2020 Iowa High School Football Schedules
The Iowa High School Athletic Association has released the 2020 schedules for all 330 football-playing schools across the state.
Following months of study, the IHSAA’s Board of Control earlier this year voted to shift football to a one-year scheduling cycle and adjust the regular season format of large-school teams over competitive concerns.
Class 4A will feature 40 teams in a new regular season arrangement that will feature seven groups, organized for geography and with the intention of providing greater competitive balance to scheduling. The groups were organized by measuring a program’s last four years of football results through the IHSAA’s Ratings Percentage Index formula and their last four years of playoff success.
No other classifications had this system applied to their redistricting process in this cycle.
In response to ongoing classification discussions and the implementation of a success model to 4A, the board used a special session to approve football districts for just one season. IHSAA officials dropped the typical two-year scheduling alignment as a one-time measure, a format the will be reassessed by the board again following the 2020 season.
The schedules this year will feature nine regular season games and 16 playoff qualifiers in all classes. Playoff procedures – district champions earning automatic berths, Ratings Percentage Index ranking the remaining at-large qualifiers – will stay the same in 3A, 2A, 1A, A, and 8P. All 16 playoff spots in 4A will be considered at-large and determined via RPI.
For all 330 teams in Iowa, the 2020 season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 28.