The NIAA finalized a plan Thursday to create a fifth classification of high school sports, although teams from the northern part of the state will still only play in four levels. Nevada high school athletic's governing board has added a 5A level for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 athletic seasons. Northern teams will no longer have a 4A level. Here is where Northern Nevada 5A, 3A and 2A schools will play football for the next two seasons. Noted below are some minor adjustments for other sports in Northern Nevada's 5A and 3A level.
One division: Bishop Manogue, Carson, Damonte Ranch, Douglas, Galena, McQueen, Reed, Reno, Spanish Springs
No Northern Nevada teams
East: Churchill County, Dayton, Elko, Fernley, Lowry, Spring Creek
West: Hug, North Valleys, South Tahoe, Sparks, Truckee, Wooster
One division: Battle Mountain, Coral-Reno, Incline, North Tahoe, Pershing County, Silver Stage, West Wendover, Yerington
East: Carlin, Eureka, Wells, Owyhee, Independence, McDermitt, Jackpot
West: Virginia City, Pyramid Lake, Whittell, Sierra Lutheran, Smith Valley, Coleville, Excel Christian, Sage Ridge, Oasis, ROP/Sierra Sage
Central: Tonopah, Round Mountain, Mineral County, Pahranagat Valley, Batty, Lund
Northern Nevada will have nine 5A schools and Southern Nevada will have 11 5A schools split over two divisions, including Bishop Gorman, Arbor View, Foothill, Canyon Springs, Legacy, Palo Verde, Liberty, Desert Pines, Faith Lutheran, Green Valley and Centennial. The 4A level will include 17 schools, all from Southern Nevada. The biggest impact on Northern Nevada is two schools dropping from the 4A (now the 5A) to the 3A: Wooster and Hug. North Valleys also will remain at the 3A after spending much of its existence in the 4A. The North will go from two leagues (the Sierra and High Desert) to one league. In boys soccer, Sparks, Hug, North Valleys and Wooster will play in the 5A while Bishop Manogue, Douglas, McQueen and Reno will play in the 3A. Those changes won't take place in girls soccer. The NIAA has only released the classifications for the fall sports thus far.