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Colorado high school football is back on this fall. Here's what it will look like.

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Posted at 1:52 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 21:02:51-04

DENVER — Colorado high school football is back on this fall — at least for the districts that decide to play.

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) on Wednesday voted to allow schools to play fall football, if they choose to do so.

The variances from Gov. Jared Polis' COVID-19 response team will also allow Colorado schools the opportunity to choose to play fall seasons for field hockey and sideline spirit.

As of Thursday afternoon, we don't have a full list of the districts that will play — many were still making that decision. (Check our running list of Denver-area districts below).

But we have an idea of what this unique season will look like, and what the spring season will look like for the schools that decide to wait.

CHSAA on Thursday outlined the format and rules for football this school year.

Here's what schools, players and fans can expect, via CHSAA Now:

• Schools have the option to play in Season A (fall) or Season C (spring). Districts must decide by 8 a.m. Monday, and their decision applies to the entire football program, meaning sub-varsity teams as well.

• Schools can play in one season, fall or spring.

• CHSAA will name a champion for each season.

• All teams will play a six-game regular season. For those that don't make the playoffs, they can schedule a seventh game against another team that doesn't make the playoffs.

• While some games could be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions, teams must play at least four regular-season games to qualify for the postseason.

• The playoffs will be an eight-team bracket for each class and seeded by the CHSAA Seeding Index.

Season A Dates

Sept. 24 — First practice

Oct. 8 — First game

Nov. 21 — First round of playoffs

Nov. 28 — Playoff semifinals

Dec. 5 — State championships

Season C Dates

Feb. 25 — First practice

March 11 — First game

April 24 — First round of playoffs

May 1 — Playoff semifinals

May 8 — State championships

Denver-area districts that will play in Season A (fall)

**This list will be updated as we confirm which districts are playing

— Cherry Creek School District