JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association has released new region assignments for high school football teams, with few changes and no area schools moving up or down in classification.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FHSAA was forced to shake up its postseason format this season. That resulted in teams having to decide if they would opt-in to the playoffs or opt-out and try and play a full regular season slate.
After all of that reshuffling and many teams in South Florida opting out, what’s left are very similar looking region assignments and a much different looking playoff format.
The FHSAA will determine playoff seeds by blind draw, something that the Orlando Sentinel’s J.C. Carnahan reported that could come as early as next week.
Teams who opted to compete in the postseason were automatically given a berth. That’s great news for schools like Paxon and Wolfson, programs that would have little shot to make it under normal circumstances.
While all teams who declared for the postseason qualified, it doesn’t automatically mean that they’ll make the finalized bracket when all is said and done. In Classes 5A-8A, only 16 teams per region make the tournament. In 1A-4A, eight teams per region make it. Regions with more than those limits will have play-in games if necessary on Nov. 6 and 13.
Five area regions are affected by those numbers, which means play-in games will be needed to determine final playoff teams in those.
Region 1-6A has 18 teams, Region 1-5A and 2-5A have 17 teams, Region 1-3A has 10 teams and Region 1-2A has nine teams
Flagler Palm Coast
Orange City University
Ocala West Port
Daytona Beach Mainland
Daytona Beach Seabreeze
Fort Walton Beach
Lynn Haven Mosley
New Smyrna Beach
Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee
Panama City Beach Arnold
Pensacola Pine Forest
Port Orange Atlantic
Gainesville P.K. Yonge
Tallahassee Florida High
North Florida Educational
Rocky Bayou Christian
Tallahassee North Florida Christian
Tallahassee St. John Paul II
Daytona Beach Halifax
Deltona Trinity Christian
Gainesville St. Francis
Ocala St. John Lutheran
Lakeland Victory Christian
Winter Garden Foundation Academy