Florida high school football could receive a major overhaul

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One of the biggest changes ever in Florida high school football could happen next month.

The Florida High School Athletic Association is examining a plan would add a ninth classification by putting the state’s largest counties into a four classification Metro Division. The state’s remaining 59 counties would be placed into five classes for suburban and rural schools. There could also be a change in the ranking systems for the postseason.

On Wednesday, the FHSAA’s Athletic Advisory Director Committee voted 8-7 in favor of the Metro/Suburban plan. The actual motion the ADAC voted on was to not endorse the split.

At the end of February, the FHSAA Board of Directors will meet to vote on the proposed overhaul of high school football, which could go into effect for the 2022 season.

The FHSAA’s football advisory committee has unanimously approved the proposal.

The state’s most densely populated counties are: Duval, Seminole, Orange, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

During 2021, six of the eight state champions came from the metro areas:

All six of those teams finished the season ranked in the High School Football America 100 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football.

Related: High School Football America 100

The only state champs from the suburban areas in 2021 were Venice (8A) and Madison County (1A).

If the plan is approved, classifications would still be determined by school enrollments.

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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.