For many years conference realignment has been an issue for the WIAA and schools around the state. The number of teams in a conference, number of conference games, and at times level of competition in football has been a big driver for change.
As of right now there are some conferences have as many as 11 teams, others have as few as four. That creates a disparity between how many games teams must win to qualify for the playoffs.
This past winter the WIAA asked the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association to come up with a proposal for conference realignment for football only. After months of work by a committee of WFCA Executive Board members, they released the proposal on Monday.
Under the WFCA’s plan, 11 team conferences would be dropped to mostly eight team, and some seven team, conferences. Those conferences that have just seven teams will be paired with a “sister conference” and play crossover games will count in the conference standings for both sides.
In the end all teams in the state will play seven conference games in a season.
Along with balancing out the number of teams in conferences around the state, some schools will also find themselves changing conferences as well.
The FRCC would be split into two seven team conferences with Green Bay East and West rejoining the conference. Fellow Bay Conference members Menasha and West De Pere would be in the opposite “sister conference” under the new realignment proposal.
The Fox Valley Association would remain split but there would be some change to the alignment of the conference. Rather than being in the south Fond du Lac joins the likes of Oshkosh North, Kimberly, Appleton North, and others in the FVA2. Neenah and Hortonville head west with the likes of Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, D.C. Everest in the FVA1.
The Bay and Northeastern would be “sister conferences” as well with Fox Valley Lutheran and Marinette joining the Bay.
Other big changes under the WFCA’s proposal would be in the MONLPC. Coleman moves back to the MONLPC Small with former M&O rivals Suring and Crivitz. IN the MONLPC Large, Saint Mary Catholic and Mishicot move into the seven team conference.