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Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association

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Abbreviation  MIAA
Purpose  Athletic / Educational
Formation  1978
Region served  Massachusetts
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
Motto  "Building the Future..."
Location  Franklin, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) is an organization that sponsors activities in thirty-three sports, comprising 374 public and private high schools in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The MIAA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which writes the rules for most U.S. high school sports and activities. The MIAA was founded in 1978, and was preceded by both the Massachusetts Secondary School Principals Association (MSSPA) (1942–1978) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council (MIAC) (1950–1978).


Notably, the MIAA does not use the NFHS ruleset for football, choosing instead to use NCAA college rules with minor modifications. It is the only state in which high school football is played in 11-minute quarters. The only other state association that plays high school football under NCAA rules, University Interscholastic League, uses the NFHS standard of 12-minute quarters.


Girls wrestling gained MIAA status in 2011. Rugby became the MIAA's 35th sport in 2016, following a 2015 MIAC vote that passed by a wide majority.


The leagues in the MIAA are separated into eight districts (lettered A–H).

District A

  • Cape Ann League (CAL)
  • Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC)
  • Dual County League (DCL)
  • Independent
  • Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC)
  • Northeastern Conference (NEC)
  • District B

  • Boston City League (BCL)
  • Greater Boston League (GBL)
  • Independent
  • Middlesex League (ML)
  • District C

  • Atlantic Coast League (ACL)
  • Bay State Conference (BSC)
  • Hockomock League
  • Independent
  • Patriot League
  • South Shore League (SSL)
  • Tri-Valley League
  • District D

  • Big Three Conference
  • Cape and Islands League
  • Eastern Athletic Conference
  • Independent
  • Mayflower Athletic Conference
  • Old Colony League
  • South Coast Conference
  • District E

  • Central Massachusetts Conference
  • Colonial Athletic Conference
  • Dual Valley Conference
  • Independent
  • Inter High
  • Midland Wachusett League
  • South Worcester County League
  • Worcester County Athletic Conference
  • District F

  • Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference
  • District G

  • Berkshire County
  • District H

  • Catholic Central League
  • Catholic Conference
  • Independent
  • Football

    The MIAA Football State Champions are listed below.


    Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Wikipedia

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