Hardest high school football leagues

David Bennett Galloway III

February 9, 2023

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High school football is a very competitive sport. With so many teams vying for the national championship, there is no doubt that some leagues are more difficult than others. This year, MaxPreps named the following leagues as some of the toughest in the country: If you are looking to play at the highest level, you should be considering one of these schools.

The Trinity League

The Trinity League in Southern California is arguably the hardest high school football league in America. Five of its six teams cracked the High School Football America Top 200 national rankings last season, including Mater Dei, which finished with its third HSFA national championship in the past five years.

The league also boasts a number of elite private schools with a rich history of producing college football players, including Ed Luther (St. Paul), Turk Schonert (Servite), and Derek Brown (Servite).

This league is also known for its intense rivalries, notably between Mater Dei, Servite, and St. Paul, with some games drawing crowds in excess of 10,000 people and violence not uncommon.


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The California Interscholastic Federation

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Its ten sections, each representing a geographic area and a public or private school system within that region, govern high school athletic competition in that region.

CIF’s bylaws are reasonably time-sensitive, requiring commissioners to make eligibility decisions and rulings promptly upon receipt of early preseason school eligibility requests and appeals. However, the due process clause of the California Constitution requires that CIF provide minimal procedural due process to those charged with violating the bylaws before any CIF rulings are issued.

The Ivy League

The Ivy League is a group of eight private colleges, each with centuries of history and tradition. They are located in the Northeast and are known for their selective admissions, high academic requirements, and athletic excellence.

Ivy League universities use a holistic review process, which means they consider all aspects of an applicant’s application. This includes everything from GPAs and test scores to recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, and more.

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The CHSAA is the largest high school athletic league in the United States. It is made up of Catholic high schools based in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Buffalo.

It is also the hardest high school football league in which to compete, primarily because of its complicated transfer rules. It’s a good idea to read through the CHSAA bylaws (a 147-page document) before transferring your child to another school.

If an athlete is removed from a contest by an official, it should be handled in accordance with the CHSAA Discipline Procedures for unsportsmanlike conduct by parents, students, and staff. Consistent violations may result in a student being barred from competing for the rest of the season.