HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) is changing its format for next season with a new three-tier system for its upcoming football season.
Six teams comprise the topmost division while the other two tiers will have eight teams each.
The teams in each division are listed below:
- Open: Campbell, Farrington, Kahuku, Kapolei, Mililani, Waianae
- Division I: Aiea, Castle, Kailua, Leilehua, Moanalua, Radford, Nanakuli, Waipahu
- Division II: Kaimuki, Kaiser, Kalaheo, Kalani, McKinley, Pearl City, Roosevelt, Waialua
Splitting the teams into three levels gives the OIA flexibility in terms of scheduling. The OIA schedule has only had one non-league game for each team over the past couple of seasons but the new format will allow schools to schedule multiples games before the start of the regular season.
Division I and Division II will use a single round-robin format in league play. The top four teams after the regular season in both Division I and Division II will advance to a two-week playoff.
The format for the Open Division differs as the current option is a double round-robin schedule with each team playing each other two times during the regular season. But according to a report from ScoringLive.com, the OIA is looking at "other possibilities."