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Championship Information

Football


 

 

Neutral Site Tournament Venues

Arizona State University - Sun Devil Stadium (ASU)
500 E. Veterans Way
Tempe, AZ 85287

Campo Verde High School (CVHS)
3870 S. Quartz St.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

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

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

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

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, or download the free app and search for AIA events.

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

2021-22 State Tournament Schedule

Open Division:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Dec. 4, 4/6 p.m., High Seed [see bracket]
State Championship: Sat., Dec. 11, 5 p.m., ASU

6A:
First Round: Fri., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Sat., Dec. 11, 12 p.m., ASU

5A:
First Round: Fri., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Fri., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., ASU

4A:
First Round: Fri., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Fri., Dec. 10, 4 p.m., ASU

3A:
First Round: Fri., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Nov. 20, 2 and 6 p.m., CVHS
State Championship: Sat., Nov. 27, 6 p.m., CVHS

2A:
First Round: Fri., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Nov. 20, 2 and 6 p.m., DVHS
State Championship: Sat., Nov. 27, 2 p.m., CVHS

1A:
First Round: Fri., Oct. 22, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinal #1: Fri., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., CHS [see bracket]
Semifinal #2: Sat., Nov. 6, 6 p.m., CHS [see bracket]
State Championship: Sat., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., CHS

Note: Dates/Times/Locations Subject to Change

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

  • Open: Top eight teams from 4A-6A conferences

6A, 5A, 4A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of six (6) games. After qualifying teams are added to the Open Division state tournament bracket and removed from the conference rankings (if applicable), remaining teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 16 and will make up the state tournament brackets. The state tournament brackets will be seeded according to the overall AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps. The state tournaments will consist of four rounds and be single elimination.

  • 6A, 5A, 4A: Teams ranked 1-16 following qualification of Open Division participants

3A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of six (6) games. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Remaining teams will be added to the state tournament bracket based on AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps. The 16 teams will be seeded according to AIA rankings. The state tournament will consist of four rounds and be single elimination.

  • 3A: Seven (7) automatic bids and nine (9) at-large qualifiers based on ranking

2A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of six (6) games. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to the overall AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps of the 16 teams. The state tournament will consist of four rounds and be single elimination.

  • 2A: Nine (9) automatic bids and seven (7) at-large qualifiers based on ranking

1A (12-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of four (4) games. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Remaining teams will be added to the state tournament bracket based on AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps. The 12 teams will be seeded according to AIA rankings. Teams seeded Nos. 1-4 will receive first-round byes. 1A Conference leadership reserves the right to evaluate state tournament participants and bracket seeding based on cancellations, head-to-head and common opponents, and may adjust seeding accordingly. The state tournament will consist of four rounds and be single elimination.

1A: Four (4) automatic bids and eight (8) at-large qualifers based on ranking