Championship Information

Football


 

 

Ticket sales for all AIA state championship events will be conducted digitally. Spectators can only attend events in the postseason by ordering their tickets online through the association's official partner GoFan. Click here to access GoFan's site and from there you will be able to select your championship event. Football tickets will first be distributed to the participating schools and all remaining tickets from that allotment will be made available to the public mid-week of the game.

Neutral Site Tournament Venues

Coronado High School (CHS)
7501 E. Virginia Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

  • Due to protocols, Scottsdale Unified School District will NOT have concessions available at Coronado High School. Water bottles will be permitted. Coolers will NOT be permitted.

Desert Vista High School (DVHS)
16440 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85048

  • Due to protocols, Tempe Unified School District will NOT have concessions available at Desert Vista High School. Water bottles will be permitted. Coolers will NOT be permitted.

Highland High School (HHS)
4301 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Higley High School (HIGL)
4068 E. Pecos Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

North Canyon High School (NCHS)
1700 E. Union Hills Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85024

Admission Fees

State Tournament All Rounds:

$10.00 Adults
$5.00 Students with High School ID, Active Military and Senior Citizens (62 and over)
Children five and under admitted free

AZPreps365.com/NFHSNetwork.com Webcasting

Please note that live streaming rights of all postseason events are held by NFHSNetwork.com. Events broadcasted by AZPreps365.com and/or the NFHS Network are exclusive to those entities for postseason competition. If AZPreps365.com or the NFHS Network are not broadcasting, a school or third party may broadcast using the following three options:

NFHS Network School Broadcast Program broadcasting: If a school plans to stream a postseason event and has an NFHS Network School Broadcast Program account, it can stream through the NFHS Network.

NFHS Network Affiliate Program: A third party wanting to become an NFHS Network affiliate will be granted exclusive rights to a postseason event at no cost. The outlet must stream the event solely to the NFHS Network. The outlet may broadcast the event in its own manner and may keep its advertising. Outlet will also be eligibile for royalties. Sample Affiliate Agreement

Any other means: Outside entities may be able to broadcast an NFHS Network "declined event" with non-exclusive rights. Permission must be granted through the AIA by completing a Media Rights Agreement and agreeing to rights fees. click here for agreement

2020-21 State Tournament Schedule

Open Division:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Sat., Dec. 12, 6 p.m., DVHS
     AIA passes not accepted - list of individuals to get access provided by school to AIA.

6A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Sat., Dec. 12, 12 p.m., DVHS
     AIA passes not accepted - list of individuals to get access provided by school to AIA.

5A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., NCHS
     AIA passes not accepted - list of individuals to get access provided by school to AIA.

4A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., HHS
     AIA passes not accepted - list of individuals to get access provided by school to AIA.

3A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Dec. 5, 1 and 6 p.m., CHS
     AIA passes not accepted - list of individuals to get access provided by school to AIA.
State Championship: Sat., Dec. 12, 6 p.m., CHS

2A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Dec. 5, 1 and 6 p.m., HIGL
     AIA passes not accepted - list of individuals to get access provided by school to AIA.
State Championship: Sat., Dec. 12, 1 p.m., CHS

1A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 13, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri.-Sat., Nov. 20-21, 6 p.m., See Bracket, CHS
State Championship: Sat., Nov. 28, 6 p.m., CHS

Note: Dates/Times/Locations Subject to Change

Conference Play-In Tournament

4A: Fri., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., High Seed

3A: Fri., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., High Seed

2A: Fri., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., High Seed

Note: Neutral site games are subject to relocation. Factors include, but are not limited to: location of high seed, contractual obligations, broadcast commitments, seating capacity and travel considerations of participating schools.

State Tournament Qualifying

Open Division (8-team state bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of five (5) games. Following the regular season, the top eight teams from the 4A-6A Conferences combined, based on the AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps, will be placed onto the Open Division state tournament bracket. The Open Division state tournament bracket will be seeded according to the overall ranking of the eight teams. The Open Division state tournament will consist of three rounds and will be single elimination.

  • 6A, 5A: Determined by AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps.
  • 4A: Determined by AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps following play-in round.

6A, 5A (eight-team conference bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of five (5) games to be considered. The top eight (8) teams based on the AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps will be selected to participate in the 6A and 5A Conference tournaments. If one or more teams qualify for the Open Division, the next highest ranked team(s) will be selected for the conference tournament brackets. The conference tournaments will consist of three rounds and will be single elimination.

4A (16-team play-in bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of five (5) games to be considered. The top 16 teams based on the AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps will be selected to participate in the play-in round to be played in Week 8. Winners of the play-in games will advance to the eight-team conference tournament. If one or more teams qualify for the Open Division, the next highest ranked team(s) which lost in the play-in round will be included on the 4A Conference tournament bracket. Teams will be seeded on the conference tournament bracket according to the AIA rankings following the play-in round. The conference tournament will consist of three rounds and will be single elimination.

  • 4A Play-in: Top 16 teams as determined by AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps.
  • 4A Conference Tournament: Eight (8) winners from play-in games. If any play-in winners qualify for the Open Division, the next highest ranked team(s) that lost in the play-in round.

3A (16-team play-in bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of four (4) games to be considered. The top two teams from each of the six (6) regions will receive an automatic bid to the 16-team play-in bracket to be played in Week 8. Final four play-in entries will be chosen from the third place region teams as selected by the 3A Conference region chairs (using AIA Rankings, head-to-head and analytical data as needed). The top six (6) seeds in the play-in games will be the No. 1 seeds from each region and will be seeded based on the AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps. The No. 7 through No. 16 seeds of the remaining teams will be based on the AIA Rankings. Winners of the play-in games will advance to the eight-team state tournament bracket. Results from the play-in games will be included in the final rankings to determine the seeding for the state tournament bracket. The state tournament will consist of three rounds and will be single elimination.

  • 3A Play-in: Top two teams from each region (12 total) and four at-large third-place region teams as determined by 3A Conference.
  • 3A State Tournament: Eight (8) winners from play-in games.

2A (16-team play-in bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of three games (3) to be considered. The top team in each region for a total of five (5) teams will receive an automatic bid to the 16-team play-in bracket to be played in Week 8. The top 11 non-region championship teams based on the AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps will be selected to participate in the play-in round. Play-in bracket will be seeded based on the AIA rankings. Winners of the play-in games will advance to the eight-team state tournament bracket and will be seeded according to the AIA rankings following the play-in round. The state tournament will consist of three rounds and will be single elimination.

  • 2A Play-in: Top team from each region (5 total) and 11 teams as determined by AIA Rankings powered by MaxPreps.
  • 2A State Tournament: Eight (8) winners from play-in games.

1A (8-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have scheduled a minimum of six (6) games including all regional opponents. The top two (2) teams in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. 1A Conference region chairs will break any ties (if necessary). Each of the region champions will serve as the top four (4) seeds on the state tournament bracket, and all eight teams will be seeded by 1A Conference leadership. The state tournament will consist of three rounds and be single elimination.