NJSIAA Members Reject High School Football State Championship Proposal

ROBBINSVILLE– The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) voted Monday to maintain the status quo in the high school football state playoff format, rather than approving a proposal to allow teams representing member schools to compete for overall group state championships.

The final vote was 183 member schools against the proposal and 95 for, with three members abstaining.

“We’re a member-driven organization, and our member schools have made a clear determination on this matter,” says Steve Timko, NJSIAA executive director. “We’ll continue on with our successful, time-tested system that annually attracts large numbers of fans from across the state.”

As a result of this vote, the football playoff format will remain unchanged and the NJSIAA will continue to be one of only two state athletic associations nationwide that do not crown statewide group football champions. All other NJSIAA sports — in the fall, winter, and spring seasons — feature a playoff system culminating with a statewide group-level champion or the equivalent. In addition, football teams representing the 38 non-public NJSIAA member schools have played out to a statewide group championship since 1993.

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