What Are the IHSA Football Playoffs?


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The IHSA football playoffs is a series of games that are played to determine the Illinois High School Association's eight group champions. The finals are played during the final weekend of November.

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Two hundred fifty-six teams qualify for the group playoffs. After the 256 teams are determined, they are distributed among eight groups based on school population. The 32 teams in the smallest six groups are split into two 16-team divisions, and the division winners play in championship game. Teams in Classes 7A and 8A play a straight 32-team playoff.

Five victories are required, in both cases, to win a state group championship. Championship games traditionally have been played in Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign and Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

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