FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS REDUCING # OF QUALIFIERSWritten by John Kuhens on June 15, 2015
The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has voted to adopt a nine game regular season schedule and 16-team qualifier field for all football classes in the playoffs starting in 2016. The change means a reduction from 32 teams who currently qualify for the postseason in each class.
The schedules for this fall and the 2015 regular season and playoffs remain unchanged as previously published at www.iahsaa.org.
The move comes after review of the current playoff system which allows fewer days of rest and recovery between each game in the postseason. In a nod toward player safety and risk-minimization, the IHSAA has been looking at several options.