Changes coming to Florida high school football playoffs

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Big changes to the Florida high school playoff system are on the horizon.  The Miami Herald is reporting that the Florida High School Athletic Association is looking a plans that could include the end of district play with teams qualifying for the postseason via a points-based system.

According to the Miami Herald story, the FHSAA proposal would eliminate districts, allowing schools to schedule ten regular season games against any opponent.  Instead of districts, teams would be placed in regions in the state’s eight classifications with points being awarded based on the team’s strength of schedule.  Under the proposal, the top eight teams in each region would qualify for the playoffs with the teams being seeded based on the amount of points they earned during the regular season.  Teams would also being awarded points for playing up in class.

Under the current format, teams are placed into districts and the top two teams in each district advance to the postseason.

Once the FHSAA collects opinions from coaches and athletic directors, the plan would be presented to the FHSAA’s Board of Directors.

It’s possible that the new playoff system could be in-place for the 2017 season.

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