DOVER — The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association unanimously approved a proposal to expand the Division II football playoffs from six teams to eight at its board meeting this morning.
The expansion, proposed by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association, will go into effect next fall. The Division I football playoff field will remain at six teams.
There are 26 teams playing football in Division II, but only 18 in Division I. Last fall, a 6-4 William Penn team earned the final spot in the Division I playoffs. The Division II playoffs were filled by three 10-0 teams and three 9-1 teams.
The expanded playoffs will not add a week to the season, but will end first-round byes for the top two seeds in Division II. The teams will be reseeded after each round, with the lowest remaining seed playing the highest remaining seed. The higher seeds will host quarterfinal and semifinal games, with the championship games being played at a predetermined neutral site.