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Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
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Abbreviation MIAA
Formation 1978
Purpose Athletic / Educational
Region served
374 public and private high schools

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Ski
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Girls wrestling gained MIAA status in 2011.[5] Rugby became the MIAA's 35th sport in 2016, following a 2015 MIAC vote that passed by a wide majority.[6]


The leagues in the MIAA are separated into eight districts (lettered A–H).[7]

District A[edit]

District B[edit]

District C[edit]

District D[edit]

District E[edit]

District F[edit]

District G[edit]

  • Berkshire County

District H[edit]

State Champions[edit]


The MIAA Football State Champions are listed below.[8]

Year Division Champion
2017 1 Everett
2 King Philip
3 St. John's (Shrewsbury)
4 Melrose
5 Dennis-Yarmouth
6 Middleboro
7 Mashpee
8 Millis
2016 1 Everett
1A King Philip
2 Duxbury
2A Falmouth
3 Hanover
3A East Bridgewater
4 Mashpee
4A Millis
2015 1 Xaverian Brothers
2 Nashoba
3 Dartmouth
4 Holliston
5 Northbridge
6 Mashpee
2014 1 Xaverian Brothers
2 Marshfield
3 Dartmouth
4 Holliston
5 Abington
6 Cohasset
2013 1 Central Catholic
2 Mansfield
3 Tewksbury
4 Doherty
5 Bishop Fenwick
6 Littleton
2012 Eastern 1 St. John's Prep (Danvers)
1A Everett
2 Reading
2A Beverly
3 Sharon
3A Bishop Feehan
4 Abington
4A Cathedral (Boston)
5 Upper Cape
Central 1 Leominster
2 Nashoba
3 Auburn
4 Grafton
5 West Boylston
6 Blackstone Valley
Western 1 Springfield Central
2 Wahconah
3 Mt. Greylock
4 Pathfinder
2011 Eastern 1 Boston College High
1A Everett
2 Duxbury
2A Dennis-Yarmouth
3 Concord-Carlisle
3A Bourne
4 Mashpee
4A Blue Hills
5 Nantucket
Central 1 Leominster
2 Nashoba
3 Auburn
4 Northbridge
5 Leicester
6 Bay Path
Western 1 Longmeadow
2 Putnam
3 Mt. Greylock
4 Pioneer Valley

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home - MIAA Home Page". MIAA. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "About MIAA" (PDF). MIAA. pp. 1, 21. Retrieved 11 January 2015. The MIAA is self-regulating with the 374 member schools providing individual leaders to serve within the 35 MIAA governance units. 
  3. ^ "Football". MIAA. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "UIL Exceptions to NCAA Football Rules (2014-2015 School Year)" (PDF). University Interscholastic League. p. 5. Retrieved 11 January 2015. The total playing time in UIL Varsity games shall be 48 minutes, divided into four periods of 12 minutes each, with one-minute intermissions between the first and second periods (first half) and between the third and fourth periods (second half) (Exception: In games below the varsity level, periods may be shortened by mutual consent of the competing schools). 
  5. ^ "MIAA considers adding rugby to its purview", Boston Globe, Bob Holmes, April 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tuesday’s school roundup: MIAA votes to add rugby for 2016-17", Boston Globe, Eric Russo, May 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "MIAA League Directory" (PDF). MIAA. pp. 1–15. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Football Fall 2014 Information". MIAA. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 


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