A day before Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) was scheduled to play for the Southern California Regional girls' soccer title, the school learned that starting next year its girls' soccer program will be assigned to CIF Southern Section Division 1, based on the proposed conference alignments released Friday afternoon.
Unlike most states where playoff alignment is determined purely by enrollment, the CIF Southern Section bases its playoff divisions on conference alignment. Los Osos and former SoCal power Upland (Calif.) are part of the Baseline League, which is being reassigned from Division 2 to Division 1. The Foothill League, which featured Saugus (Calif.) and West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.), is dropping from Division 1 to 2 in the only moves between the top divisions.
The Southern Section has 74 girls' soccer leagues that are spread among seven playoff divisions.
Other interesting moves include the Sierra League, with Claremont (Calif.), moving from Division 3 to Division 2 and the Golden League, with Quartz Hill (Calif.), dropping from Division 3 to Division 4.