Eight-Player Football

Tournament Information

2018 8-Player Football State Championship
Saturday, Nov. 3
Site TBA

West Bracket Winner vs. East Bracket Winner - 1 p.m.


2018 8-Player Football Playoff Semifinals

Friday, Oct. 26

Winner of West #1 vs.West #4 Game vs. Winner of West #2 vs. West #3 Game - 7 p.m.
Winner of East #1 vs. East #4 Game vs. Winner of East #2 vs. East #3 Game - 7 p.m.


2018 8-Player Football Playoff Quarterfinals

Friday, Oct. 19

#1 Luck (9-0) vs. #4 Florence (6-1)  @ Luck - 6 p.m.
#2 Northwood/Solon Springs (8-1) vs.  #3 Shell Lake (7-2) @ Northwood - 7 p.m.
#1 Newman Catholic (9-0) vs. #4 Gibraltar (7-2) @ Merrill - 6 p.m.
 #2 Sevastopol (8-1) vs. #3 Oakfield (8-1) @ Sevastopol - 7 p.m.

2018 Eight-Player Football

8-player Standings

8-Player Programs with 3-Year Average Enrollment

Abundant Life Christian/St. Ambrose Academy - 126
Birchwood/Winter - 151
Bowler/Gresham - 184
Bruce - 145
Clayton - 119
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah - 144
Florence - 107
Frederic - 122
Gibraltar - 191
Gillett - 160
Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran - 122
Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas - 130
Lincoln - 178
Luck - 137
McDonell Catholic - 155
Mellen - 85
Menominee Indian - 266*
Mercer/Butternut - 106
New Auburn - 87
Newman Catholic - 128
Northwood/Solon Springs - 183
Oakfield - 142
Oneida Nation - 128
Phillips - 236*
Port Edwards - 109
Prairie Farm - 98
Sevastopol - 186
Shell Lake 192
Siren - 141
Washburn/Bayfield - 307*
Wausaukee - 159
Wisconsin Heights - 229*


* Not eligible for playoffs. Only schools with a three-year enrollment average of 200 or less are eligible for the playoff series.

The WIAA sponsored reduced-player football prior to the advent of the football playoff system in 1976. There were 78 schools that fielded reduced-player squads in the late 1950s, 72 of which were eight-player teams and six that were six-player. However, that number dwindled to just a few programs by 1969.

8-Player vs. 11-Player

EIGHT-PLAYER RULES


GENERAL: Eleven-player rules are used for eight-player football with the following modifications. 


RULE 1: Each team has 8 players. The field is 80 yards between goal lines and 40 yards wide with  15-yard side zones. Seven-yard marks, 12 inches in length and 4 inches in width, shall be located 7 yards from each sideline. The 7-yard marks shall be marked so that at least each 10-yard line bisects the 7-yard marks. These marks shall not be required if the field is visibly numbered. If on-the-field numbers are used, the tops of those numbers shall be 7 yards from the sideline. By state association adoption, the 11-player field may be designated as official, and the dimensions of the field may be altered. 


RULE 2: The free-blocking zone is a square area extending laterally 3 yards either side of the spot of the 

snap and 3 yards behind each line of scrimmage. 


RULE 2: The Outside Nine Yard Mark and Between Nine Yard Mark Conferences shall be held outside or 

between the seven yard marks, respectively. 


RULE 6:K’s free-kick line is its 30-yard line and R’s free-kick line is the 40. 


RULE 7: a. At least five A players shall be on their line at the snap and may have any legal jersey number. 

b. After the ball is marked ready for play, each player of A who participated in the previous 

down, and each substitute for A must have been, momentarily, between the 7-yard marks, 

before the snap. 

c. Each A player (regardless of jersey number) who at the snap was on an end of the 

 scrimmage line (total of two) and each A  

player who at the snap was legally behind the 

scrimmage line (possible total of three) is eligible. 


RULE 8: On the eight-player field, the ball is snapped after a touchback and is free kicked after a safety 

from the 15-yard line. 


RULE 10: The basic spot for a foul as in 10-4-6 shall be the 15-yard line.

For the Jamboree, a 100 yard field will be used.

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