OHSAA announces football regions for 2021 season

By Tim Stried - For Ohio Valley Publishing

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season on Tuesday. The 10-week regular-season begins the week of Aug. 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin Oct. 29-30.

As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.

The 2021 football regions are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2021.

In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days from June 1 through July 31 to conduct voluntary conditioning, strength training and instructional opportunities. In football, helmets may be worn during summer voluntary sessions.

Also in the sport of football, there is a mandatory five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes prior to contact. Two of those days can be completed in July so that shoulder pads can be worn on the first day of practice Aug. 1.

2021 OHSAA Football Calendar


1: First Day of Official Coaching Permitted

6-14: Scrimmage Dates

16: Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is Aug. 20)


14: First Weekly Computer Points Released (every Tuesday after Week 4)

23: Regular-Season Ends

24: Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced

29-30: Regional Playoffs First Round


5-6: Regional Quarterfinals

12-13: Regional Semifinals

19-20: Regional Finals

26-27: State Semifinals


2-4: State Championships in Canton

By Tim Stried

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Tim Stried is the Director of Media Relations for the OHSAA.

Tim Stried is the Director of Media Relations for the OHSAA.