Eighty players will be on hand for the annual clash at Red Robertson Field on Saturday, June 17.

MIAMI — Because of the addition of districts in Class B, rosters for the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game have been expanded.

Eighty players will be on hand for the annual clash at Red Robertson Field on Saturday, June 17.

That number is up from 72 in previous years.

“The whole reason for having the game is to get exposure to what we think are some of the best eight-man players in Oklahoma,” OEMFCA executive director Micheal Thompson said. “Expanding the roster helps us to accommodate that when we went to 12 districts as opposed to the eight that we’ve had in the past.”

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association doubled the number of Class B districts to eight during its last realignment in 2015.

There are still only four districts in Class C.

There are 44 teams in Class B divided into four six-team districts and four five-team districts.

The 32 Class C teams are split into four eight-team districts.

“Eight-Man Week is an exciting time for the City of Miami,” said Amanda Davis, Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director and City of Miami Director of Tourism. “We look forward to welcoming the players, coaches, and their families into our community. This event brings in many non-local visitors and provides an economic boost to our hotel and sales tax base.

“Miami has a great team of volunteers that work to make events successful. We are thrilled to welcome Oklahoma Farm Bureau back this year as a corporate sponsor.”

The Miami CVB and the OEMFCA spearhead the game and related weeklong activities.

Corporate sponsors include Farm Bureau, Touchstone Energy, and the Oklahoma Center for Orthopedics/Dr. Sean O’Brien and the Miami CVB.

Additional event sponsors include PlayLand Lanes, City of Miami, Miami News-Record, Coleman Theatre, Miami Friends Church, Russell Athletics, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami Rotary Club, Miami Kiwanis Club, Miami Lions Club, Tote Along, Gary Crow, Dr. Mark Folks, The Coleman House Restaurant/Buffalo Run Casino and Alert Services.

“This is the 15th year for Miami to host the game and our tourism team and the local organizing committee is looking forward to another great 8-Man week,” Davis said. “The Oklahoma 8-Man football family is a great group of people and it is an honor for us to continue to host their all-star event in Miami.”

More than 30 all-star cheerleaders from across the state will be on hand for the game.

The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Red Robertson Field.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. and admission is $5 for all ages.

Tickets will be available in advance at the Miami CVB (111 N Main Street) or can be purchased at the gate on the day of the game.

Bill Pingleton, who guided Pernell to back-to-back state titles in 1982-83, will be inducted into the OEMFCA Hall of Fame.

He will be recognized at the annual awards banquet Friday, June 16 at NEO’s Calcagno Family Ballroom and again at the half of the all-star game on Saturday, June 17.

Also at the banquet, 12 scholarships totaling $11,000 will be awarded.

Reservations are required for the banquet and can be made by contacting the Miami CVB (918) 542-4436.