MPA to add 8-man football next season

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AUGUSTA, MAINE (WABI) - The MPA football committee passed a motion today introducing two classes of 8-man football for the upcoming season. 8-man football is played just like traditional 11-man football but the field can be reduced in size.

The next step for the MPA is to send out surveys to schools and gauge interest, although at least 5 schools have already said without 8-man football they would not be able to field a team next year.

The offering of 8-man football is designed to solve some of Maine's key issues with the sport... competitive balance, increasing participation and making the sport safer.