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Four things to know about 8-man football in New York

Schools with declining or small student enrollments interested in playing football have turned to nine-, eight- and six-man versions of the 11-man game for decades.
A move to one of these versions becomes the alternative for high schools, rather than discontinuing the football program, if a school or district is unable to work out a merger to boost roster sizes.
Football with less than 11 players on each side is played in at least 30 states and in other countries.
Members schools of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association returned to that list in 2017, by bringing back eight-man football after more than 30 years.
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