The Michigan High School Athletic Association has announced that there will be no high school football played in the state of Michigan this fall, citing concerns over the continued spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the MHSAA said that football is considered a high risk sport when it comes to the spread of COVID-19 because of the level of player-to-player contact.

At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall. But while continuing to connect with the Governor’s office, state health department officials, our member schools’ personnel and the Council, there is just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to play football this fall. No one is willing to take the risk of COVID being passed on because of a high-risk sport. Decisions have to be made on our other sports as well, but none of those carry the same close, consistent, and face-to-face contact as football.

Over 34,000 students in the state of Michigan participated in a high school football program in 2019.

Volleyball, Soccer and girls swimming in the lower peninsula are also traditionally fall sports. Both volleyball and soccer are considered to be moderate-risk for the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, it's unclear what a spring football season will look like.

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