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Return to Play: High School Football 2020 Season Plans

Get state-by-state updates on how COVID-19 is affecting high school football seasons across the country.

High School 2020 Season Plans

Due to COVID-19, many state high school athletics associations are considering changes to their football schedules this fall. While information is subject to change, below is a list of the states’ plans for the upcoming football season as of September 14. Check with your local high school association for more information. States marked in red have moved their seasons to spring 2021.

Click here for a map view of state-by-state high school football plans. 

State

Schedule

Alabama

The regular season is underway.

Alaska

The regular season is underway.

Arizona

The regular season is set to begin on September 30.

Arkansas

The regular season is underway.

California

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

Colorado

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

Connecticut

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

DELAWARE

The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Board of Directors will meet on September 17 to vote on a plan to resume high school fall sports. If approved, sports could begin as early as September 28.

District of Columbia

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

Florida

The regular season is underway.

Georgia

The regular season is underway.

Hawaii

The football season has been postponed until the spring semester. 

Idaho

The regular season is underway.

Illinois

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

Indiana

The regular season is underway.

Iowa

The regular season is underway.

Kansas

The regular season is underway.

Kentucky

The regular season is underway.

Louisiana

The football season will begin on October 8. 

Maine

The football season has been moved to spring 2021.

Maryland

The football season has been moved to spring 2021.

Massachusetts

The football season has been moved to spring 2021.

Michigan

The regular season will begin on September 18. 

Minnesota

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

Mississippi

The regular season is underway.

Missouri

The regular season is underway.

Montana

The regular season is underway.

Nebraska

The regular season is underway.

Nevada

Nevada’s football season is postponed until the spring semester.

New Hampshire

The regular season is scheduled to begin on September 25. 

New Jersey

The regular season is set to begin on October 2.

New Mexico

New Mexico has moved its football season to spring 2021.

New York

New York has postponed its high school football season until spring 2021. 

NORTH CAROLINA

The football season is moved to spring 2021.

North Dakota

The regular season is underway.

Ohio

The regular season is underway.

Oklahoma

The regular season is underway.

Oregon

Oregon has moved its football season to spring 2021.

Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Public League and Philadelphia Catholic League postponed all fall sports until spring 2021. 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island's football season is postponed until the spring semester.

South Carolina

The regular season is set to begin on September 25. 

South Dakota

The regular season is underway.

Tennessee

The regular season is underway.

Texas

The Texas University Interscholastic League will open 1A-4A fall camps on the scheduled dates of August 3 or August 10, with the regular season getting underway August 27. 5A and 6A seasons are delayed one month, with practice starting September 7 and games starting September 24. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools will start practice on September 8 and the regular season on September 28.

Utah

The regular season is underway.

Vermont

Vermont will kick off its 7-on-7 football season on September 25. 

Virginia

The football season has been postponed until spring 2021.

Washington

The football season has been postponed until spring 2021.

West Virginia

The regular season is underway.

Wisconsin

The regular season will begin on September 25. 

Wyoming

The regular season is underway.

Other Youth Football Leagues

  • American Youth Football (AYF) – AYF leagues are currently operating and following guidelines established by state and local governments.
  • Pop Warner – Pop Warner leagues have implemented Return to Play (RTP) guidelines for leagues to start practice and begin competition. State and local guidelines take precedence over the phased approached of the RTP guidelines, and some regions, leagues or associations will be allowed to progress more rapidly than others.

Return to Play Resources

The following guidelines have been provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please use these as references only, in conjunction with applicable states’ resources and protocols regarding return to play protocols.