The University Interscholastic League will use instant replay at all UIL Football State Championship games beginning in 2018.
According to the UIL, Texas High School Football follows NCAA rules, and each year the UIL reviews exceptions to NCAA football rules through the UIL Football Rules Committee.
The UIL says they will begin using the NCAA rules for instant replay with two exceptions:
- There will be no coaches’ challenges. All reviews will be initiated by the replay officials
- Targeting will not be called as a result of a review. Targeting will only be called by the officials on the field
Replay will not be permitted during regular season games, or during playoff games prior to the state championship.
According to the UIL, 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.”