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UIL to add instant replay to 2018 football championships

AUSTIN (FanstandATX) — Instant replay is coming to Texas high school football – at least for the state championship games, beginning in the 2018 season.

The University Interscholastic League announced the move Thursday.

The league says it will use NCAA rules for instant replay with two exceptions – no coaches’ challenges, and targeting will not be called as a result of a review. All reviews will take place in a replay booth, with a collegiate replay official reviewing plays.

“With all UIL State Championship football games at a single location, we have the technology and ability to utilize these powerful tools to make the state championships the best possible experience for coaches, players, officials and fans,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said. “Instant replay will help ensure that the calls during the biggest games of the year are as correct as possible.”

Replay will not be permitted during regular season games, or during playoff games prior to the state championship.

“Because we play football by NCAA rules, which allow for instant replay, we have this opportunity. We are extremely excited to add instant replay to our state championship games,” UIL Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Elza said. “We’ve studied this topic thoroughly, and have had many conversations with officials and coaches. The consensus we’ve heard is that our game is ready for this and it will be a valuable addition.”

The 2018 state championships will be played December 19-22 in Arlington.