FHSAA replaces football point system with ratings percentage index

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After a lot of controversy over the point system for high school football, the Florida High School Athletic Association voted to go in a new direction on Monday. They will now use a Ratings Percentage Index to rank teams for the playoffs. 

According to the FHSAA, they decided to replace the point system in order to create more accurate rankings for football playoff qualification and seeding. 

RPI is a way to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based on the strength of their schedules. Rankings come from three areas, in order to make them more accurate.

1.) Your team’s winning percentage
2.) Your opponents’ winning percentage
3.) Your opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage

With the RPI system, margin of victory does not matter. For example, a 7 point win counts the same as a 70 point win.

The new formula will be used for the 2019 playoff qualification.

Here is a link for more information: https://www.fhsaa.org/news/2019/0128

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