Massachusetts high school football will officially begin near the end of February

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High school football returns in Massachusetts next month. On Friday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that practice can begin February 22. The season itself will run until April 25 with no MIAA-sanctioned postseason.

On Friday, MIAA Executive Director Bill Gaine said, “Today’s actions by the MIAA’s Board of Directors are the culmination of the work of our membership committed to establishing optimal standards of health and safety that will provide the restoration of Fall sports for 1000s of MIAA student-athletes.”

The MIAA has adjusted rules to limit rosters to 45 players with six coaches per team on the sidelines. The team box will run from 10 yard line to ten yard line.

Player will be required to wear face masks at all times, including during the game.

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MIAA President Jeffrey Granatino said, “We made adjustments in the fall and had a success first season. We made additional modifications for the winter and our student athletes have been actively engaged since December. Now we are hopeful that with the guidance from the Governor’s office and of EEA, along with the work of our various committees, that we will be able to have a safe and successful Fall II Season.”

Related: Illinois approves return of high school football in March

In mid-August, the MIAA moves the 2020 high school football season to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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