The MPSSAA football points system establishes which teams from each region make the MPSSAA State Tournament. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams in each region according to the MPSSAA point system will compete in a single elimination tournament, with the region winner advancing to state play. Please note that only at mpssaa.org will you find the official points standings that reflect any changes that may occur week-to-week.
The MPSSAA football regular season runs 10 weeks leading up to the state football tournament with the State Championships on December 5th - 7th. New this year is the official MPSSAA football site for schedules and scores hosted by County Sports Zone (CSZ).
County Sports Zone (CSZ) will be the official hub for school communities to access the 10-week schedule for all 186 schools as well as for week-to-week results. In addition, the MPSSAA will continue to post weekly updates to the region point standings allowing school communities to follow their team's progress, as well as the schedule and results of competitors in the same region.
Required Reporting of Scores Reminder
Schools are reminded to report scores, regardless if you are home or away, as soon as possible at the end of each contest. This job should be appointed to a coach, manager, public address announcer, etc., to ensure that the final score is accurately reported each week. Scores should be emailed to County Sports Zone at FootballScores@CountySportsZone.com or called/texted to Wayne Countryman at 443-858-6890.
Point system for tournament selection:
1. MPSSAA member schools
For defeating a Class 4A school = 8.0 points
For defeating a Class 3A school = 7.0 points
For defeating a Class 2A school = 6.0 points
For defeating a Class 1A school = 5.0 points
2. Non-member schools will be placed in the proper classification according to member school enrollments based on the enrollments of grades 9, 10, and 11, comparable to the MPSSAA classifications. An all-boys or all-girls school enrollment will be multiplied by two.
3. Policy concerning unplayed games:
a. Disbandment or failure to start the season on time will result in a non-game and shall automatically reduce the divisor of the disbanded team's opponent by one game.
b. Disbandment after any part of the schedule has been played will be recorded as a win for the disbanded team's opponents.
4. Winning team bonus points will be determined as follows:
a. A team playing a 10-game schedule shall receive 1.00 points for each game won by a defeated opponent who also plays a 10-game schedule.
b. A team playing a 10-game schedule shall receive 1.11 points for each game won by a defeated opponent who plays a 9-game schedule.
c. A team playing a 9-game schedule shall receive .90 of a point for each game won by a defeated opponent who plays a 10-game schedule.
d. A team playing a 9-game schedule shall receive 1.00 points for each game won by a defeated opponent who also plays a 9-game schedule.
e. For each game tied by a defeated opponent, a team shall receive 50 percent of awarded points.
f. For each game tied by a tied opponent, a team shall receive 25 percent of awarded points.
g. For each game won by a tied opponent, a team will receive 50 percent of awarded points.
5. When an MPSSAA member school plays a non-member opponent who will not play the tiebreaker, the MPSSAA school shall receive points as follows:
a. 4A—4.0 points, 3A—3.5 points; 2A—3.0 points; 1A—2.5 points.
6. MPSSAA member schools whose opponents play more than a 10-game schedule will:
a. determine points from results of first 10 games if member school appears on the opponent's schedule from the first to and including the 10th game.
b. determine points by counting back 10 games from and including the game in which member school appears on opponent's schedule.
7. The total accumulated points will be divided by 9 or 10, depending on the number of games played. Ten is the maximum divisor and nine is the minimum divisor to qualify for state participation. A team must count all regular season games when using the point system determine representation. However, when a team plays the same opponent twice during the regular season, only the first game should count to determine team record and points. No points (bonus or win points) for any teams will be awarded based on the second game.
For more information on the point system and the State Tournament, check out the Football Tournament Bulletin in the "Info Center" of the Football homepage.