POLAND (WGME) -- Big changes could be coming to high school football in Maine.
The Maine Principals’ Association is floating the idea of using teams with eight players, instead of the traditional 11.
Poland Regional High School is one of at least 10 schools talking with the Maine Princpals’ Association about an 8-person league, and how that would factor into the current high school divisions.
The athletic director in Poland says that they would prefer to be an 11-man football program, but that they believe an 8-man league could work.
They say a smaller roster is more appealing for schools that either have less students, or not as many students interested in playing.
He says one of the drawbacks of the league will be how many teams end up joining, saying the convenience of having a smaller team won’t help people who have to travel far.
"Our population is shrinking and we're pretty well spread out, and if there are only eight teams, then they kind of need to be in a geographic center in order to make travel viable for those things." Co-Curricular Director Don King said.