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Changes to Tennessee High School Football Playoffs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn-- The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has voted to change the playoff system for Division I football during the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 school years. 

Under the new system, the state's 32 largest schools based on enrollment will all be in one class (6A) with automatic playoff qualification. All other schools will be broken into five other classes (1A-5A), with the top four in their respective regions entering into a playoff. This will be the same format used in the old 5-class system according to the TSSAA.  

The system was presented during yesterday's board meeting as follows:

"Voted to use the alternate 6-class plan for football classification for the remainder of the current classification period for schools in Division I (2015-16 and 2016-17 school years).  The 32 largest schools based on enrollment will be placed in Class 6A and all 32 will automatically qualify for the playoffs.  The remaining schools will be put in five classes, divided evenly based on their enrollment figures, and qualify for the playoffs as they did in the old 5-class system. The top 4 teams in each region (8 regions per class) will qualify for the playoffs."


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