The new system is explained in detail on this site at: http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/2/950699/1020765.html#msg-1020765
Bottom line is districts still exist and teams will play all the same district opponents, best district record will be the district champion - all the same as it's been for the past decade or so. What has changed is who is in 6A north per the above post and the playoff system. Playoff's are determined entirely by power points (the PP system was modified slightly) for the top 16. First round will be 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15 etc. The winner of the 6A final game will be the Regional Champion and will play the 6A South Champion for the state championship. This is the same number of playoff games as in the past, but with only 2 regions the regional final and state semi-final are now the same game.
While other sports will have conference playoffs/champions - football will not. From a gym banner standpoint for football you can only be a District Champion, Regional Champion and State Champion.
There will be All-Conference teams and to make it on-to the All-Region Team you have to be 1st team all conference. Editorial: I think this is really dumb. While it works fine for conference 5 and 7 which are the same as their district alignments. For conference 6 which has both Liberty District and National District teams coaches will be voting on players (or not) on teams they never played - Yorktown and WNL only play one liberty district team while Hayfield plays NONE. These teams will get screwed in the voting! Also, if the best two running backs in the region happen to be in the same conference only one of them will get region honors.
> Conference 8 Wrote:
> > For those of you that followed the new
> > alignments, The Concorde and Patriot districts
> > remained rather untouched while the
> > Liberty/National got split into D6 and D5,
> > entering what is the remnant of the Northern
> > Region are Osbourn, Osbourn Park, Battlefield,
> > Stonewall Jackson and Patriot High Schools all
> > from the Northwest Region. Does completely
> > region have an effect on either the new teams
> > the old teams of the new 6A-North either in the
> > regular season or Playoffs?
> Considering that Battlefield (2010) and Osbourn
> (2006) have won state championships recently it
> certainly adds some better football programs into
> 6A North.
> However, it's kind of hard to wrap my head around
> how it's all going to work.
> The old 6A Northern Region was 15 teams:
> Centreville (Concorde)
> Chantilly (Concorde)
> Herndon (Concorde)
> Oakton (Concorde)
> Robinson (Concorde)
> Westfield (Concorde)
> Washington-Lee (National)
> Annandale (Patriot)
> Lake Braddock (Patriot)
> T.C. Williams (Patriot)
> West Potomac (Patriot)
> West Springfield (Patriot)
> Fairfax (Liberty)
> South Lakes (Liberty)
> W.T. Woodson (Liberty)
> All of the above are still 6A and in 6A North -
> just 11 additional teams thrown in:
> Langley (Liberty 5A)
> Madison (Liberty 5A)
> McLean (Liberty 5A)
> Hayfield (National 5A)
> Yorktown (National 5A)
> South County (Patriot 5A)
> Battlefield (Cedar Run 6A)
> Stonewall Jackson (Cedar Run 6A)
> Osbourn (Cedar Run 6A)
> Osbourn Park (Cardinal 6A)
> Patriot (Cedar Run 6A)
> Are there going to be Conference Champions?
> All-Conference teams?
> Also, if I understand correctly 16 of the 26 teams
> will make the playoffs? Is that really correct?