The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has released district football pairings for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The most noticeable change in the assignments is a drop to seven districts for Classes A to 3A, while teams from the state's largest and smallest schools are once again grouped in eight districts.


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CLASS-4A | CLASS-3A | CLASS-2A | CLASS-1A | CLASS-A | 8-PLAYER


Under a format change announced by the IHSAA in June, the organization's Board of Control voted to adopt a nine-game regular-season schedule and a 16-team qualifier field for each class. The board’s action means a total of 96 teams will qualify for the six-class playoff field in 2016, a reduction from the 192 teams that have participated in post-season play the past several years.

The champion and second-place team from each district will qualify for the playoffs. In the four classes with seven districts, two wild-card qualifiers will be chosen, with the first tie-breaker going to three-way district champions.

The IHSAA schedules all games for each of its 334 football-playing schools. While the district groupings were released this week, schedules won’t be released until early February.