FCIAC football coaches today received next season’s schedule, which features a realignment of divisions and each school playing two alliance games against opponents with similar recent histories in at attempt to create a more equitable slate.
Each school, with one exception, plays its seven division opponents, one crossover game and two alliance games.
The opening weekend, on Sept. 11-12, is highlighted by Trumbull coach Marce Petroccio returning to Staples, his former school.
Some of the alliance games will be among the most anticipated. They will be played on consecutive weekends, Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3, preceding a league-wide bye.
Both St. Joseph and Ridgefield will face Xavier, Greenwich faces Shelton and Fairfield Prep, the Tigers also take on defending state champion Newtown, New Canaan plays state runner-up Daniel Hand and Maloney, and Darien is matched up with Simsbury and NFA.
With Trinity Catholic no longer playing an FCIAC schedule — its status with the sport remains uncertain — there are two eight-team divisions. Thanksgiving rivals are in the same division, and the top teams have been distributed equally.
The East Division will be comprised of Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlowe, Brien McMahon and Bridgeport Central.
The West Division features St. Joseph, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Staples, Trumbull, Stamford, Westhill and Danbury.
St. Joseph has consecutive games against Greenwich, Ridgefield and Darien coming out of the bye. New Canaan and Greenwich meet in the seventh week.
One of the biggest issues, a Thanksgiving opponent for Wilton, was solved with the Warriors picking up Pomperaug. That game will be played the weekend before the holiday games.
The exact dates and times of games will be announced at a later date.