UIL to use instant replay at high school football championship games

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The University Interscholastic League will use instant replay at all UIL Football State Championship games beginning this fall season.

The UIL plays football by NCAA rules, and each year the UIL reviews exceptions to NCAA football rules through the UIL Football Rules Committee.

The organization will use NCAA rules for instant replay for the high school games with two exceptions:

  1. There will be no coaches’ challenges. All reviews will be initiated by the replay officials.  
  2. Targeting will not be called as a result of a review. Targeting will only be called by the officials on the field.

All reviews will take place in a replay booth, with a collegiate replay official reviewing plays.

“With all UIL State Championship football games at a single location, we have the technology and ability to utilize these powerful tools to make the state championships the best possible experience for coaches, players, officials and fans,” UIL executive director Dr. Charles Breithaupt says. “Instant replay will help ensure that the calls during the biggest games of the year are as correct as possible.”

Replay will not be permitted during regular season games or during playoff games, prior to the state championship.

“We’ve studied this topic thoroughly, and have had many conversations with officials and coaches. The consensus we’ve heard is that our game is ready for this and it will be a valuable addition,” UIL director of athletics Dr. Susan Elza said.

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