Participants in the new Northern California regional football playoffs will be selected on Dec. 2, the Sunday after the North Coast Section playoffs are complete, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Tuesday.
The sites for the Northern California and Southern California regional games (Dec. 7-8), from which teams have a chance to qualify for a CIF state bowl game, are to be determined. The regional games will be held preferably at neutral sites nearby a participating team, such as a college or professional venue, but individual high schools can also apply to host a game, the CIF indicated.
The Division IV and Division I regional games are slated for Friday, Dec. 7, and the Div. II, Div. III and Open games would be on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the goal being to play all of the games at 7:30 p.m. The state bowl games will be back at The Home Depot Center Dec. 14-15 at the same times as last year. San Jose City College is one of the early sites being considered for a regional game.
The state indicated that if you have two schools facing each other from the same section, or the same geographical proximity, in a regional game, then they may need a larger venue. The state will use the same criteria in selecting the regional participants that it uses for the CIF state bowl games, according to CIF. Participating teams must be section champions.
The state regional games are actually returning in the modern era. They used to have regional playoffs in 1920s and 1930s. The state indicated that “in a perfect world” it would have a straight state-wide playoff system, but that would have teams playing until Super Bowl Sunday.