Pandemic Impact

View Updated State-by-State Season Start Plans for High School Football

View current start dates for all 50 states here.

All across the country, state athletic association administrators are being tasked with scheduling the high school football season in a safe and substantive way.

Some states are pushing ahead with high school football this fall, while others are rescheduling for the winter or spring seasons. Throughout the coming months, we will try to give you a one-stop shop to find out when teams from each state will be playing football — if at all — this school year.

As more information becomes available, we will update this list.

STATE RECOMMENDED START NEWS SOURCE
Alabama Aug. 20 Capacity in seats and concession stand offerings are limited and tickets are pre-sale only. Al.com
Alaska Aug. 21 Alaska’s high school football started Aug. 21 in limited fashion, with two games in the Valley and three in Fairbanks. Anchorage Daily News
Arizona Sept. 30 The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Executive Board is expected Sept. 2 to make a final decision on a fall football season. AZ Central
Arkansas Aug. 27 As many as 12,000 mask-wearing spectators may stream into War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday night for a high-profile event at which Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to flip the pregame coin toss. Politico
California Jan. 8 Student-athletes and coaches are not allowed to engage in close-contact activities, and training can only occur with exercises and in areas where social distancing can be maintained. Siskiyou Daily News
Colorado Oct. 8 A total of 218 schools have chosen to play this fall — 79 percent of programs across the state. Only 58 teams opted to play in spring. 9 News
Connecticut March 1 The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that it has officially canceled the high school football season for this fall. NBC Connecticut
Delaware Sept. 28 (practice begins) DIAA board has not voted on reinstating fall sports yet, but just voted to approve fall sports dates, which should mean they will reinstate fall sports. Practice would begin Sept. 28, 7 regular-season FB games, 6 weeks of games in other fall sports, 2 weeks of playoffs Delaware Online
Florida Sept. 4 Schools will have to decide whether they will opt in to the state-sanctioned postseason by Sept. 18. Miami Herald
Georgia Sept. 4 About 75 Georgia teams have delayed or canceled their seasons. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hawaii TBD (Jan. of ’21) The Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) announced that most fall sports – including football – would be postponed and possibly resumed in the winter or spring. Lahaina News
Idaho Aug. 21 School districts have developed policies for attendance, limiting tickets and providing distanced seating restricted to family units, and concession stands will be limited to prepackaged items. The Spokesman Review
Illinois March 5 The Illinois High School Association’s Return to Activities revised schedule for the upcoming season has football being moved to spring. Belleville News-Democrat
Indiana Aug. 21 The Indiana High School Athletic Association, with instruction from the state, released guidelines earlier this month that allow each set of bleachers to seat 50% capacity or 250 fans, whichever comes first. Indy Star
Iowa Aug. 28 Stadiums will only be partially full. All fans — and perhaps some players — will wear masks. Iowa City Press-Citizen
Kansas Sept. 4 Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference will have a ticketing policy,. Each player, coach and cheerleader will be given two tickets to the games to give to whomever they’d like. KCTV News
Kentucky Sept. 11 The KHSAA plan says schools must work with local health departments, which have “ultimate authority” on attendance; limits capacity to 50%; and says families or traveling groups should sit together, 6 feet from other groups. Courier Journal
Louisiana Oct. 1 An 8-game football season will be played this year starting in week 3, ‪October 1st‬, full contact practice can begin tomorrow and there will be a scrimmage at the end of the month. KPLCTV
Maine Sept. 25 The Maine Principals’ Association on Thursday unanimously gave the OK for high school sports in the fall. Bangor Daily News
Maryland Oct. 27 Under the new plan, the fall sports season would have seven weeks available for competition with practices starting Oct. 7, competitions Oct. 27-Dec. 12 and a “culminating event/tournament” taking place Dec. 14-19. FOX 5 News
Massachusetts Feb. 22 The state’s governing body for high school athletics, the MIAA has already produced some rules and guidelines and suggestions, the most notable the creation of a fourth high school season for high physical contact sports — football, competitive cheerleading and unified basketball. The Herald News
Michigan Sept. 18 The Fall 2020 football season has been reinstated today by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association after Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 176 lifted restrictions that previously did not allow the sport to be played. MHSAA
Minnesota Oct. 9 Today at a board meeting, Minnesota State High School League voted to allow high schools to play football this fall. Minnesota will now have a fall football season after the MSHSL postponed the season to the spring at a meeting on August 4th. Minnesota Public Radio News
Mississippi Sept. 4 You must be wearing a mask to enter the stadium. Players cannot share personal items like towels or water bottles.No handshakes, high fives or fist bumps after games. Dressing rooms should be big enough to socially distance. The team box on both sidelines should be extended to the 10 yard lines. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while inside the box. The ball should be cleaned and sanitized throughout the contest. Sun Herald
Missouri Aug. 28 Everyone must wear a mask for the entire duration of the bus ride, and temperatures will be taken before getting on the bus. Players and coaches must answer a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire every day. All student athletes must wear a MSHSAA approved face covering under their helmets. All players must socially distance at least two yards apart on the sidelines. Coaches and officials must wear a face covering for the duration of the game. KSDK 5
