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.

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