Texas delays high school football season to late September for top two classes

The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas high school sports, pushed back the 2020 high school football season for the state’s two top classes on Tuesday.

Instead of games beginning Sept. 7 for high school football teams in Texas’ 6A and 5A classes, contests will now start between Sept. 24 and Sept. 26. The vast majority of UIL students — 81 percent — attend 6A and 5A schools.

The delay will push back the Texas high school football playoffs from November to December with the 6A and 5A championships now scheduled for January.

Teams in the 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classes in Texas are unaffected by the UIL’s announcement. They will start their seasons and end their seasons on time, adhering to the normal August to December schedule.

Texas’ announcement comes one day after the California Interscholastic Federation announced a four-month delay to the 2020-2021 California high school sports season. California’s high school football season is now scheduled to start in December.

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