By Laws

By Laws were drawn up at the inaugural I8FA meeting on January 3rd, 2018.  To download a copy of the listed By Laws click here.

Name:        Illinois 8-Man Football Association   (I8FA)

Purpose:   To develop and promote the game of 8-man football in the

                 State of Illinois and to the IHSA as a viable, healthy and

                 positive alternative to 11-man football.

Membership: 1) All members will commit on a two year basis with the

                         dues being $250.00 to join and $150.00 annually there

                         after due by Dec. 1st of each year.

                      2) Membership is open to any high schools

                          (and/or co-ops) recognized by the IHSA as Public,

                          Private, Associate or Approved Schools. **Only

                          schools with an enrollment of 400 students or less per

                          the IHSA including all IHSA multipliers will be

                          eligible for the I8FA Playoffs.**

                          (No club teams or non-school teams will be allowed)

                     3) NFHS game rules will be followed by all members.

                         Games will be played on a 40 x 100 yard field.

                     4) All schools must commit to the Association by:

                         April 1st 2018

                         March 1st 2019

                         February 1st 2020

                         January 1st 2021

                         December 1st 2022 and there on to be included in the  

                         following season’s schedule.

                     5) All schools committed by the membership deadline will

                         be worked into the regional schedules set forth by the

                         President & Secretary of the Association for that

                         following season. Schools are expected to accept and

                         adhere to that set schedule.

                    6) Any changes that need to be made to the set schedule

                         must be cleared by the President & Secretary of the


                     7) All schools should notify the President or Secretary of

                         the Association by Dec. 1st if they no longer plan on

                         being a Member School for the upcoming 2year term.

                     8) All schools will abide by all IHSA rules and regulations

                          just like any other sport they participate in.

                          (eligibility, game limitations, rule meetings) ect.

                     9) Any protests or rules infractions will be reviewed by

                          the Executive Committee.

                    10) Schools that fail to abide by the Constitution set forth

                           by the Illinois 8-Man Football Association may not be

                           accepted for renewal of their membership at the end of

                           their two year term.


Organization:  1) Each Member School will be represented by one of

                           the following: Principal, AD or Head Coach.

                        2) The Association will have a President, Vice-President

                             and Secretary/Treasurer.Voted on at Sept. meeting.

                        3) Will meet 3 times per year. Dec. April & Sept.

                             To be set and announced 30 days prior to meeting.

                       4)  A quorum is required to hold a vote and 2/3 majority

                              vote is needed for any change in the Constitution or

                             By-Laws. E-mail votes accepted.



                           1) Will preside over all association meetings.

                            2) Enforce the Constitution, its By-Laws and Policies

                            3) Call and arrange all meetings. Regular or Special.

                            4) Plan the agenda with help from the Secretary.

                            5) Promote and Support the growth of 8-Man Football.

                            6) Help Sec/Tre with planning schedules & playoffs.

                            7) Work on behalf of the Association directly with the

                                IHSA to promote 8-Man Football becoming a

                               recognized IHSA sport with a championship playoff


 Vice-President = Serve in the absence of the President in all said duties


  Sec/Treasurer   1) Take and distribute minutes of all meetings

                            2) Plan agenda of all meetings with President.

                            3) Work on any scheduling / playoff brackets.

                            4) Update all policy changes

                            5) Keep track of all history and records.

                            6) Collect all dues / pay invoices.

                            7) Run and update Association web-page.

                            8) Obtain any trophies or awards for Association

Executive Committee:

        Shall consist of : President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and two of the following AD, Principal or Head Coach.

       They will address any Association disputes, or any schools failing to abide by the Association Constitution.

The “I8FA” Beliefs:

         I8FA believes in an alternative to 11-Man Football.

         I8FA believes in developing a playoff system for the sport.

         I8FA believes in following all rules and regulations of the IHSA

         I8FA believes in promoting academics and sportsmanship.

         I8FA believes in being good ambassadors for the sport.

         I8FA believes in the value of the sport of 8-man football.


I8FA Playoff Structure:

4-7      teams               4 teams will qualify for the playoffs.

8-11    teams               6 teams

12-19  teams               8 teams

20+     teams             12 teams minimum


Playoff qualifiers will be determined by Regional standings.

(must play all regional games to qualify)

Tiebreakers will be:  

1. Head to Head record.

2. Overall record winning percentage.

3. Playoff points (IHSA calculator)

4. Playoff points of beaten teams

5. Coin Flip


Voted on and passed January 3rd 2018.