There likely will be more teams in the football playoffs this fall for teams in Class 1A-4A, although the Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors still has to approve the change at its meeting later this month.

The recommendation for the change came out of the Football Advisory Committee’s meeting earlier this month to add two more teams from each region to the state series for the smaller four classifications. The Athletic Director Advisory Committee unanimously approved the recommendation at its meeting earlier this week. The proposal to add the teams will be on the agenda for the next board of directors meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 29.

If the change is approved, six teams would qualify for the playoffs from each classification instead of four. The one and two seeds would receive first-round byes. In the current format, the four playoff teams in 1A-4A begin the playoffs in the semifinal round of regionals. There are more teams in the larger classifications, so eight teams from each region make the playoffs, beginning with the regional quarterfinals.

The athletic directors committee also endorsed the recommendation to increase the points. Starting this fall, teams will received 35 points for a loss to a Category 1 team, instead of 30, with corresponding five-point increases for losses in the other categories.

In other issues:

• The athletic directors approved the proposal to allow runners to use watches with GPS and to award state medals to the top 15 at the state meet. Both items will go before the Cross Country Advisory Committee.

• The athletic directors accepted the Track and Field Advisory Committee’s recommendation to add javelin to the state series in 2020. The item will reappear in front of the track and field committee in May.

• The athletic directors voted to extend golf’s regular season from 14 matches to 16. The FHSAA board will vote on this as an action item.

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