17 states starting high school football as planned during the coronavirus pandemic

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Eight more states will open their 2020 high school football seasons as planned this weekend, joining Utah, which opened the season last weekend. Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee are the states opening this weekend.

Read: 2020 State-by-State LIVE Scoreboards

In all, seventeen states are starting on-time. The August 27-29 weekend will see Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wyoming start as planned.

Kansas will open on-time on September 4.

High School Football Starting as Scheduled

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Delayed Start or Shortened Season in 2020

Right now, 17 states are working on delayed/shortened 2020 seasons. They are:

  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Finally, there are the 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have pushed football to 2021.

Playing High School Football in 2021

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

Read: Spring 2021 High School Football Start Dates

Vermont has said it may play 7-on-7 football in the Fall, but hasn’t mentioned whether it will play tackle football in 2021.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.