UIL will allow reside streaming of Texas HS Soccer Video games in 2021

Over the past few years, the most common question we have been asked in direct messages and in comments on our site is where and how they can live stream their local school’s game. Texas High School football fans wanted to see their team online, and most said they would be willing to pay for it. In recent years, the UIL seemed unwilling to change its stance on live streaming, but 2020 and the pandemic seemed to be forcing its hand.

Live streaming of the Texas High School Football Games in 2020 and 2021

Shortly before the delayed start of the 2020 high school football season, the UIL decided to allow live streaming of games. Previously, you were allowed to record and broadcast the games, but only after the game was over. Since many games will be played without fans or with limited fans in 2020, the UIL has decided to allow live streaming. However, this did not apply to television broadcasts.

We immediately noticed the benefit of this change on social media. While social media used to be full of people just asking and reporting live results, fans of teams across Texas would watch games online and go to Twitter and other social networks to talk about game action.

This week the UIL met to consider extending live streaming to 2021. The UIL Legislative Council decided in a separate vote to continue the 2020 ruling and allow live streaming. That’s great news for the 2021 season, but the verdict only applies to this upcoming season. While most schools and almost all fans want live streaming of matches as easy as possible, we can expect some changes for the 2022 football season. At least there will be further restrictions, license fees or guidelines in the future.

For now, Texas High School sports fans, enjoy another season of watching your high school and most other high school soccer teams live online on Friday nights!

UIL press release:

See it here: https://www.uiltexas.org/press-releases/detail/uil-legislative-council-meeting-results25

June 15, 2021

Results of the UIL Legislative Council meeting

Media contact: Logan Lawrence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Austin, Texas – The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council met Tuesday to make decisions on proposed rule changes in the areas of UIL academics, athletics, music and politics.

The Legislative Council approved a rule allowing UIL member schools to allow live webcasts of regular season football matches on Friday night. This does not apply to linear shipments. They also approved the change in rules to comply with House Law 547, which affects homeschool participation in UIL activities, if approved by the local school district.

The council passed a proposal to change the start dates for baseball and softball. They also passed a proposal to clarify the powers of the UIL State Executive Committee in an attack on a sports official.

In addition, the Council has made a proposal to allow four play-off qualifiers for 1A basketball for a referendum.

All rule changes approved during this session can be found on the UIL website: click here

A video summary is also available:

Public forum: click here

Business meeting: click here

The Education Officer must approve changes to any rule changes passed by the Legislative Council before they go into effect.

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Written by KP Kelly

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