Arizona adds new Open Division to high school football playoffs

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The Arizona high school football playoffs will have a different look in 2019 with the addition of an Open Division to its playoff structure.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced that the Open Division will feature eight teams from the 6A, 5A and 4A classification based on computer rankings system. Teams that don’t qualify for the Open Division will be placed into 16-team playoffs in 6A, 5A and 4A.

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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.