The Minnesota State High School League, in a special meeting of the board of directors on Monday, voted to move football and volleyball back to the fall.

On Aug. 4, the league moved football and volleyball to a spring season amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the board voted 14-4 to have volleyball in the fall. Football passed 15-3.

Football will start Sept. 28 with six regular-season games with a postseason format to be determined. The postseason, expected to be discussed at an Oct. 1 meeting, would end by Nov. 28.

This timeline would mean the first games would be played the weekend of Oct. 9-10. The postseason format could be unique in that it’s expected to be localized.

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Volleyball will start Sept. 28 with 10 days of preseason practice. The first competition will take place Oct. 8, with an 11-week, 14-dual season.

Based on Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, fall volleyball will have no fans. Football will allow 250 people total.

The MSHSL sent out surveys last week to league members. Of the 394 responses, 76 percent of MSHSL members said they wanted fall volleyball and 80 percent said they wanted fall football.

The MSHSL will discuss winter sports at the next scheduled board meeting, Oct. 1.

Minnesota was one of the few remaining states in the region to not be playing high school football this fall. North Dakota and South Dakota are about a month into the season, while Wisconsin and Michigan are also holding fall football seasons. Illinois doesn’t currently plan to play fall football.

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