AUGUSTA — The governing body of high school sports in Maine is considering sanctioning eight-man football teams.

The football committee of the Maine Principals’ Association agreed during its postseason meeting Wednesday to conduct a statewide survey of high schools to see if there is sufficient interest in the sport. If there is, the organization could add an eight-man football division by 2013.

MPA assistant executive director Mike Burnham tells the Bangor Daily News that eight-man football may be a way for smaller schools without traditional 11-man teams to introduce the sport and get more students involved.

It may also be a way for schools struggling with declining enrollment to continue the sport.

The MPA currently sanctions 76 11-man football programs statewide.