CHESHIRE - Reaching the postseason in high school football is going to get easier next year.
The CIAC Board of Control approved a proposal to add two divisions to the state tournament format for football starting in the 2022 season. The current format, which was implemented in 2010 has four classes (LL, L, M, S) where the top eight teams in each division qualify for that class’ state tournament.
The updated format will add Classes SS and MM, which is similar to the format used from 2002-2009. The primary difference being that there will be eight playoff teams per division this time while just the top four teams qualified during the previous iteration.
The format change in 2010 eliminated Classes SS and MM while adding a quarterfinal round to the four remaining classes. The CIAC tried an expanded playoff in 2014 where teams were segmented by size within their classes that yielded eight state champions instead of four, but that was removed after one year.
The classes will still be determined by enrollment for individual schools and by an enrollment-based formula for co-ops while still allowing successful schools to move up classes regardless of size.
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