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WPIAL considering change in football conferences

Written by Mike White on .

The makeup of the conferences in WPIAL football could look drastically different next season.

The WPIAL football committee met today and came up with a proposal where almost all conferences in all four classifications will have nine teams. That means there will be only three conferencs in Class AAAA and three in Class AAA. There will be four conferences in Class AA and A. Only a few conferences will have eight teams.

There will be 26 teams in Class AAAA next season, 27 in AAA, 35 in Class AA and 37 in Class A.

The three Class AAAA and AAA conferences will take five teams from each conference to the playoffs, plus one wild-card team. Class AA and Class A will continue to take four teams from each conference to the playoffs because those two classes have four conferences.

The proposal will be put to the WPIAL Board of Control for ratification Jan. 17. If the proposal is passed, it will also mean a major change in scheduling. The WPIAL will schedule all games, including the season opener. For a long time, the WPIAL let teams schedule their first game against any opponent. But with nine-team conferences, the WPIAL will need to start conference play the first week. One team will be off every week.

"The ability for teams to schedule the opener could be gone," said WPIAL Executive Director Tim O'Malley. "We'd like to give everybody a heads up on that now."

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