Over the last 10 years, as football continued to grow in popularity at all levels, high school, college and pro, a new approach has been launched. Eight man football has grown in popularity, in particular during this decade. Now, 18 states have official associations for eight man high school teams.
This is where the sport, and it’s cousin, six man football, got it’s start. Smaller high schools, without the population of male athletes that bigger schools have, couldn’t field competitive eleven man squads. As I looked for the history of the eight man game, it was difficult to find anything related to it’s start. Six man football was documented as having started around 1934. But since both sports are typically organized and tracked state by state, I haven’t found any details about the start of the eight man version.
Rules and approaches differ from state to state, but for the most part, the game is similar to the eleven man version. Scoring is basically the same, although a lot of teams go for 2 point conversions rather than kicking extra points. This is mostly due to the lack of players who specialize in the kicking game.
Many leagues use a slightly different football field. Many eight man associations use an field that is 80 yards long and 40 yards wide as compared to 100 yards long and 53 yards wide for normal eleven man games. Some eight man associations use fields that are 100 yards long but only 40 yards wide, and a few associations use standard dimension football fields.
Formations do vary but the most common offensive formation uses a center, twoufabet เว็บแม่ guards, a tight end, a quarterback, two running backs, and a wide receiver. So the elimination of two tackles and one wide receiver is the most common change.
On the defensive side of the ball, the most common change to formation involves the elimination of two defensive backs and one defensive lineman. A very common defensive formation is a 3-3-2 with a nose tackle, two defensive ends, three linebackers, and two defensive backs.
In general, due to the smaller field and fewer players, the pace of eight man football is fast and scores are high. It’s not uncommon to see scores like 72-64 on a regular basis. 100 point games are not unheard of. Many state associations utilize a mercy rule when a team gets up by 45 or more points as a result.