Four more states begin playing high school football bringing the total to 29

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With Maryland and Minnesota reversing their original decisions to move high school football to the Spring of 2021, there will now be 36 states playing high school football now during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

This week, four more states — New Hampshire, North Carolina (private schools), South Carolina and Wisconsin — start playing, which brings the total on the high school gridiron right now to 29.

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Playing High School Football NOW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina (private schools)
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Seven more states will join the party over the coming weeks.

States Starting High School Football in the Coming Weeks (Regular Season Start Date)

  • Arizona (September 30)
  • Colorado (October 8)
  • Delaware (October 23)
  • Louisiana (October 1)
  • Maryland (October 27)
  • Minnesota (October 9)
  • New Jersey (October 2)

Right now, 15 states, plus Washington, D.C. are sticking with their plans to play the 2020 season in 2021.

Not Playing in 2020

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina (public schools)
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

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