AIA’s football Open Division will have a new Qualifying formula

During the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Media Day on Friday, Executive Director David Hines hit on several hot topics ahead of the 2022-23 school year, including how the Open Division in football will change with a new formula.

It will still be eight teams for the best-of-the-best playoff system for the big schools. But it’s going to be harder to qualify, especially for 4A schools.

The 4A Conference decided to remain a part of the Open, Hines said, even though most coaches at that level would rather not play in that Brutal field.

But here’s the twist.

A multiplier will be used to rank the teams for the Open. Had the AIA used this system last year, 4A would have advanced just one school to the Open. That would have been Glendale Cactus, which ended up a No. 7 seed and lost to Scottsdale Saguaro in the first round.

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