High school football is gridiron football played by high school teams both in Canada and the United States. It ranks among the most popular interscholastic sports in the two countries. This sport appeared for the first time in the late 19th century, concurrent with the start of many college football programs. A lot of college and high school teams played against one another in the late 19th and the early 20th century. The National Federation of High School Associations simply known as NFHS establishes the rules of High School Football in the United States. The rules of this sport are largely similar to the college game with their common ancestry though with some important differences. Some of them are: the four quarters are each twelve minutes in length as opposed in 15 minutes in all other forms of the game and kickoffs take place at the kicking team’s 40-yard line as opposed to the 35 in all other forms of game. Another difference is that the defense cannot return an extra-point attempt for a score. Furthermore pass interference by the defense results in a 15-yard penalty regardless of where the foul occurred.

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                Each state has at least one sanctioning organization for public schools. A separate organization governs interscholastic athletics at most private schools in many states. Each of the sanctioning bodies divides its member schools up into anywhere from 2 to 8 size classifications based on the number of students enrolled at a school and then each of the classifications are further divided into geographic regions. Both the nomenclature and number of divisions vary from state to state. A school’s size classification can change in case its enrollment rises or declines over the years. At the smallest schools variations of the game using six, eight or nine players per side instead of the traditional 11 are encountered, particularly in rural communities or smaller private schools. Students who are homeschooled may also participate in high school football through independent of freelance teams which complete against small private schools. In Florida and some other states law of the state allows all the homeschooled students to complete in interscholastic athletics for their local school district. Training for the upcoming seasons starts usually with weightlifting and other conditioning activities. They include specialized speed and agility training. This begins a few weeks after the end of the previous season in some states and in others as late as August. Furthermore some states allow seven on seven scrimmages while others prohibit formal practices during most of the summer. Double sessions tend to begin and usually last for one week or until school starts near the end of the summer in mid-August. Kansas is one of the few states which limits teams to nine while the regular season typically consists of 10 games in most states. The first game of the season is usually in early September or late August. The final regular season game is usually in mind to late October with the end of the season varying by climate and state.