Districts are Attempt to Solve Football Problem in Minnesota

Updated: 06/02/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 06/02/2014 5:19 PM
By: Associated Press

The Minnesota State High School League has a plan to solve scheduling problems plaguing many of the state's 371 football teams for the past decade.

Board of directors' approval was unanimous Monday for implementing in 2015 a system with 18 districts to create game schedules, instead of typical conferences. The majority of schools were put in districts with most if not all of their current conference foes.

In the Northland, Duluth East will be in the North Central District with teams like Alexandria, Brainerd, Bemidji and Moorhead. Duluth Denfeld is in the Northeast District. This could end their longtime crosstown rivalry. 

Driven by enrollment shifts and competitive imbalance that increased scheduling challenges and complaints, the MSHSL formed districts ranging from 12 to 28 teams based on school location, size, likeness and rivalry preferences. Sub-districts will form soon to finalize schedules. A limited amount of inter-district games can be approved.

The MSHSL said more than 90 percent of teams had their requests met.

To view a map of the districts, click here.

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