Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
FILE: Davis and Copper Hills play in 5A girls soccer state semifinal action at Juan Diego Catholic High School on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

The landscape of high school girls soccer changes drastically this season with a major realignment by the UHSAA and the introduction of an additional classification.

It means that later this October, five state championships will be handed out instead of four. Realignment shouldn’t have too much of an impact on the new Class 6A and 5A, but it will have a major impact on the state title contenders in the revamped Class 4A, 3A and 2A.

With the season getting underway on Tuesday, here’s a primer on what to expect for all five classifications with the Deseret News team-by-team preseason capsules:






This year’s Deseret News coaches preseason rankings feature some familiar faces at the top of their respective classification — Davis (6A), Alta (5A), Juan Diego (4A), Waterford (2A) — and then a newcomer in Morgan in Class 3A.

Here’s a look at each classification’s preseason rankings:

Class 6A Preseason Rankings

1. Davis

2. Fremont

3. American Fork

4. Copper Hills

5. Weber

Class 5A Preseason Rankings

1. Alta

2. Timpview

3. East

4. Skyline

5. Woods Cross

Class 4A Preseason Rankings

1. Juan Diego

2. Logan

3. Snow Canyon

4. Bonneville

5. Desert Hills

Class 3A Preseason Rankings

1. Morgan

2. Manti

3. Maeser Prep

4. Summit Academy

5. Judge Memorial

Class 2A Preseason Rankings

1. Waterford

2. Rowland Hall

3. Millard

4. Parowan

5. Gunnison