NJSIAA Announces Post-season Football Plans

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (Sept. 16, 2020) – NJSIAA, in coordination with officers of its Football Leagues & Conferences Committee, has announced plans for the 2020 football post-season. To be known as “Football Post-Season Groupings,”  these playoff games will be played during Week 7 and Week 8 of the season.
Key points are as follows:

  • Participation in Football Post-Season Groupings will be open to any school wishing to participate.
  • The state’s various football leagues and conferences will take the lead in grouping their member schools into pools that will participate in a two-game series. 
  • These groupings will take into consideration each school’s enrollment and geography, while striving for competitive balance.
  • NJSIAA will solicit intent cards from all schools and will distribute a summary to each league and conference as soon as possible following the November 2, 2020 deadline. Specifically, these intent cards indicate whether a school wishes to be included in Football Post-Season Groupings.
  • NJSIAA will facilitate coordination between leagues and conferences whenever such coordination is necessary to complete groupings.
  • NJSIAA will host a seeding committee meeting of representatives from all five leagues and conferences. The seeding committee will meet the weekend of November 7; this meeting will be closed to the press. 
  • All post-season groupings will be announced by NJSIAA on Sunday, November 8. 
  • NJSIAA will schedule and assign all games for Week 7 and Week 8.
  • NJSIAA will not provide awards or trophies during the post-season.

Unlike previous years, the United Power Rank (UPR) won’t be calculated and maintained during the 2020 season. However, Gridiron NJ will continue to update the Strength Index on a weekly basis.   
About the NJSIAA                                                                                                                                          
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 436 accredited public and non-public high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 33 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.