 2021 tournament. Counting tournaments designated "ACF Nationals" alone, the event had its 29th instance in 2021 (as no championship was held in 1992 or 2020), surpassing the 28 times that the College Bowl NCT was held.
Beginning in 2008, ACF Nationals crowned Undergraduate and Division II champions in addition to overall champions. Unlike at NAQT ICT, the Division II title is awarded to the highest-finishing Division II team in the overall field, rather than being played in a separate tournament. Unofficial winners by the current criteria are noted for pre-2008 tournaments, when known.
For most of its existence, ACF Nationals was smaller than ICT, and was open to any collegiate team, provided that most of those teams submitted a packet (unlike ICT, which had a strict system of invitations and was written entirely by NAQT personnel). In 2015, in part due to exploding interest in nationals attendance, ACF instituted the A-Value, a measure which generated a list of Nationals invitees based on teams' performance at the preceding ACF Regionals. As of now, the Nationals field is capped, and teams are invited by having a large enough A-value for the year, or by being issued autobids for hosting or editing Regionals.
ACF Nationals Master Info Table
Expanded Top Finishers Table
Champions whose names are in bold were undefeated.
|Team||Championships||Finals Appearances (Top 2)||Trophies (Top 3)||Leaderboards (Top 4)|
- The tournament was not held in 1992 or 2020.
- There are no surviving stats from 1991 or 1993; as such, the all-stars are unknown. 1994 stats do not contain full individual information and only contain team stats + the names of the top four all-stars.
- Undergraduate and Division II titles prior to 2008 are retroactive. In years listed as N/A, the stats do not contain enough information to retroactively determine Undergraduate and Division II eligibility.
- No DII-eligible teams participated in 2006.
- The 2002 tournament was originally announced as "hosted by George Washington University;" however, it had to be moved to Maryland due to room access issues at GWU, and most of the staff was recruited by Maryland. GWU assisted in running the tournament.
- National Invitation Tournament
- All-American Invitational
- List of college quizbowl national champion teams