UIL announces delayed start for Class 6A, 5A for 2020 high school football season

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AUSTIN, Texas - Friday Night Lights will take place in 2020, but it has been pushed back a few weeks for some larger schools dealing with surge in COVID-19 cases.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced its modified 2020-21 calendar, including an updated start date for all fall sports.

This updated plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, where they've seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, while allowed schools in Confereces 1A-4A to begin the season on schedule. given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule.

Football in Conferences 5A-6A will begin practices on Sept. 7 and their first games will be on Sept. 24. Conferences 1A-4A will have its first day of football practices on Aug. 3 and its football season will begin on Aug. 27.

Volleyball for Conferences in 5A-6A will push back the first day of practices to Sept. 7 and the first games on Sept. 14. Conferences 1A-4A will begin practices on Aug. 3 and can have its first games on Aug. 10.

Marching bands can begin their curriculum on Sept. 7.

Below is the full UIL 2020 Fall Athletics Schedule:

UIL formulated this plan with the understanding that not all schools will be able to start at the same time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UIL said they would work with schools directly with any scheduling issues.

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt in a statement. “While understanding situations change and there will likely be interruptions that will require flexibility and patience, we are hopeful this plan allows students to participate in the education-based activities they love in a way that prioritizes safety and mitigates risk of COVID-19 spread.”

The UIL also released its updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines, set to take effect August 1.

CLICK HERE for the UIL modified 2020-21 calendar.