Football key dates

Football General

No more waiting. The Florida High School Athletic Association released its postseason dates and format for each fall sport this week. And county administrators in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas have finalized starting dates for practices and regular seasons contests.

For all fall sports, the opt in date for programs to participate in the state series is Sept. 18. Those that do not can play beyond the established postseason dates upon FHSAA approval.

First practice (per county)

Hernando: Sept. 14 (tentatively)

Hillsborough: Aug. 24

Pasco: Aug. 24

Pinellas: Aug. 24

First regular season game (per county)

Hernando: TBA

Hillsborough: Sept. 11

Pasco: Sept. 11

Pinellas: Sept. 11

Last regular season game (all counties who opt in state series)

Nov. 6

State series

There are no district champions this year. Every team that opts in to the state series makes the playoffs. There will be play-in games on Nov. 6 if there are more than eight teams in a region in Classes 1A-4 and another set of play-in games on Nov. 13 if there are more than 16 teams in a region in Classes 5A-8A. Playoff seedings will be done by a blind draw on Oct. 26 instead of by rankings.

Playoff dates (Classes 1A-4A/32-team bracket)

Region quarterfinals: Nov. 13

Region semifinals: Nov. 20

Region finals: Nov. 27

State semifinals: Dec. 4

State finals: Dec. 10-12

Playoff dates (Classes 5A-8A/64-team bracket)

Play-in game: Nov. 13

Region quarterfinals: Nov. 20

Region semifinals: Nov. 27

Region finals: Dec. 4

State semifinals: Dec. 10-12

State finals: Dec. 17-19