High School Football Numbers Falling in California

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For the third straight year, the number of students playing 11-man high school football in California is lower than the year before.

According to the California Interscholastic Federation, participation fell 2.87 percent from 97,079 players during the 2016-17 school year to 94,286 lat year. 8-Man numbers dropped from 2,124 to 2,088.

11-Man Participation  since 2009

2017-18 — 94,286

2016-17 — 97,079

2015-16 — 100,205

2014-15 — 103,725

2013-14 — 103,646

2012-13 — 102,505

2011-12 — 103,088

2010-11 — 103,921

2009-10 — 104,221

Overall, high school sports participation increased in California for the sixth consecutive year. It’s at a new all-time, up by 2.95% since the previous survey last year. Overall, 808,557 student-athletes are competing in education-based athletic programs in California.

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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.