Montana Aug. 28 Health officials from the state’s seven biggest counties had previously asked Montana High School Association officials to consider moving football to the spring. Four superintendents also asked the association to consider postponing football until the spring. Flathead Beacon
Nebraska Aug. 21 The board left the current postseason football playoff structure in place, even though replacement games for regular-season games eliminated because of COVID-19 will not count in the wild-card standings. Lincoln Journal-Star
Nevada March 5 The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association pushed back high school fall sports to February and condensed the season. Reno Gazette Journal
New Hampshire Sept. 25 All fall sports teams will be allowed to begin practices on Tuesday, Sept. 8, however the NHIAA further explained that individual schools will have the final decisions if they want to participate in interscholastic competition, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. NHPR
New Jersey Oct. 2 Even as the NJSIAA put out its Return to Sports guidelines late last week, a handful of school districts have opted out of a fall high school sports season, citing safety concerns about returning to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. True New Jersey
New Mexico Feb. 22 The football season will now begin on February 22 with a seven-game regular season. State championships will be played in late April and early May depending on classifications. KTSM 9
New York March 1 (start practices) The revised season for football, volleyball and fall competitive cheer, will be known as “Fall Sports Season II” and may officially begin practices on March 1, 2021. Syracuse.com
North Carolina Feb. 26 North Carolina private high schools will play football this fall with games starting Sept. 21 while public schools wait until February. Charlotte Observer
North Dakota Aug. 21 In an attempt to keep their practices as safe as possible, coaches are implementing new rules and protocols to help limit potential transmission of COVID-19. Inforum
Ohio Aug. 24 One of the changes will be that game spectators will be limited to players’ parents, family members or those closest to the student-athlete. Teams are also only allowed to dress 60 players. High school marching bands will also only be allowed to perform at their home games. WCPO 9
Oklahoma Aug. 27 Most coaches are wearing masks at all times. Players also have masks or gaiters on under their helmets and while standing on the sideline. In practice, teams remain distanced in huddles and when going through drills as it allows. The Oklahoman
Oregon March 16 Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak caused Oregon to move its high school football season from this fall to next March. Utah? It’s full steam ahead. Oregon Live
Pennsylvania Sept. 11 The PIAA says fall sports are on. But it’s still up to every school whether or not to participate. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rhode Island Oct. 2 At the earliest, the fate of football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey and volleyball (girls and Unified) won’t be known until after Aug. 31. The Westerly Sun
South Carolina Sept. 25 The private schools are starting Aug. 28 — ahead of the the S.C. High School League, which will begin official preseason practices on Sept. 8, with the first games expected on Sept. 25. The start of the SCHSL season already has been delayed twice since early August. Post and Courier
South Dakota Aug. 21 A South Dakota high school football team has been hit by COVID-19. Estelline/Hendricks has postponed its first two games of the season after two players tested positive for the virus. DRG News
Tennessee Aug. 20 In Nashville, Tennessee, the fall sports season is in jeopardy. On Tuesday, Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Adrieen Battle announced that all sports would be postponed “until further notice” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting Metro football teams to hold a joint press conference on Thursday to voice their concerns regarding the decision. 247 Sports
Texas Aug. 28 (1A-4A); Sept. 24 (5A-6A) Some 4A divisions in certain school districts will return to the field this weekend after the University Interscholastic League (UIL) created COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the summer. ABC 13
Utah Aug. 13 It is the first state playing high school football in a pandemic-stricken America where 15 states — California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia and Washington — have decided not to play this fall. USA Today
Vermont Sept. 25 (7-on-7) football programs across the State of Vermont will be playing 7 vs 7 no tackle football this season. Late last week a schedule was released, but since then there has been recall on the schedule, and it is currently being reworked so that teams will play a more regionally-based schedule instead of one that would require a lot of traveling. Newport Daily Express
Virginia March 5 There will be no football this fall in Virginia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, the Virginia High School League elected to move football to the spring, with the first games potentially starting as early as Feb. 22. The Northern Virginia Daily
Washington March 1 The Washington Metro 7v7 Series is one of the first options to emerge. The WM7 will offer a five-week season and plans to provide exposure for student athletes by live streaming games and creating video highlight cut-ups student athletes can digitally present to college coaches. NBC Sports Washington
West Virginia Sept. 4 Governor Jim Justice announced high school bands will be allowed to play this fall. WHSV 3
Wisconsin Sept. 21 As of Monday, 235 high schools out of 337 in the state are planning on a fall football season. That’s exactly 70%. Gazette Xtra
Wyoming Aug. 28 The consensus in the city of Cheyenne and the entire Cowboy state is that football players and all athletes in high school want to play fall sports. Now that they have gotten the green light to do so, everyone involved is eager to get back to work. Wyoming News Now
Washington D.C. Feb. 22 The coronavirus pandemic may have caused the postponement of high school sports throughout the DMV, but it hasn’t stopped some youth football programs from pushing forward with their seasons. NBC Sports