NFHS approves use of instant replay for football postseason

Iola-Scandinavia beat Racine Lutheran 43-14 to win the Division 6 state championship at Camp Randall Stadium on Thursday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The National Federation of State High School Associations has approved use of instant replay the football postseason starting in 2019.

The NFHS Board of Directors approved the move last week, giving state associations permission to create procedures to use technology and replay to review decisions made on the field.

This revision would allow game or replay officials to use a replay monitor during the state championship games at Camp Randall Stadium to review calls by the on-field game officials on scoring plays and turnovers.

WIAA deputy director Wade Labecki explained at the Jan. 30 BOC meeting what has to happen for replay to be added.

"If the national federation (National Federation of High School Associations) passes the rule to allow us to adopt it, we would adopt that procedure at our state championships, but our steps would be to develop a protocol on how we would do that process," Labecki said. "It's going to be on scoring plays and turnovers only and then we'll have to find an official upstairs and have an official down on the field. And what is the protocol?

"The official upstairs will review every scoring play, every turnover and if they believe the play needs longer review they would buzz down to the field, we'd have a timeout, the review it, make a determination and get it down to the officials."

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